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Jazz avenge loss with 111-97 win over Lakers in rematch

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, Joe Ingles added 21 with five 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-97 Monday night, splitting their series with the defending NBA champs.

On Saturday night, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points as NBA-leading Utah avenged the Lakers‘ 127-115 overtime victory. The Jazz rested Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley Jr., and Derrick Favors in the first game on the second night of a back-to-back set, but all three returned for the rematch at Staples Center. Leading scorer Donovan Mitchell is still out for Utah, while LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still out for Los Angeles.

Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 24 points for the Lakers, who dropped to 7-9 without both of their superstars and 14-16 since Davis went down on Valentine’s Day.

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the first three quarters for Los Angeles, and Dennis Schröder had 15 points and six assists. The Lakers have alternated wins and losses for 12 consecutive games since March 28.

Clarkson hit nine of his 14 shots, and Ingles went 8 for 11 against the NBA’s top defensive team for Utah, which never trailed in its fifth victory in seven games. The Jazz doubled their halftime lead to 20 points in the third quarter with 13 from Ingles, who hit three 3-pointers in that stretch.

The Lakers‘ 42 points in the first half were their second-fewest of the season. They never led in their last three home games for the second time, following a wire-to-wire loss to Boston last week.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Ersan Ilyasova sat out with hamstring tightness.

Lakers: Davis is likely just a few days away from his return, coach Frank Vogel said. The All-NBA big man has missed 30 games with a strained calf. Davis is currently building up his conditioning. … James is doing “light work” on the court, Vogel said, but his return is not imminent. James has missed 16 straight games since spraining his ankle on March 20. … Marc Gasol was available, but he played his second straight game after breaking a ligament in his left pinky finger last Thursday.

UP NEXT

Jazz: At Rockets on Wednesday.

Lakers: At Mavericks on Thursday.

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