Hayward scores 25, Jazz beat Lakers to end 7-game road skid

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 25 points and the Utah Jazz snapped a seven-game road losing streak with an 86-74 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Kobe Bryant didn’t play for the Lakers (8-31) because of a strained right (vist cheap MT Coins) Achilles tendon. The NBA’s third all-time leading scorer has played in only 72 of 205 games since tearing his left Achilles with two games left in the 2012-13 season.

Bryant started the past two games, scoring a combined 47 points in 59 1/2 minutes after missing the previous three with a (click here to learn more information about NBA 2k16) sore right shoulder.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists after scoring a career-high 44 in Friday night’s 117-113 home (click here to buy NBA 2k16 MT) loss to Oklahoma City.

Roy Hibbert had eight rebounds and six points before fouling out with 8:02 left and also the Lakers trailing 66-56. Los Angeles teammate Julius Randle had 11 points and seven boards off the bench before fouling out in the final minute.

Utah led 43-30 at halftime after limiting the Lakers to 28.6 percent shooting. The Jazz took command in the second quarter, pulling out to a 40-23 lead with an 18-5 run capped by Rudy Gobert’s short jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left in the half.

Gobert had 10 points and five rebounds in his third game back after missing 18 because of a sprained MCL in his left knee. He fouled out in the final minute as well.

The Lakers got as close as 76-66 on Randle’s dunk with 2:42 remaining, but Hayward responded with a pair of jumpers and Gobert’s dunk gave Utah an 82-72 cushion with 50 seconds left.

TIP-INS

Jazz: No one on the team has posted double digits in assists in any of the first 37 games. … The Jazz hadn’t won away from home since beating the Clippers 102-91 on Nov. 25. … Derrick Favors missed his 10th straight game because of back spasms. … Head coach Quin Snyder was a Lakers assistant under Mike Brown during the 2011-12 season.

Lakers: Top draft pick D’Angelo Russell sat out because of a sprained right ankle that occurred Thursday night at Sacramento and limited him to just under 8 minutes Friday against Oklahoma City. … F Brandon Bass couldn’t play because of a corneal abrasion in his right eye, leaving coach Byron Scott with 10 healthy players – five of which entered Sunday averaging less than 20 minutes per game.

UP NEXT

Jazz: At Portland on Wednesday.

Lakers: Host New Orleans on Tuesday.