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Lakers @ Jazz Game Recap

The Red Hot Jazz Overcome the Freefalling Lakers in a Monsterous Offensive Showing.

Photo: Garrett Ellwood, Getty Images.

The Utah Jazz blow out the Los Angeles Lakers, 139-116 in a huge win, led by a dominant first half from Jordan Clarkson, who ended with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, including an incredible buzzer beating three to end the first quarter.

With this win the Jazz move to 9-3 on the season, propelling them to first place in the west which is a remarkable feat, considering the expectations that the team had going into the season. They started the match firing on all cylinders, scoring 42 points in the first quarter, however the LA Lakers without Lebron James or defensive veteran Patrick Beverley, were not far behind, with a good offensive showing in the first quarter, totalling 34 points. The Jazz had great performances from Jordan Clarkson, Talen Horten-Tucker, Walker Kessler and Collin Sexton in the first half, with a fairly subpar showing by Lauri Markkanen in the first half. From the Lakers both Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis had a great first half, AD was aggressive inside and torched the Jazz's paint defense. Russell Westbrook also took advantage of the weaker rim protection, scoring incessantly inside, however Westbrook also had a fairly good defensive game, with a steal and multiple hustle plays, forcing turnovers and getting rebounds. In the second half it was all Jazz however, starting off with a 15-4 run to start the 3rd quarter, the energy from the team and from the fans was electric. Especially coming off one of the best dunks in Talen Horton-Tuckers career:

This incredible energy continued throughout the night including another fantastic dunk from THT following a steal as well as a half court semi lob from Collin Sexton to Lauri Markkanen who had an incredible bounce back from the first half, ending with 23 points, 20 of which came from the second half.

Overall the match was fairly fun to watch in the first half for both teams, with the score being relatively close, however only Jazz fans had fun in the second half as what was a 5 point lead, became a 23 point lead by the final buzzer. Box Score: Utah Jazz:

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