Halftime: Lakers 63, Jazz 61

SALT LAKE CITY — Maybe it was the altitude, but the Lakers didn’t play a lick of defense in the first half. Not sure what was up with the Utah Jazz since they should be used to the thin air. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting in the first half. Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher had 11 apiece and Lamar Odom had 10 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers shot 56.5 percent. Deron Williams had 14 points for Utah, which shot 62.5 percent. No way the scoring pace will continue at this rate in the second half, will it?

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