SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz killer Kobe Bryant got his points -- 40 of them -- but in the end teammates Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum gave Utah its first loss in more than a week.
Gasol hit his only 3-pointer of the season with 2:02 left in overtime and Bynum blocked Al Jefferson's potential go-ahead shot with 1.5 seconds remaining, leading to a 90-87 victory for the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
For the Jazz (6-4) the loss ended a five-game winning streak and gave them their second loss to the Lakers this season.
"We didn't give up, man," Jefferson said. "We got beat by (25 in L.A. to open the season) up in their place. L.A. had a fight tonight, they had a fight tonight. These are the games that hurt the worst."
Jefferson had a chance to put the Jazz ahead just before the buzzer but after taking a pass from Gordon Hayward, his drive to the hoop was ended by Bynum, who blocked it.
Bryant grabbed the rebound and was fouled with .7 left on the clock. His two made free throws gave him 40 points for the game -- on the heels of 48 Tuesday night in Phoenix -- and essentially the win for the Lakers.
The Jazz had one final shot to send the game into a second overtime but Bryant got a piece of Devin Harris' 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
L.A. (8-4) won its first road game of the season.
Bryant scored plenty, but did so on 14-for-31 shooting from the field, plus an 11-for-11 showing at the free throw line. Gasol finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bynum ended up with 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
The Jazz got an excellent effort from Paul Millsap, who scored a season-high 29 points on 14-for-24 shooting. Josh Howard added 18 points off the bench and Jefferson finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
As a team, Utah shot just 39 percent from the field (compared to 59 percent in Tuesday's victory over Cleveland) and only 69 percent from the free throw line (compared to L.A.'s 84 percent).
The Jazz also finished with more assists than the Lakers (22-17), fewer turnovers (17-11) and held them to just 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Still, L.A. made the two biggest plays of the game: Gasol's unlikely 3 and Bynum's block.
"Gordon made a nice play (to get Jefferson the ball in the final seconds), unfortunately Al got the one center in the league who was long enough to block it flat-footed," said guard Raja Bell. "That was a bad situation for us, but we had a chance."
The crowd at ESA - as well as most of the Utah team - screamed for a foul on Bynum, but no call came. Afterward, Jefferson gave Bynum credit.
"It (happened) quick," he said. "I know I had it, then I lost it and I tried to get it up real fast because I knew the clock was going down. Andrew Bynum, he's a big boy and he threw it right back at me."
L.A. coach Mike Brown admitted Bynum's block actually came as the result of a communication breakdown.
"He kind of made up his own coverage on Al," Brown said. "We kept trying to tell him to get out of it but he wouldn't listen to us. Whatever he did worked."
Before Wednesday, the Jazz had been on a hot streak, winning five in a row and six out of seven, all after starting the season with a 25-point loss to the Lakers and a 17-point loss in Denver.
"Great effort," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We're coming, we're getting better. We played against a good team tonight. They were a little bit better than we were but our effort was great."