Published May 02, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Gordon Hayward tallied 31 points and seven assists and the Utah Jazz topped the Kobe Bryant-less LA Lakers, 94-85, on Friday.
Trey Burke added 20 points and Derrick Favors posted 18 and 10 rebounds for Utah, which snapped a three-game losing skid.
Hayward shot 12-for-18 from the floor, 4-for-7 from behind the arc and made all three of his free throws. The Jazz finished 10-for-10 from the stripe as a team.
"We turned the ball over a little bit more than we wanted to, but for the most part we played really good on defense, which allowed us to get some easy buckets in transition," Hayward said. "We're athletic and we can finish on the break so anytime we can get going in transition that is a good thing."
Bryant, who posted a career-high 17 assists in Thursday's loss to Cleveland, was given the night off to rest. Nick Young paced Los Angeles in his absence with 23 points off the bench, including 13-for-13 from the foul line, and Jordan Hill had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
"We ended up with 21 [turnovers] and obviously they hit some big shots at the end and their defense got a little bit more aggressive in the last couple of minutes," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "It just seemed like we kind of panicked and that was pretty much it."
The Jazz led by three late in the fourth quarter when a technical foul led to six straight Utah points. Young was handed the violation, and Hayward hit the ensuing free throw. Favors turned it into a three-point possession with his reverse layup, and Hayward potted a 3-pointer on the next trip.
Utah then locked in on defense, forcing a shot clock violation. Just under two minutes later, Hayward put the game away with his short bank shot.
Hayward scored 11 in the first quarter to help the Jazz to a 28-23 lead. They shot 50 percent as a team over the first 12 minutes but couldn't find the range in the second, finishing the period 5-for-21 and missing all eight tries from behind the arc. The Lakers didn't attempt a 3 in the second and still trailed 44-43 at halftime.
LA led by as many as four in the third before a 10-0 run, which included 3- pointers from Hayward and Rodney Hood, gave Utah the lead back. It was 70-63 heading into the fourth.
The Lakers are 2-5 without Bryant in the lineup this season ... LA has lost four straight games ... The Jazz had 24 assists to LA's seven.