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D’Antoni apologized the next day, calling himself "an idiot" for making the comment.

The Lakers responded with a competitive effort against two-time champion Miami on Christmas, setting up their visit to Utah.

At a glance

L.A. Lakers at Jazz

At EnergySolutions Arena

Tipoff » 7 p.m.

TV » Root

Radio » 1280 AM, 1600 AM, 97.5 FM

Records » Jazz 8-23, Lakers 13-16

Season series » First game

Last meeting » Lakers, 102-84 (Jan. 25, 2013)

About the Jazz » They have lost four straight home games. … They are 4-1 in their last five games against the Lakers, going back to Feb. 4, 2012. … G/F Gordon Hayward is their leading scorer (16.4). … Among rotation regulars, F Richard Jefferson is the only player shooting over 40 percent from the three-point line (.414).

About the Lakers » They have lost three straight and seven of their last 10. … They come off a 101-95 loss to Miami on Christmas. … F Nick Young (15.7) and C Pau Gasol (14.7) are their leading scorers. … G Jodie Meeks shoots 41.4 percent on 3-pointers. … Opponents average 103.3 points per game — 28th in the league.

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Is it a rivalry game for the Jazz?

"They are just a good team — a good franchise," Corbin said. "I think they are a lot of people’s rival. You always get up to play the Lakers.

"Back in the day when I was playing, they were Magic and Kareem and those guys. When the Lakers came to town, it’s was special. … It’s always special."


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