After some of the comebacks the Utah Jazz have had this season, seven points was nothing.
The Jazz rallied again, outscoring the Los Angeles Lakers by 12 in the final quarter and winning 114-108 Friday night to improve to an NBA-best 12-1.
Utah held Kobe Bryant to just two points in the final quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-4 in the fourth while winning its eighth straight.
"They made their run, they got us down a little bit. We just fought back and took the game over,'' said Deron Williams, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the final quarter.
Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 16 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko blocked five shots in his first game back after missing five with a sprained ankle.
Bryant scored 27, but he went 0-for-3 in the fourth with Kirilenko guarding him much of the time.
"Here's a situation where Andrei Kirilenko had four points in the ballgame and he was instrumental in us winning,'' Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "There's no question about that. He was terrific.''
In their previous three games, the Jazz needed to rally from 16 points down twice and 21 points once to win. So the Lakers' 89-82 lead early in the fourth quarter didn't seem like much at all.
Utah outscored the Lakers 32-20 in the final period, closing with a 7-1 run which Boozer punctuated by grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back in with 8.7 seconds left to put it out of reach.
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