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Lakers Replace Jazz Game By Celebrating Great Moments Between Teams On Twitter

Mar 18, 2020, 5:32 PM
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25:  Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz argues a call in front of LeB...
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz argues a call in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz should be wrapping up a two-game home and home matchup tonight in Los Angeles. Instead, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that had halted most major sports across the country, players from both teams are home awaiting the NBA’s return to action.

As teams across the league look for ways to keep fans entertained during the hiatus, the Lakers social media team dedicated a lengthy Twitter thread to highlights between the Lakers and Jazz over the two team’s recent history.

The Lakers account began the thread using the hasthtag #BestOfLakersJazz to make it easier for Twitter users to follow along.

The first tweet featured highlights from the Lakers newest superstar Anthony Davis dunking on the Jazz, blocking Bojan Bogdanovic’s three-point attempt, and even accidentally scoring on a failed alley-oop pass to Dwight Howard.

The Lakers next set of tweets revolved around the late Kobe Bryant and his lengthy history against the Jazz. In 60 career games against the Jazz, the Lakers legend averaged 25.8 points, 4.5 points, and 4.3 assists.  Bryant’s highlights include several incredible passes, including one to himself off the backboard against the Andrei Kirilenko led Jazz.

The account’s next set of tweets recognizes some of the all-time great players who faced off against one another when the two teams went head to head. One photo shows hall of fame Jazz guard John Stockton talking to Bryant, while another features Lakers legend James Worthy matched up with Karl Malone.

The second highlight features LeBron James being defended by Jazz guard Joe Ingles. James bulldozes through the defense for an easy lay-in.

The next set of tweets features two legendary big men hitting improbable baseline shots against the Jazz. First, Shaquille O’Neale hits a spinning game-winner over Greg Ostertag and Bryon Russell in the early 2000’s. In the second clip Howard hits a rare three-point shot the Jazz when left wide open earlier this season.

Finally, the Lakers recognize the night Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer against the Jazz. Abdul-Jabbar hits a patented skyhook shot over a young Mark Eaton to score his 31,422nd career point. Abdul-Jabbar is met by his parents and fellow Lakers legend Magic Johnson at half-court as the game was stopped to recognize the achievement.

While the Lakers celebrated their highlights against the Jazz, it seems they missed out on some great games that ended in the Jazz favor.

First, who could forget the 1997 playoffs that ended with the Jazz eliminating the Lakers in five games during the Western Conference Semifinals?

Or this classic where Derrick Favors showed the Lakers that Shaq wasn’t the only big man who can make clutch shots.

With the game tied at 103, Favors follows up a Gordon Hayward miss to flush the eventual game-winner on a putback dunk.

Let’s not leave out this classic from last season when Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell embarrassed Lakers big man JaVale McGee with a monster poster. The Jazz would go on to win the game 113-95, Mitchell would finish the game with 33 points.

While the Lakers are passing the time during the NBA’s absence on twitter, the Jazz are taking to AT&T SportsNet to provide their fans with basketball action. Starting Wednesday night, the Jazz will be reairing recent classic featuring Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert.

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