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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Jazz – Game 40 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (19-21) | Utah Jazz (21-20)


It was the Lakers vs Jazz from the Delta Center on Saturday night. The Utah Jazz rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 132-123, extending their winning streak to five.


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The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Utah Jazz, 132-125, without LeBron James to drop to 19-21 on the season. They’re now the eleventh seed in the West. They’ve lost six of their last eight games and 12-of-17 since winning the IST.

D’Angelo Russell had a season-high 39 points (15 of 26 FGs, 6 of 11 3s), eight assists, and two blocks.

He made some high-level plays, hit some high-level shots,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said of Russell. “He played great.”

It was fun just hooping,” Russell said. “Try to take this aggression and apply it to the next game.”

Anthony Davis put up a triple-double, but it was still one of his worst performances of the season, totaling 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting (23.8 percent), 15 rebounds, 11 assists, four blocks, and six turnovers.

It was Davis’ first career triple-double with points, rebounds, and assists and his second career triple-double. His first triple-double came with blocks in 2018 (25 points, 11 rebounds, ten blocks).

Davis came into this game shooting 63.4 percent in January and 54.9 percent in December 2023 while having only one game shooting under 50 percent in the last 11.

Everyone did their job except me,” Davis said. “I didn’t do my job. Obviously, when Bron is out, everybody has to step up, and those guys did, except myself. So this one is on me.”

Speaking of everyone else, Austin Reaves chipped in 19 points (7-of-8 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), Rui Hachimura had 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) in 19 minutes, Christian Wood had 15 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-6 3s) and nine rebounds, and Taurean Prince put up 12 points (5-of-8 FGs, 2-of-4 3s).

When our offense is working, it’s our defense that’s not,” Russell said. “When our defense is going, it’s our offense that’s not. So I don’t know. Y’all tell me. I can’t even give you nothing.”

In the first quarter, we got to bring the energy,” Hachimura said. “Every team we play, they want to beat us. We’re the Lakers, so they want to come out with good energy so we can lose to them. We’re always trying to catch up in the second quarter, so we just got to match the energy from the first quarter.”

Meanwhile for Utah, Lauri Markkanen led the way with 29 points (8-of-16 FGs, 3-of-6 3s, 10-of-11 FTs), nine rebounds, and five assists, Collin Sexton had 27 points (8-of-13 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs) and five assists, and former Laker Jordan Clarkson finished with 21 points (6-of-18 FGs, 1-of-6 3s, 8-of-8 FTs).

We didn’t want this game to be played all in the halfcourt,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “We felt like our speed in transition was an advantage. The team did an excellent job of recognizing that and getting out and running.”


Lakers vs Jazz First Quarter:


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The Lakers started this game hot from the field, hitting 6-of-7 FGs, including a pair of 3s, with Russell and Reaves scoring seven points. Utah was 4-of-6 on the other end, with Los Angeles taking a 14-10 lead into the first time out.

Utah had been hard trapping Davis, which led to wide-open 3s for Los Angeles supporting cast. Davis was yet to score but had three assists and several secondary assists. 

At the end of the first quarter, it was an impressive early showing from the Lakers without James, as Los Angeles led 39-31. Russell had 12 points and three assists, Reaves had 12 points, and Davis had five points and six rebounds. The Lakers shot 62.5 percent overall and won the 3-point battle (5-of-10 vs. Utah’s 3-of-9).


Lakers vs Jazz Second Quarter:


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Russell was a fire that couldn’t be put out from start to finish, as he had 14 points on 6 of 9 FGs, with four assists and three boards in 12 minutes of action. He had Los Angeles up 45-35 after a reverse layup on the baseline.

Suddenly, everything changed. The Lakers led by as many as 12 earlier in the second quarter. Still, their lead was down to one at 60-59 as Utah capitalized on extra possessions from offensive rebounds (6-2) and turnovers (13 points off six Los Angeles turnovers).

Ultimately, Utah outscored the Lakers 33-28 in the second quarter; however, Los Angeles remained in the lead, 67-64.


Lakers vs Jazz Third Quarter:


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Entering the second half, Max Christie replaced Cam Reddish in the lineup, and it was later revealed that Reddish was ruled out for the rest of the game with left knee soreness. It was the same as the last game against the Phoenix Suns when he left after playing eight minutes. This time, it was 11 minutes.

The Jazz took advantage, putting up a staggering 15-3 run, pushing the Lakers down by six, before Reaves drew a 3-point foul on Sexton to make it 85-82.

Keyonte George sank a 3-pointer in transition to give the Jazz a seven-point lead (their largest), 91-84, with 4:06 left in the third quarter. Utah outscored Los Angeles 27-17 in the third (and 60-45 over the past two quarters). They’re up to 20 fast break points to the Lakers 12.

At the end of three quarters, the Jazz were ahead, 100-95.


Lakers vs Jazz Fourth Quarter:


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An unfortunate few seconds for the Lakers, as Reaves threw a lob to Davis, who missed a layup attempt that would have tied the game, and Reaves appeared to tweak his ankle upon landing. Utah, playing a man up on the ensuing possession, hit a 3 to go up 108-103.

There was a lot of frustration on the Laker bench at the free throw fire sale for Utah (30-for-33 with 5:03 left after Reaves fouled out).

Los Angeles gave up 19.9 free throw attempts a night, second in the NBA, but Utah’s guards (Clarkson, Sexton, and George) drew whistle after whistle and made 24-of-24 FTs total. The Lakers conceded 36 of 39 free throws, the highest this season.

Los Angeles loss to Utah drops them to two games under .500 for the third time this season (Nov. 8th, Jan. 5th, and now Jan. 13th).


The Los Angeles Lakers will now take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, January 15th, at 7:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.



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