Jazz Beat Lakers With Big Third Quarter
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz used a big third quarter combined with great performances from their bigs to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-100.
The Jazz outscored the Lakers 27-18 in the third quarter to create the big separation.
Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Derrick Favors poured in 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Joe Ingles contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists.
Donovan Mitchell struggled as he finished with 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field.
Former Ute Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead the Lakers. JaVale McGee had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Favors, Gobert Lead Jazz In First Half
The Jazz picked up a pair of three-pointers from Ingles and Mitchell to start the game before Kuzma banked in two deep triples.
Utah had a seven point lead at the end of the first quarter, led by Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert with 8 points apiece.
Kuzma dropped 12 points in the opening period.
The Lakers stayed close to the Jazz in the second quarter, but could never get closer than five points. Late in the period, Utah jumped out to a 10-point lead.
Utah ended the first half with a 60-53 lead.
Favors finished the half with 13 points, Gobert had 10 points. Ingles recorded 8 points and 9 assists.
Kuzma posted 16 points, while Moe Wagner and Alex Caruso chipped in 8 points each.
Jazz Use Big Third To Top Lakers
The third quarter was kind to the Jazz as they created a big separation from the Lakers. They outscored LA 27-18 to take an 87-71 lead.
Utah kept pouring it on in the fourth quarter.
Joe Ingles reached a new career-high 12 assists before dishing out his 14th dime midway through the fourth quarter.
Rudy Gobert made a rare jump shot midway through the fourth quarter that basically sealed the win for the Jazz.
Utah improved to 45-30 on the season and have won three in a row and 8 of their last 9 games. They will face the Washington Wizards at home on Friday at 7 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet.
The Jazz beat the Wizards on the road on March 18, with a 116-95 victory.
Washington is 31-45 on the season.
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