Tip-Off: 6:00PM PST
Monday, April 14, 2014
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Young Scores 43 to Lead Lakers Past Jazz, 119 - 104
By Eli Kaberon on April 14, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Nick Young scored a season-high 43 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers snap a seven-game losing streak with a 119-104 victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Jodie Meeks had 23 points and Jordan Hill added 21 for Lakers, who had only eight healthy players.
Alec Burks scored 22 points and Gordon Hayward had 21 points for Utah. Enes Kanter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Trey Burke chipped in 17 for the Jazz, who have lost 10 of 11 games.
The game was tied at 86 after the third quarter, and then the Lakers found their range. Los Angeles outscored the Jazz 33-18 and the Utah players heard a mix of cheers and boos as the clock expired in their last home game of the season.
Los Angeles converted Utah's 18 largely unforced turnovers into 29 points and outrebounded the Jazz 21-12 in the second half.
With nothing on the line, Young still played at full-throttle.
He fought through ball denials to get off shots all over the court - jumpers and acrobatic drives to the baskets. He yelled at the crowd and bobbed his head, flashing a variety of hand signals after swishing 3s.
Three late misses stopped him short of his career-high of 43 points.
In recent days, the teams were locked in a battle for lottery seeding and a better chance at one of the top four picks in the 2014 draft. The Jazz seem to have solidified the fourth slot and may match their club-worst 24-58 record in 1979-80, the first season after the franchise moved from New Orleans to Utah.
The Lakers have no reason to tank for a better lottery seed as most will be elsewhere next season. A dozen of the 15 players on the roster could be free agents, including Young if he opts out of his $1.2 million deal for next season.
The Jazz started the presumed core of their future -- Hayward, Derrick Favors, Kanter, Burks and Burke -- for the third time this season but all three games have ended in late-game collapses and losses.
The Lakers have already set a record for most losses in a season, the worst since the NBA went to an 82-game slate. They will miss the playoffs for the just the second time in two decades but this win stopped them short of their first eight-game skid since March 2005. Los Angeles coach Mike D'Antoni and Utah coach Tyrone Corbin are both rumored to be on their way out and the game resembled a pre-season contest with porous defenses, lots of broken plays and sloppy turnovers.
The lack of defensive intensity did lead to excellent accuracy as the Lakers hit 55 percent of their field goals and the Jazz shot 52 percent from the floor.
The Jazz led by as many as 13 points before the Lakers closed the half on a 19-2 run, powered by Meeks' nine points.
NOTES: A significant portion of crowd was dressed in gold and out-cheered the home crowd as the Lakers rallied to take the lead at the end of the first half and opened a big advantage in the fourth quarter. . Not one of the Lakers that started this game was in the lineup of the opening game of the season. . Burke, Burks, Kanter, Favors, Jeremy Evans, and Rudy Gobert are the only players with guaranteed contracts with the Jazz for next season. . Kendall Marshall had 2 points and 15 assists for the Lakers.
2013-14 Season Series: Los Angeles trails the season-series against Utah 1-2.
All-Time Series Notes: In 2012-13, the Lakers lost the season series to Utah 1-2 after splitting the previous two season series with Utah 2-2 … Prior to 2010-11, the Lakers owned a four-year season series win streak against the Jazz: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1) ... The Jazz and Lakers have met 164 times in the regular season (102-66) and 145 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (89-56) ... The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games against the Jazz ... The Lakers are 22-7 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season ... From January 1, 2006 through April 5, 2011, the Lakers owned a 17-game home win streak against the Jazz (including playoff games) ... In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena ... In recent series history, on 12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers held the Jazz to the 3rd fewest fourth quarter points (six) in the NBA’s shot clock era ... In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132 points in a 132-102 victory 11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark of 131 points achieved at Utah 12/4/86 ... In that game, Kobe Bryant established a new series-high with 52 points against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points (3/22/05) while also bettering Adrian Dantley’s Jazz mark of 50 established in November of 1979 ... Bryant’s 30-point 3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the 4th-highest scoring quarter in NBA history ... In the postseason, the Lakers and Jazz have met six times (1988, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010) with the Lakers advancing on four occasions: 1988 Conf. Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Conf. Semifinals (4-2), 2009 First Round (4-1) and 2010 Conf. Semifinals (4-0).
Connections: Lakers F/C Pau Gasol was coached by Jazz Assistant Coach Sidney Lowe, who served as head coach in Memphis, during his rookie season in 2001-02 and a portion of his sophomore season (8 games) in 2002-03… Jazz F Derrick Favors was teammates with Lakers G Jordan Farmar on the New Jersey Nets for part of the 2010-11 season before being traded in February… Utah G John Lucas III was coached by Lakers assistant coach Johnny Davis when Davis was in the same role with the Toronto Raptors during the 2012-13 season… Utah F Richard Jefferson was born in Los Angeles… Lakers F/C Jordan Hill and Jefferson both attended the University of Arizona … Lakers G Kendall Marshall and Jazz F Marvin Williams both attended the University of North Carolina… Lakers G Xavier Henry and Jazz G Brandon Rush both went to Kansas University… Jazz F Malcolm Thomas spent parts of the 2011-12, ’12-’13 and ’13-’14 season with the Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
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|Kendall Marshall||g||Trey Burke|
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Injury Report - LAKERS
- Kobe Bryant:
(fractured left knee) is out
- Pau Gasol:
(vertigo) is out
- Chris Kaman:
(calf) is out
- Xavier Henry:
(wrist,knee) is out
- Kent Bazemore:
(foot) is out
- Steve Nash:
(nerve) is out
Injury Report - JAZZ
- Marvin Williams:
(knee) is questionable