Kendall Marshall and Pau Gasol lead the Lakers to a win, breaking their six-game losing streak

A few weeks ago, Kendall Marshall was playing in the National Basketball Association Developmental League with the Delaware 87ers. What a difference a few weeks can make.Kendall Marshall

On Friday night, Marshall started and had a career night as he scored 20 points and Pau Gasol scored a game-high 23 points to lead the host Los Angeles Lakers to an impressive 110-99 win over the visiting Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

“We played well as a team”, Marshall told a Time Warner Cable SportsNet sideline reporter after the game. Marshall also dished out 15 assists and grabbed six rebounds, committing just one turnover. “We wanted to start the New Year with a win.”

Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Phoenix Suns. He averaged three points per game and three assists per game in 48 contests for Phoenix before being traded to the Washington Wizards and released.

“I thought he had a great pace to the game,” LA coach Mike D’Antoni said at the post game press conference seen on Time Warner Cabe SportsNet. “He’s the only point guard we have right now, he’s not having to look over his shoulder. He played well.”

The Lakers broke their six game losing streak, improving to 14-19 overall and 8-9 at home while the Jazz dropped to 11-25 and 5-15 on the road.

“It’s relieving (to break the losing streak),” Jodie Meeks told Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Jon Ireland. Meeks scored 18 points and had six assists.

Gasol chipped in with 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. Gasol recorded his 13th double-double this season. Nick Young scored 16 points, wesley Johnson scored 11 points (converting all five of his field goal attempts) and Shawne Williams added 10 points. Robert Sacre grabbed 10 rebounds and helped Gasol out on the boards.

The Lakers shot the ball extremely well, making 51.9% of their attempts (42 of 81) while Utah made 44.2% (38 of 86).

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 22 points and six assists. Richard Jefferson and Enes Kantner both chipped in with 16 points.

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Big time sports fan of the Lakers, Raiders, Angels and Dodgers. From 1990-1995, I worked at the Glendale News-Press and I had a blast. I covered mainly high school sporting events and Glendale Community College athletic events, but also attended Dodgers, Raiders, and Rams games. I also write for Joel Huerto (former co-writer and editor at the GNP) at onemanfastbreak.net. I watch a lot of sports on TV (basketball, football, usually just postseason MLB) and UFC.

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  1. Marshall is still shit. He was a complete reach and a waste of a lottery pick; his getting dealt and subsequently cut shows that well. Anyone in the NBA can have a breakout game since a player that makes it to the NBA level is supremely talented (though some clearly more than others). The real test for Marshall will be whether he can string a number of games like this one together to show he belongs and turn around the perception that he was a relative bust.

    This is Gasol’s time to shine,either to improve his trade stock or to show he can still carry the load for the team as their number one player while Bryant is still out. He’s certainly not the same player he was even two seasons ago, but he’s still a supreme talent just about every team in the league would love to have as their “problem.”

  2. To be fair, I just wrote a game story….not like I wrote a feature story about him being the next Purple and Gold HOF’er.

    Just the facts.

  3. Bill, he’d be a senior if he had stayed in college, the kid is still just 22 years old.

    Not saying he’s going to ever justify being taken #13 but it’s a bit early to say he’s “shit.” He could turn into solid NBA player. And it may have been against the Jazz but they needed a win against anybody at this point. A six game losing streak is embarrassing when you’re the Lakers.

  4. He was dumb to come out early
    The Suns were dumb to draft him.

    So where was it a good idea?

    I swear If I ran an NBA team I would draft nothing but Euros after the 8th pick every year.

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