The Lakers still aren't getting it together under new coach Mike D'Antoni, and the Utah Jazz exposed them again.
Paul Millsap scored 24 points and Mo Williams added 22 in Utah's third straight victory, 117-110 in Los Angeles on Sunday.
"They did it to themselves," Millsap said of the 9-12 Lakers. "Our defense was pretty good, but they had no ball movement, and that made it easier on us just to try to load up, keep them out of the paint and let them fire up some 3s."
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, making 12 of 14 free throws, as they fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games since D'Antoni took over from the fired Mike Brown.
"I just don't think we've had a gut-check moment yet. At some point we're going to draw a line in the sand and that's it, you have to fight," D'Antoni said. "It seems like things happen on the court that get us down. Are there possessions we just throw away? Yeah. We have too many guys who will take a possession off."
The Lakers never led in the second half while losing their second in a row.
Bryant missed two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds. "I'm glad he did because that would have hurt," Utah's Al Jefferson said about Bryant's errant shots.
The Jazz owned a 54-34 edge in the paint and outscored the Lakers 19-4 on fast breaks.
"That's the second game in a row now we've given up too many fast break points," Bryant said. "Our half-court defense is OK, just giving up too many transition points."
Lakers forward Pau Gasol (knee tendinitis) missed his fourth straight game.
Knicks 112, Nuggets 106: Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and New York beat Denver to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team at home.
Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.
Thunder 104, Pacers 93: Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and host Oklahoma City beat Indiana for its eighth straight win.
Spurs: Forward Stephen Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for threatening Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka in a Twitter post. The post has been deleted and Jackson issued an apology on his Twitter account.
Bobcats: President of basketball operations Rod Higgins says the team has waived son Cory Higgins (Monte Vista High-Danville) and signed former Warrior Jeff Adrien.
Cavaliers: Coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after a 91-73 loss at Minnesota on Friday night.
The Cavs attempted just nine free throws to Minnesota's 35, and Scott said the officiating was "that bad." He said: "I mean I understand we're playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did."
Celtics: Forward Chris Wilcox has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture toward fans during a game.