NBA Today: Markkanen lead Jazz to rolled past Lakers again

Lauri Markkanen’s 23 points and the Utah Jazz rolled over the Lebron-less Lakers 139-116. Follow for more NBA draft projections here! 

Collin Sexton contributed 17 points while Jordan Clarkson fired up for 22 and Mike Conley produced a double-double effort with 14 points and 12 assists to help Utah Jazz clinched their third straight victory and the second straight game against the Lakers. The Utah Jazz also defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on the road Sunday 110-102. Currently, Utah Jazz holds the top seed in the Western Conference with 9-3 record and in a three game winning streak. The Jazz also stretched their home game record to 5-0. Visit for future NBA lottery odds articles here!

On the other side, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers saw themselves sank into a three game losing streak with currently holding the second worst record in the Western Conference with a record of 2-8. Anthony Davis netted a game-high 29 points while Russel Westbrook scored 22 points off the bench. Lebron James missed the game due to foot injury, while Patrick Beverly and Lonnie Walker IV sat out the game due to illness. 

The Jazz sank 16 three pointers to break the inside defense of the Lakers with Markkanen and Clarkson combining for nine, while seven Jazz players scored double digits off the bench. Utah Jazz shot 56 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lakers 41-33. 

After the game, Anthony Davis said in a post game interview that he “don’t want to be 2-8 at all.” He al;so added, “We got guys out… you got to look at (the) big picture as it’s only been 10 games, but 2-8 is a hard pill to swallow.”

The Lakers fans went amok on social media after a total and embarrassing romping of Utah Jazz as they called for changes and trade to shake the current roster and the direction of the team this season. 

On the good side, Russell Westbrook continued his strong play, even playing like a role player, riding off the bench, as he tallied another 22 points performance along with five assists, three rebounds, a steal and a block in just 24 minutes action created immediate impact on the team, keeping the Lakers up on the match against the balanced and steady line up of Utah Jazz.

Coach Darvin Ham remained optimistic and hopeful for the LA team to make things turn around and back to winning culture.

I would say this, man. And write it, quote it, however,” Ham said. “This may be happening now at the outset of what we’re trying to force to be a culture change in terms of getting us back to being highly competitive on a highly consistent basis, but it’s not going to always be like this. We’re going to turn the corner. I didn’t come here to lose. They didn’t bring me here to lose.”

The Utah Jazz is expected to enter a tanking era after they traded their focal players in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert – the team became better and more balance as they keep on breaking low expectations and playing each games with more passions and fun while far from the limelight and pressure that they had last year when they still their two stars.

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