The Los Angeles Lakers leaned on a dominant showing from Anthony Davis as they hacked out a 116-108 victory over Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz.
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After only attempting seven shots from the field in their loss to the Toronto Raptors, Davis made sure that he will bounce back in a big way. The seven-time All-Star exploded for a game-high 42 markers, on top of his 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He also made four triples, and converted on 12 of his 15 trips to the free throw line.
Carrying a precarious two-point lead after the first half, the Lakers activated a stringy defensive performance in the third quarter to pull away from the Jazz. They forced Utah to commit 21 turnovers, and the Lakers capitalized by converting these miscues to 26 points.
LeBron James notched a near triple-dub with his 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Role players like Dwight Howard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also key to the win as they chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz as he finished with a team-high 33 points, while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists to his name. Veteran point guard Mike Conley produced 24 points and 8 dimes, and Gobert contributed a double-double night of 16 points and 13 boards.
Lakers (116) – Davis 42, James 22, Howard 11, Caldwell-Pope 10, Kuzma 9, Green 8, Waiters 7, Smith 4, Caruso 3, McGee 0, Dudley 0, Cook 0
Jazz (108) – Mitchell 33, Conley 24, Gobert 16, Mudiay 7, Clarkson 6, Bradley 5, Ingles 5, O’Neale 5, Niang 4, Morgan 3