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Metta World Peace scored three points for the Lakers in 18 minutes before leaving the court in the second half with left hip bursitis.
Sessions gave another strong performance off the bench, immediately injecting speed and playmaking that the Lakers have lacked all season long. Although he went 1 for 7 from the field, Sessions repeatedly drove the lane -- something Fisher hasn't done regularly for years -- and earned 10 free throws.
The Lakers got off to a passionless start, committing 10 turnovers in the first quarter. Bryant missed his first six shots before hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, and the Lakers made a 12-2 run led by Sessions' aggressive playmaking.
Utah finished the first half on a 12-1 run, taking the lead into halftime on Harris' last-minute steal and layup.
NOTES: Gasol hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, improving his season percentage to 4 for 17. He also hit a 3-pointer from the corner during the Lakers' overtime win at Utah in January. ... Jordan Hill was cleared to play for the Lakers after Fisher apparently reached a buyout with the Houston Rockets, who acquired the five-time NBA champion point guard last week. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Flea sat in the Lakers' radio broadcast. Earlier Sunday, the longtime Lakers season ticket-holder finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes.
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