The Los Angeles Lakers got back to .500 after a convincing win against the Utah Jazz, 101-95.
Los Angeles came into this game looking to bounce back after getting drubbed by the Denver Nuggets by 37 points, but playing against the Jazz (now 29-15) presented a difficult opponent to defeat.
However, the Lakers held their own in the first half and even posted an 11-point lead during the second quarter. But that lead didn’t last long, as Utah answered with a 32-20 difference in the third quarter.
The Jazz took a 10-point lead, but the Lakers showed their resilience. Stanley Johnson was the catalyst in the final quarter, where he scored 10 of his 15 points.
Los Angeles came back to win and are now 22-22 on the season. Here is how the squad graded:
Russell Westbrook: C
Russell Westbrook played 28 minutes in this game, and he was not seen for long stretches during the second half. He came in with four minutes remaining to close things out and made a key and-1 layup in transition, even though the optics of the situation (40 seconds left in the game) meant he should’ve killed the clock more. His biggest play was posterizing Rudy Gobert, but his shooting could’ve been sharper.
Westbrook finished with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists.
Avery Bradley: D-plus
Avery Bradley didn’t impact the game significantly in this one. His key play was hitting a corner triple off a pass from Johnson that built the lead late in the fourth quarter. His shooting has been rough the last few games, but that was a big bucket at the perfect time.
LeBron James: A-minus
LeBron James finished with 25 points (9-of-20 FG, 3-of-8 3P), seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes. He forced some contested shots, but his biggest knock was his free throws. James converted just 4-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe, which played an important factor in the Lakers shooting 14-of-23 (60.9) overall. Fortunately, his miscues there didn’t cost L.A. the game. Utah made 21-of-24, good for 87.5%.
Trevor Ariza: D-minus
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