The Lakers did just that at the start of the second quarter by turning a four-point game into a 20-point rout. Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie again were the first guards off the bench, but Evans came through with the play of the game. Evans leaped to steal a pass by Sarunas Jasikevicius, then hit a shot that lived up to his Kobe Bryant-given nickname of “Lotto.” With Jasikevicius wrapping him up with both hands, Evans tossed in a lay-up while drawing the foul. “I think that’s what having good strength will allow you to do,” Evans said, “is still make a run at tough shots.” The next possession, Evans sank a 3-pointer to send the Warriors into a timeout down 44-28. Golden State made just 1 of 10 shots to start the second quarter; Stephen Jackson and Mickael Pietrus each missed two free throws. “I definitely saw that they were on the brink of letting us take control of the game,” Evans said. “We were all talking about it on the sidelines. They were ready to wilt, and if we could just continue to put pressure on them, we could gain control of this game.” The Lakers are 4-0 with Evans in the starting lineup. He made 8 of 13 shots and later said the biggest difference between starting and coming off the bench is as simple as shaking off a couple early misses. “It’s hit or miss when you come off the bench sometimes,” Evans said. The last thing assistant Brian Shaw wrote on the locker room board as part of his scouting report was “Road mentality” with an asterisk beside it. The Lakers came into Sunday with just an 11-16 road record, having lost their previous three road games. If they are to advance in the playoffs, the Lakers likely will do so without home-court advantage, which will force them to win at least one game away from Staples Center. They will learn more about their ability to do that tonight in Salt Lake City. “You have to gut it out, you have to grind it out,” Jackson said of playing Utah. “You have to be able to play a physical game without losing your cool.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They did it with Maurice Evans making his case to stay in the starting lineup by scoring a career-high 26 points and with the Warriors making just 2 of 19 3-pointers and 9 of 21 free throws. Golden State came in averaging 105.8 points a game. “I told the players this afternoon that we have Mo on our side,” Jackson said, “and we have to stay with it, in more ways than one.” Are the Lakers back after their six-game losing streak? The answer might come tonight against the Utah Jazz, who are leading the Northwest Division with a 37-18 record and are 2-0 since Carlos Boozer’s return from injury. “You can’t forget about (the skid) because it’s so easy to happen,” Evans said. “You have to really stay focused and try and build this streak the other way because. Teams are good in this league and they can take control in a minute’s notice.” His team was on the downward plunge that Sunday and ultimately bottomed out with a six-game losing streak. The concern now is if the Lakers are back on the upswing after their second cruise-control victory in 72 hours. They beat the Golden State Warriors 102-85 on Sunday at Oracle Arena after building a 20-point lead in the second quarter and beating their division rivals for the seventh time in seven games since Jackson’s return last season. • Photo Gallery: 02/25: Lakers vs. Warriors OAKLAND – It was only two weeks ago in Cleveland that Lakers coach Phil Jackson offered a reminder that life in the NBA is nothing more than a six-month roller-coaster ride between winning and losing.