Lakers rise up in Utah to beat Jazz, 100-97

Lakers rise up in Utah to beat Jazz, 100-97
Wesley Johnson drives to the hoop against Utah center Rudy Gobert during the first quarter of a game Wednesday. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Lakers 100 - Utah Jazz 97 (end of regulation)

The Lakers won their second-straight game, beating the Jazz in Utah on Wednesday night overcoming a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit.


Elijah Millsap's driving layup with 11:15 left in the game put the Jazz up 82-69.  Over a seven-minute span, the Lakers pulled ahead on a Jordan Clarkson layup 90-88, a 21-6 run.

Clarkson finished with a career-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, along with three assists in 34 minutes. Wayne Ellington notched his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Ed Davis was big off the bench while the Lakers made their run, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds.  Jordan Hill (16 points) and Carlos Boozer (14 points) also hit double figures as the Lakers shot 44.9% from the field but just 18.2% from three-point range (2-11).

The Lakers hit 18 of 21 free throws (85.7%), including a pair from Robert Sacre with 1.2 seconds left in the game.

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points but turned the ball over six times.  Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, along with three blocked shots.

The Jazz shot 46.6% from the field (34-73) and 58.3% from three-point range (7-12), but the team missed 12 free throws (22-34, 64.7%) and turned the ball over 21 times.  The Lakers had just 10 turnovers.

Derrick Favors added 18 points, Millsap 17 and Rodney Hood had 11.

With the win, the Lakers climb to 15-41.  They'll return home Friday to host the Milwaukee Bucks (32-25). The Jazz (21-35) visit the Denver Nuggets (20-37), also on Friday.

Utah Jazz 78 - Lakers 69 (end of third quarter)

Despite falling behind by as many as 11 points, the Lakers were able to catch the Jazz at 59 with 4:41 left in the third.

Utah closed out the period well, pulling ahead in the final two minutes on a seven-point run, until Jordan Hill hit a baseline jumper with five seconds left.

Rodney Hood's three-pointer ended the period, putting the Jazz back up by nine.

Jordan Clarkson led all scorers with 18 points.  Gordon Hayward paced the Jazz with 16.

The Lakers shot 42.4% from the field with eight turnovers; the Jazz hit 54.9% with 16 miscues.


Utah Jazz 51 - Lakers 45 (halftime)

The Lakers rallied in the second period, staying close to the Jazz by forcing nine turnovers.

Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points with three assists, but the Lakers shot just 39.1% from the field.

The Jazz were led by Gordon Hayward with 16 points.  Utah shot well from the field (54.1%) but only forced the Lakers into two turnovers.

Rodney Hood scored eight off the bench for the Jazz, hitting all three of his shots in just 8 1/2 minutes.

Utah Jazz 29 - Lakers 21 (end of first quarter)

The Jazz held the Lakers to just 35.0% shooting and 21 points in the first quarter at Utah.

Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 10 points, as the Jazz hit 57.1% from the field.

Jordan Clarkson scored six for the Lakers.  Wesley Johnson added five off the bench.

Rudy Gobert was both an offensive and defensive presence for the Jazz, scoring nine points with three rebounds and a block.


The Lakers (14-41) visit the Utah Jazz (21-34) on Wednesday night.

The Jazz are coming off a win over the San Antonio Spurs while the Lakers ended a seven-game losing streak on Sunday over the Boston Celtics.

Nick Young won't play (knee) and the Lakers will be without Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back), who are all done for the season.

Alec Burks (shoulder) is also out for the year.

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