The Utah Jazz continued their amazing league-leading record to crush the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, with a pitiless 114-89 victory.
Donovan Mitchell, was in form for his second straight All-Star Game, scored a light 13 points but added 10 rebounds and eight assists.
All-Star French centre Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points each as six Jazz players also had double figures in the strong performance against an injury-depleted Lakers.
After the Jazz notched their 22nd win in 24 games, Mitchell said
“We’re playing consistent basketball right now,”
“That’s the biggest thing, to continue to play consistently for each other and do the little things. We got away from that in the playoffs and (now) we’re doing it every night.”
According to the punch, the Western Conference-leading Jazz got 22 three-pointers to the Lakers’ eight, pulling away in the second quarter as they improved to 26-6.
Los Angeles, were without injured star players Anthony Davis and guard Dennis Schroder as they fell to 22-11 with their fourth straight defeat.
LeBron James got 19 points and sat out the fourth quarter with the game beyond reach.
The other Lakers players to be on double figures were Montrezl Harrell with 16 and Markieff Morris with 12.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel happily called the Jazz the hottest team in the NBA “right now”, and
James said the Lakers were confident of better things to come. He said:
“It’s a tough stretch for us, but this won’t define what we will be for the rest of the season and for the long haul, that’s for sure”.