Lauri Markkanen continued his strong play this season, scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 130-116 victory over the host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, November 4 (Friday, November 5, Manila time).
Former Laker Jordan Clarkson contributed 20 points with 7 boards, Kelly Olynyk added 18 points, Collin Sexton scored 17, and Mike Conley totaled 15 points and 10 assists as Utah snapped a three-game road losing streak.
Russell Westbrook led the Lakers with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting off the bench. Anthony Davis scored 22 points, but only 2 after halftime, and grabbed 8 rebounds, and LeBron James tallied 17 points with 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Lonnie Walker IV added 19 points.
The Jazz – who rose to a 7-3 record – shot the lights out, hitting 50.5% overall and drilling 17 three-pointers, including three treys apiece by Markkanen, Olynyk, and Sexton.
Los Angeles, trying to mount a three-game winning streak after losing its first five games, erased most of Utah’s 16-point, third-quarter lead, pulling within 97-95 after a pair of Tony Brown Jr. free throws late in the third.
But the Jazz took a 100-95 lead into the fourth quarter after a three-point play by Nickeil Alexander-Walker and then controlled most of the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles was never able to get closer than 5 the rest of the way.
Utah, which has won seven of 10 this season, got off to a blistering start, shooting 65.4% while taking a 40-34 lead after the first quarter.
The Lakers made a push early in the second with a 10-0 run capped by a Matt Ryan three-pointer to snag a 46-44 lead.
But the Jazz quickly found their groove, beginning with back-to-back threes from Sexton during a 10-2 surge.
Utah finished the first half up 75-62 – the second time Utah has scored 75 in an opening half this year – thanks to a 60.8% shooting overall and 9-of-17 accuracy from three-point range.
Olynyk matched the Jazz’s biggest lead of 16, 85-69, with a layup with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter. The Lakers scored 7 straight and continued to chip away, led by Westbrook, to pull within two late in the third.
Los Angeles hosts Cleveland on Sunday afternoon before heading to Utah for a Monday rematch. The Jazz remain in LA to face the Clippers on Sunday night. – Rappler.com