Say what you will about the state of the Lakers, but there's little denying this was the Jazz's best road performance of the season. The Jazz entered the game 1-7 on the road against Western Conference opponents, and 48 minutes later had shot 54 percent from the field and scored 117 points against a team that features two former Defensive Players of the Year (World Peace, Metta and Howard, Dwight) as well as Kobe Bryant, who is tied for the most appearances on the NBA All-Defensive team (9) ever. So, yeah, it was a pretty satisfying win for the Jazz.
• Derrick Favors missed his fifth game in a row due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. This time, however, there was a twist. Favors was cleared to play, enjoyed a pain-free practice on Saturday, and went through pre-game warmups. It was there, however, that the trouble began.
"When I was out there," he said, "it kind of hurt a little bit so I decided to shut it down."