Jazz beat Lakers again, 139-116 with LeBron sitting

Jazz beat Lakers again, 139-116 with LeBron sitting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points, Jordan Clarkson added 22 and the Utah Jazz beat Los Angeles 139-116 on Monday night, their second win over the shorthanded Lakers in four days.

Utah set season highs in points, goals and field goal percentage. The Jazz made 53 field goals while shooting 56.4 percent from the field. They made 16 3-pointers en route to scoring at least 130 points for the third time in 12 games.

Seven Jazz players scored in double figures.

“We literally have like 12 guys that can go out there and cause a problem with mismatches or with their ability on the court,” point guard Mike Conley said.

LeBron James was sidelined along with Lonnie Walker IV and Patrick Beverley, leaving Los Angeles with just 11 available players.

Anthony Davis scored a season-high 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 22 points off the bench as Los Angeles fell to 2-8.

“I don’t want to be 2-8 at all,” Davis said. ”We took children out. you have to look at the big picture as it’s only been 10 games, but 2-8 is a tough pill to swallow.”

Clarkson hit four 3-pointers — the last at the buzzer — to help Utah take a 42-34 lead into the second quarter. In the first quarter he scored a total of 15 points.

The Lakers trailed throughout the second quarter, but made four straight baskets, highlighted by a pair of Davis dunks, to cut the deficit to one at 67-66. Utah countered with three-point plays by Collin Sexton and Markkanen to keep Los Angeles from going ahead before halftime.

When the shots didn’t fall as easily in the second half, the Lakers couldn’t keep up as they struggled to get stops with any meaningful consistency.

“We want to change that tone, change that culture to be one of those natural teams where the opposing team feels us,” Los Angeles coach Darwin Hamm said.

The Jazz opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run to push their lead to double digits. Utah made four straight baskets, with a 3-pointer by Conley putting the Jazz ahead 86-73.

Davis closed the gap to 92-85 with a three-point play. It’s as close as the Lakers could get. The Jazz used a 16-5 run sparked by back-to-back baskets by Markkanen to push their lead to 108-90 late in the third quarter.

“They play with a lot of passion and joy out there,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. ”The ball is flying and they are happy for each other. Everyone can touch it and no one feels left out of the game.”

NO QUICK FIXES

The Lakers are a half-game ahead of Houston in last place in the Western Conference after 10 games. The Lakers averaged 134.5 points in the two losses to the Jazz, who shot better than 50 percent in both games.

“We’ve lost all our defensive intensity and that’s what’s killing us,” Davis said.

It’s a problem for a club with a huge payroll and limited options for roster overhaul. Ham said the onus is on his team to use its existing talent and skills to rebuild a winning culture.

“We have to step up and play better,” Hamm said. ”We can’t go out and get people, we are already repeat tax delinquents. We can’t spend money to build a team. We already have three big, first-ballot future Hall of Famers that a chunk of our budget is spent on and there’s only so much left.”

TIPS

Lakers: Kendrick Nunn scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. . Wenyen Gabriel matched his career high with three steals.

Jazz: Conley dished out a season-high 12 assists. . Markkanen didn’t make his first basket of the game until midway through the second quarter. . Utah is averaging 41 first quarter points against the Lakers this season.

NEXT

The Lakers visit the Clippers on Wednesday.

The Jazz visit the Hawks on Wednesday.

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