The Lakers out-rebounded the Jazz in the first half 25-14.
The Lakers played a strong first quarter of basketball Friday against the Utah Jazz.
After scoring the first seven points of the game, the Lakers paced the Jazz by 11 before Utah reeled off nine straight to close within two. The Lakers counterpunched, pushing the lead back to seven by quarter's end.
Dwight Howard led all scorers with eight points as the Lakers shot 45.8% from the field.
The Jazz shot 42.1%. Paul Millsap had six.
The Lakers have had a lot of trouble this season with Utah, losing two during the regular season and two in the preseason. It's going to take a big step forward against the Jazz for the Lakers to break their four-game losing streak.
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