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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Jazz – Game 56 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (30-26)  |  Utah Jazz (26-29)


Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Jazz in Utah. The Lakers were led by Rui Hachimura’s career-high 36 points in a 138-122 win over the Jazz and head into the NBA All-Star break riding a 4-game winning streak.


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The Los Angeles Lakers took care of business at home against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday but didn’t have much time to celebrate as they boarded a plane to take on the Utah Jazz in their final game before the NBA All-Star break.

Even without LeBron James, the Lakers were able to sweep the back-to-back set with a dominant 138-122 victory over the Jazz.

Anthony Davis had a monster game, ending the night with another double-double with 39 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Hachimura had his best regular season game as a Laker, scoring 36 points on 13-19 shooting, and Austin Reaves had 20 points and six assists in the win.

This was the first time a duo scored 35 or more points for the Lakers since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal did it back in 2003. What an incredible feat for Hachimura and Davis.

The Lakers have now won three in a row, and head to the NBA All-Star break with a 30-26 record.


Lakers vs Jazz First Quarter:


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With James out, the Lakers started the game with a lineup of Davis, Russell, Taurean Prince, Austin Reaves, and Hachimura.

D’Angelo Russell got Los Angeles going early with a couple of layups, and back-to-back 3-pointers from Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura had the team up 14-11. Hachimura built off the strong game he had the night before as he was able to score easily in the halfcourt.

Los Angeles did well to force misses and corral the defensive boards, allowing them to take their first double-digit lead of the night off a 12-3 run. The Jazz narrowed the gap at the end of the quarter, but the Lakers still went into the second leading 34-28.


Lakers vs Jazz 2nd Quarter:


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Spencer Dinwiddie and Russell led the second unit offensively to begin the second, facilitating and scoring to push Los Angeles’ lead back up to 11. Hachimura also continued to shine offensively, bullying his way to buckets to keep Utah at bay.

However, despite Hachimura’s scoring outburst, the Jazz quickly worked their way back into the game thanks to Jordan Clarkson, who caught fire from the field. Anthony Davis was able to stop the bleeding with some timely baskets, but L.A.’s lead was down to 70-69 going into the halftime locker room.

Hachimura set a new career-high for points in the first half with 21.


Lakers vs Jazz 3rd Quarter:


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Collin Sexton reeled off five quick points at the top of the third as the Laker defense was slow out of the gate. Hachimura continued to torch the nets, but the Jazz kept it close throughout.

Davis was being defended well by the Jazz throughout the matchup, but he found his rhythm midway through the quarter, scoring ten straight to keep the Lakers in front. After a nice up and under by the newest Laker, Spencer Dinwiddie, the Lakers led by two.

Davis was able to settle Los Angeles back down by scoring ten consecutive points, though it still wasn’t enough to pull away from Utah. Davis remained aggressive on the offensive end and put the Lakers up 108-92 going into the fourth.


Lakers vs Jazz 4th Quarter:


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Christian Wood sprained his ankle after a 3-point shot attempt, though he was able to remain in the game after walking it off. Utah cut into the lead a bit, but Davis returned and picked up where he left off scoring.

Hachimura set a career-high in points at 36 after knocking down his fifth triple of the night, increasing the Laker lead to 17. Utah’s defense had no answers for Los Angeles’ offense, and the latter would pick up a great win before the break. Davis had a big night himself, leading all scorers with 37 points.

Davis and the starters headed to the bench with 2:27 left, and the Lakers ran out the clock.


The Los Angeles Lakers will have a week off before taking on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7:00 pm PST in San Francisco. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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