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Anthony Davis had 26 points and 16 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers finished unbeaten in group play of the NBA in-season tournament with a 131-99 victory against the visiting Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, November 21 (Wednesday, November 22, Manila time).
D’Angelo Russell had 20 points and 8 assists and LeBron James contributed 17 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds for the Lakers, who joined the Indiana Pacers as the first two teams to advance to the quarterfinal knockout round.
James scored 7 points to help the Lakers to an 11-7 lead and make him the first NBA player to reach 39,000 points in league history.
He subbed out with a 15-9 lead and the Lakers continued the 8-0 run to move ahead 20-9.
Los Angeles shot 57% from the field and its bench took advantage of the blowout to score 64 points, led by Austin Reaves with 19 and Christian Wood with 16.
Omer Yurtseven scored 18 points off the bench and John Collins led the starters with 15 points for Utah, which fell to 2-2 in group play.
Reaves, who had subbed in for James, hit a three-pointer in transition to make it 29-12 and then capped the opening quarter with a high bank shot to make it 32-17 entering the second.
The Jazz started 3-for-17 from three-point distance and Markkanen was 0-for-5 when he sank a triple to start a 5-0 run that briefly pulled the Jazz back within single digits at 38-29 with 8:10 left in the half.
James checked back in and Los Angeles scored 6 straight points to go up by 20 points with 1:40 left in the half. The Lakers took a 62-41 lead into the break.
Hachimura sank treys on back-to-back trips down the floor to extend the lead to 92-63 with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
The Lakers eventually took a 102-75 lead into the fourth, and Utah couldn’t get closer than 23.
James checked out of the game with 4:45 left in the third quarter and Davis with 1:45 remaining in the third and neither returned, allowing them additional rest heading into their second game in two nights on Wednesday against the visiting Dallas Mavericks. – Rappler.com