Lakers 97-111 Jazz: Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson crushed the Los Angeles Lakers (97-111) on Monday in a solid victory for the Utah Jazz, which made it clear why they are the best NBA team so far.
Excellent ball circulation, generosity in defensive effort, good balance between perimeter and inside scoring, and the constant feeling of being a hard-working team.
All that the Jazz exhibited tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (USA) to avenge their defeat on Saturday on the same court against the Lakers in one of those strange double duels that the NBA calendar has provided during the pandemic.
German point guard Dennis Schroder scored the game-tying basket in the final seconds and finished with 25 points as he filled in for James and Davis who both missed the game because of injuries.
Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also played big in the victory, scoring 27 and 25, respectively.
Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 27 points while Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova contributed to the losing effort with a season-high 20 points, including five consecutive three-pointers.
Laker nation was not the only one suffering injuries. The Jazz were without starters, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert.
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After the restart, all the Jazz weapons wore their best clothes.
Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer, Gobert continued to impose his law in the paint with a fantastic alley-oop, and Ingles connected a three-point shot with a fabulous penetration to shoot the Jazz (56-76 in the middle of the third quarter).
With no answers or energy to articulate the comeback, the Lakers silently watched English take over the game in a magnificent way with 13 points in the third quarter (65-85 before the last quarter).
A precious blockade and continuation of Conley and Gobert further boosted the Jazz (67-92 after two minutes) that, despite a meritorious final effort from the locals, closed the victory early and let the substitutes seal the victory smoothly.
The Lakers will meet Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, while the Jazz will face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.