Jazz blow out Lakers for split of two-game set

Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz celebrates his three pointer with Jordan Clarkson #00 in entrance of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the course of the third quarter at Staples Heart on April 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  Harry How/Getty Pictures/AFP

With frontline gamers Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Mike Conley Jr. again within the lineup, the Utah Jazz made fast work of the host Los Angeles Lakers within the second straight matchup between the groups, prevailing 111-97 on Monday.

The Lakers gained the opener of the two-game set 127-115 in time beyond regulation on Saturday. With the Jazz having earned a house win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Utah coach Quin Snyder selected to relaxation three of his regulars for the primary matchup towards the Lakers. Excessive-scoring Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell missed each video games, although.

The Jazz by no means trailed Monday, seizing management early and main by as many as 25 factors within the second half, displaying why they’re the leaders of the Western Convention.

With the return of Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr, the Jazz managed issues inside, ending with a 52-36 benefit on factors within the paint and a 42-32 rebounding edge.

Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 22 factors off the bench. Joe Ingles completed with 21 factors. Bojan Bogdanovic totaled 19 factors, and Gobert completed with 14 factors and 10 rebounds.

Conley posted 14 factors and 10 assists whereas teammate Royce O’Neale added 13 factors and 9 rebounds. All 5 starters completed in double figures for Utah.

Talen Horton-Tucker topped the Lakers with a career-high 24 factors. Kyle Kuzma totaled 17 factors, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder added 15 factors apiece.

Los Angeles did obtain some excellent news on the harm entrance relating to sidelined stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Coach Frank Vogel mentioned James has progressed to the purpose the place he’s doing mild work on the court docket after being out since March 20 with an sprain harm.

Vogel mentioned Davis (calf) is getting nearer to returning however must work on his conditioning. Davis has been cleared for full-contact practices and will return by the top of this month if issues proceed to go nicely throughout his ramp-up.

After the loss, Los Angeles heads out for a four-game street journey beginning towards the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The Jazz head to Houston to tackle the Rockets on Wednesday.

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