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Red-hot Jazz heap another loss on Lakers

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Red-hot Jazz heap another loss on Lakers

ONE-SIDED. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell protects the ball from Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in second-half action of their lopsided encounter.

Photo by Chris Nicoll/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The streaking Jazz whip the Lakers by 25 points as the defending champions absorb their worst loss of the season

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each flirted with triple-doubles and Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points in his customary role off the bench as the red-hot Utah Jazz smashed the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-89, Wednesday night, February 24 (Thursday, February 25, Philippine time) in Salt Lake City.

Conley finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the wake of being snubbed as an All-Star reserve, while Mitchell totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in his first game since earning a second spot in the All-Star Game.

Rudy Gobert, also named to his second All-Star team, added 18 points with 9 rebounds as the Jazz cruised to their 22nd win in 24 games. It’s also the 20th time in the spurt that they have won by double digits.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points – all on three-pointers for Utah, which has the best record in franchise history to begin a season (26-6) and the NBA’s best mark so far.

LeBron James scored 19 points but didn’t have much help in the Lakers’ most lopsided loss of the season. Los Angeles, playing without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, lost their fourth straight and fell for the fifth time in 6 games.

The game was competitive in the 1st quarter, but the Jazz blew it open in the 2nd quarter by outscoring the Lakers 39-24. Utah put it away with a 27-17 third-quarter advantage, holding Los Angeles to its lowest point total in a quarter this season.

The Lakers are hoping to get Schroder back for Friday’s home game against Portland. He has been sidelined for 4 games due to NBA health and safety protocols.

Only two other players scored in double figures for the Lakers: Montrezl Harrell (16 points) and Markieff Morris (12).

Derrick Favors added 12 points for Utah.

Utah made 22 three-pointers after draining a franchise-record 28 in beating Charlotte on Monday. – Rappler.com

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