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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