The Los Angeles Lakers put up a fight but couldn't come up with enough stops down the stretch to hold off the Utah Jazz in a 94-85 loss. Gordon Hayward carried the Jazz, scoring a game-high 31 points including a big three late in the fourth quarter.
Nick Young had a big game off the bench but spent most of his night at the free-throw line. Young drew fouls left and right, including a few from beyond the arc, and ended the night a perfect 13-of-13 from the charity stripe. He finished the night with a team-high 23 points.
The Lakers attempted just seven three-point attempts and struggled on offense, turning the ball over 19 times while accruing just seven assists as a team. Jordan Clarkson got some extra burn, clocking 17 minutes, but making just one of his six field goal attempts. Jordan Hill, meanwhile, continued his strong play lately. Hill logged in another 16 points along with 10 rebounds.
Overall, a sloppy and uninspired offensive performance on the second half of a back-to-back, without Kobe Bryant, doomed the Lakers. On the other hand, this is a big game for the Lakers "tank," as the Jazz are one of the bottom-tier teams that can push the Lakers out of the top-five of the draft. Enjoy the weekend, no Lakers basketball until Monday in Phoenix.