Utah Jazz Comeback Against Lakers, Damian Jones Free Throws Force Overtime
Apr 4, 2023, 9:29 PM | Updated: 9:39 pm
SALT LAKE CITY – Former Los Angeles Laker Damian Jones stepped to the free throw line and calmly knocked down two free throws, forcing overtime against the L.A. Lakers.
The Jazz (36-42, 12th in West) are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (40-38, 7th in West) at Vivint Arena on Tuesday, April 4.
LeBron James misses a layup, and the Lakers can't get the putback and we're headed to overtime.
The Jazz erased a 10 point Lakers lead over the last 1:43 of regulation.
Wild finish in Utah. #takenote pic.twitter.com/YDLaxlvPLY
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) April 5, 2023
The Jazz closed the fourth quarter on a 10-0 to force overtime.
The Lakers and Jazz head to overtime tied at 124.
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Vanderbilt, Beasley Return With Lakers
Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt will make their first return to Utah since being traded to the Lakers on February 8.
Beasley and Vanderbilt were acquired by the Jazz last offseason in the Rudy Gobert blockbuster but were rerouted to the Lakers in a multi-team trade that included the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Lakers’ injury report tomorrow in Utah:
— AD and DLo are probable.
— LeBron is questionable. pic.twitter.com/GKxI5fepqn
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) April 3, 2023
Vanderbilt is a full-time starter for the Lakers averaging 7.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while Beasley is averaging 11.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 appearances.
The Lakers are 15-7 with Vanderbilt and Beasley in uniform.
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Collin Sexton Returns To Lineup
Sexton makes his return to the Jazz lineup for the first time since the February All-Star break.
The guard originally suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the team’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 15 and hasn’t been in uniform since.
UPDATED Jazz Injury Report (as of 4/4):
*AVAILABLE – Collin Sexton (left hamstring strain)
*OUT – Lauri Markkanen (left hand contusion)
OUT – Jordan Clarkson (left hand – fourth finger sprain)
OUT – Rudy Gay (low back soreness)
OUT – Walker Kessler (concussion protocol)
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) April 4, 2023
Sexton was averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 rebounds while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the floor and 41 percent from the three-point line in 47 appearances prior to the injury.
But while Sexton adds depth to the Jazz’s backcourt, the frontcourt will be depleted against the Lakers.
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Utah Jazz Vs. Los Angeles Lakers Broadcast
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