Los Angeles played without 40-year-old Steve Nash after he hurt his back carrying bags on Wednesday at his Manhattan Beach home. Ronnie Price filled took his place and had eight points in 27 minutes. Jeremy Lin (sprained left ankle) also sat out.
The Jazz outscored the Lakers by six points while Bryant was on the court.
Utah led 56-35 at halftime and the Lakers got no closer than 17 the rest of the way. Jack Cooley's layup extended the Jazz's lead to 101-71 with 7:22 remaining.