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Lakers' 96-71 victory over Utah Jazz comes at the right time

December 28, 2011 |  8:30 am

Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 96-71 victory Tuesday over the Utah Jazz:

  • It's hard to gauge to what degree the Lakers' win means. Utah was playing its first regular-season game -- with new personnel -- and simply isn't a good team.
  • The Lakers' win at least boosts their confidence, allowing them to improve using Mike Brown's scheme.
  • Pau Gasol played much more aggressively against Utah than in his previous two games. That aggressiveness was a big factor in the Lakers' success.
  • No one at Staples Center thought Metta World Peace could throw down a one-handed dunk. It remains unclear how much he can maintain double-digit efforts on consecutive nights. But he appears to be fitting in as a bench leader much easier than he did under the triangle offense.


Metta World Peace's one-handed dunk defies the odds

Things to take away from Lakers' 96-71 victory over Utah Jazz

-- Mark Medina

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