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Jazz snap three-game skid, beat Kobe-less Lakers 94-85

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting and added seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Derrick Favors chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Trey Burke added 20 points for the Jazz (14-26), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Utah has won seven of its last 10 games with Los Angeles, dating to the 2011-12 season.

Nick Young scored 23 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost four straight. Jordan Hill added 16 points for Los Angeles (12-29) which played without Kobe Bryant.

Bryant did not travel to Utah following the Lakers’ 109-102 home loss to Cleveland on Thursday. Bryant had a career-high 17 assists in that game to go with 19 points and six rebounds.

Burke capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer to put the Jazz ahead 21-13.

The Lakers regained the lead briefly in the second quarter when Young converted a three-point play to put Los Angeles ahead 34-32. Hayward and Favors each made layups as part of a 7-0 spurt that gave Utah the lead again.

Hill drained back-to-back jumpers in the final minute before halftime to give the Lakers a 41-39 lead. But Rudy Gobert converted a three-point play to put the Jazz up 44-43 going into the locker room.

The Jazz fell behind again early in the third quarter, trailing 57-53 following a pair of jumpers from Wayne Ellington. Hayward, Rodney Hood and Trevor Booker hit 3-pointers in succession on three consecutive possessions to fuel a 15-2 run. Once Hayward capped the run with a dunk, the Jazz led 68-59 with 1:36 left in the third quarter.

Los Angeles made one more run in the fourth quarter. The Lakers cut Utah’s lead to a basket when Young hit a jumper and made three free throws to make it 83-81 with 4:56 left.

The Jazz halted the comeback when Hayward capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer and a runner to give his team a 94-83 lead going into the final minute.



Lakers: Young went 13 of 13 from the free throw line. He attempted three more free throws than the Jazz did as a team.

Jazz: Utah missed all eight 3-pointers it attempted in the second quarter. The Jazz combined to go 12 of 23 from the perimeter in the other three quarters. . The Jazz attempted 23 more 3-pointers than the Lakers, but still outscored Los Angeles 42-36 in the paint. . Favors notched his team-best 14th double-double of the season.


Lakers: Visit Phoenix on Monday.

Jazz: Visit San Antonio on Sunday.

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