SALT LAKE CITY -- On their last defensive stand, the Lakers did exactly what they wanted to do.
Robert Sacre turned in the lane and stood tall. Jordan Hill also came over to help. Gordon Hayward's driving shot off the glass, the potential winner, caromed off the front of the rim.
If only someone had boxed out Derrick Favors.
The Utah center soared for a putback dunk with 2.1 seconds left Friday at EnergySolutions Arena, lifting the Jazz to a 105-103 win and sending the Lakers to their fourth straight loss.
"We made a lot of tough mistakes," Hill said, lamenting the final play. "Mistakes that were definitely preventable."
The Lakers are now 1-4 since Kobe Bryant broke a bone in his left knee, and this was the most painful of the losses. It came against a team fighting for the NBA's worst record and, the Lakers said, was the most preventable.
Nick Young, who scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter, fouled out with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Hill left Favors, a fearsome rebounder, to help on Hayward, when Sacre might have had the Jazz's leading scorer, who finished with a game-high 24 points, contained.
"All I saw was Gordon Hayward driving," Hill said, "so just tried to go over there as fast as I can, try to change his shot, alter his shot. Altered it, but just didn't get the boxout."
Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly that he would have liked to call a timeout when Hill went to help, but seemed relatively unperturbed by Hill's execution.
"That's a reaction that players have," D'Antoni said. "Those are instincts, those are things that happen. But you can't fault the hustle from our guys."
In a game without Pau Gasol because of a persistent upper respiratory infection, the Lakers got a good night from Chris Kaman, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Friday marked the first of four straight games against teams with losing records; the next three are at home.
"Can't lose," Young said. "Gotta take care of home court. This game gotta hurt. This game gotta make you go out there and kill somebody out there the next game."
Young pushed himself up off the floor and didn't even look at the referee. He had just committed his sixth foul, pushing through a screen by Utah's Marvin Williams, sending both players to the floor.
The first-year Laker had pointed words following the game, saying he felt disrespected by the referees, while trying to avoid drawing a fine from the NBA.
"Without Kobe out there," Young said, "we're just out there, it seems like. I don't get the same respect as everybody else, and my teammates feel the same. We were all frustrated, but at the end of the day nobody want to get fined, nobody want to talk trash about what happened out there. Just taking it. And that's the tough part."
Young was conscious of the NBA's fine of Memphis forward Zach Randolph, who said his team was playing eight-on-five after a loss Thursday and referred to "horrible refereeing."
"I'm not gonna say nothing about it," Young said. "I don't wanna lose no money. I just saw somebody get fined $25,000. So I need my little checks coming in."
Several Lakers grumbled postgame about the officiating, yet the Lakers attempted more free throws than the Jazz (23 to 20) and were called for one more foul.
Young's run of fouls came at a key point in the game. The Lakers trailed, 96-90, when he fouled out, a calculated gamble by D'Antoni.
"The game seemed to be getting out of reach a little bit," he said, "and I risked it. He had a bad break on his sixth, but stuff happens like that."
Bumped by ESPN
Hopefully the Lakers enjoyed their marquee Christmas Day matchup on ABC, because they might be falling out of favor with the ESPN family of networks.
The Lakers will play at Houston on Jan. 8 in a reunion with Dwight Howard that will no longer be shown on ESPN. The network announced Thursday it had been replaced by Phoenix at Minnesota.
While acknowledging it was odd to bumped, D'Antoni said he understood. When the announcement was made, the Lakers were three games under .500 and without their two most marketable stars.
"They're doing business," he said. "You can't blame them."
But, D'Antoni said, there's an easy way to fix it.
"Our job now is to make them go, 'Man, we messed that up,'" he said. "Everybody has to do the business. Our job is to make it to where we're a good team. Obviously we haven't shown that yet, but we're working at it."
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