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Anthony Davis, Lakers look to avenge loss at Utah


Recap: In the final game before the All-Star break, the Lakers defeat Jazz, while Rui Hachimura records a career-high.

Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons at home. However, they had little time to be happy since they had to board a plane to play the Utah Jazz in their last game before the All-Star break. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 138-122 to win the back-to-back set despite the absence of LeBron James. After a pair of shots by D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura’s consecutive 3-pointers put Los Angeles ahead 14–11. Hachimura was able to score comfortably in the halfcourt, building on his excellent performance from the previous evening.

Los Angeles used a 12-3 run to grab their first double-digit lead of the game by forcing mistakes and controlling the defensive boards. Even though the Jazz managed to close their gap at the end of the first quarter, the Lakers led 34-28 heading into the second.

To start the second half, Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie led the second unit offensively, setting up and scoring goals to increase Los Angeles’ advantage to eleven again. Additionally, Hachimura persisted with his offensive prowess, bullying his way to buckets to put Utah at bay.

However, Jordan Clarkson, who was on fire from the field, helped the Jazz swiftly get back into the game despite Hachimura’s scoring explosion. Although Anthony Davis was able to stem the flow with a few clutch baskets, Los Angeles’ lead was only 70-69 entering the locker room at halftime. Hachimura scored 21 points in the first half, a new career high.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Collin Sexton scored five points in a row, taking advantage of the Laker defense’s poor start. Even though Hachimura kept destroying the nets, the Jazz managed to stay close the entire time. Even though Davis scored ten points in a row to calm Los Angeles down, Utah was still too strong to overcome.
Going into the fourth quarter, Davis’s offensive aggression kept the Lakers up 108-92.

After attempting a three-point shot, Christian Wood sprained his ankle, although he was still able to play. After Utah had narrowed the gap, Davis came back and resumed his scoring. Hachimura made his fifth triple of the game to extend the Laker lead to 17, setting a career-high point total of 36. Los Angeles’ attack had no answers for Utah’s defense, and the latter would secure a thrilling victory before the half. With 37 points, Davis had a fantastic night overall and led all scorers.

Up next for the Lakers:-

Due to the All-Star break, the Lakers get the week off. They will play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday of next week.

Blog By:- ExpertSadar

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