Los Angeles got off to a strong start, shooting 12-of-18 in the first quarter, but as soon as their offense fell back to reality, it was all Utah.
Ricky Rubio continued his annual tradition of cooking the Lakers, scoring 25 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. He shot an unprecedented 57.1 percent from behind the arc, because of course he did.
Donovan Mitchell was also a problem for the Lakers, putting up 26 points on an equally impressive 50 percent shooting from the three-point line.
Utah’s starting backcourt contributed 57 points on Tuesday, more than all of the Lakers’ guards combined. Hurry back, Lonzo.
Kyle Kuzma looked good in his return to Utah, where he spent three years with the University of Utah. Kuzma ended the night with 26 points, two points short of the team-high, held by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who had 28 points.
Julius Randle nearly recorded his second triple-double of the season with 12 points, 9 assists and 12 rebounds. With a number of the Lakers’ primary playmakers sidelines, Randle stepped up in a big way.
The Lakers will be back at it Wednesday in San Antonio. While it’s doubtful Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball will be healthy, the Lakers should be in decent shape if they compete the way they did against Utah.