Jazz seek to defend better versus Lakers

Jazz seek to defend better versus Lakers

Alec Burks led Utah with 17 points off the bench.

James scored 24 points for the Lakers, who have seven victories in their last nine games, but both of those defeats came to the Magic. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 17. Orlando made 51 percent of its shots in that stretch, including 9 of 19 3-pointers.

It wasn't by any means the most lovely win, but the Los Angeles Lakers muscled by the Utah Jazz 90-83 on Friday night to grab their third straight win.

Lakers players blamed their inability to protect their lead on a lack of effort.

"That's not even a question, but you attract so many eyes on defense, you know, I had a good shot but he had a great shot", James said.

Vucevic averaged 33.5 points, 14 rebounds and 3.5 assists against the Lakers this season, living up to Lakers coach Luke Walton's pregame description of the former Southern California star as a "nightmare to matchup with" because of the versatility of his offensive game. The Lakers committed a season-high 24 turnovers and managed just 10 assists all night, struggling to get out on the break and foundering in half-court sets. "All you can say".

James explained his decision to kick it out to Caldwell-Pope when he met with reporters after the game.

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"We always talk about him being aggressive".

LeBron missed a three and the Lakers stopped getting shots at the rim, while the Magic got their final buckets - a Terrence Ross layup and an Aaron Gordon dunk - inside the restricted area.

Magic: Clifford has not decided whether F Wes Iwundu will remain in the starting lineup when Jonathan Isaac is no longer playing on a minutes restriction.

Of course, if the Lakers learn their lessons and manage games better than they did Sunday, those late-game minutes won't be of any effect because the victory will already be wrapped up. "The challenges of the day are the only things I am anxious about", Clifford said.

Utah had to play minust Donovan Mitchell for most of the game as the top Jazz scorer bruised his ribs in the 2nd quarter and didn't return.

Butler finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Joel Embiid had 32 points and 12 boards for the 76ers. Lance Stephenson had 13 off the bench.

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