SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz came up with its best defensive effort of the season, and it paid off with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points, while Ricky Rubio added 21, as the Jazz held the Lakers to just 38 percent shooting from the field in a 96-81 win, snapping a 2-game slide.
Derrick Favors added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles each scored 13, as the Jazz evened their record at 3-3 on the season.
“There’s going to be different guys on different nights,” said head coach Quin Snyder. “Everybody is going to have to get used to how this team is, including me. This team is still trying to discover who it is. We’re going to have opportunities to say, this guy was this and this guy was that. The game will sometimes present itself.”
“They were switching, and I end up with the small guy on me,” said Rudy Gobert, who had six points and eight rebounds. “So sometimes, you get a three, and sometimes I’m wide open too, but tonight it was more of the three. We’re going to get better at attacking the small lineups and how to get more points inside.
Despite committing 23 turnovers, the Jazz forced 16, and outrebounded the Lakers, 49-39.
Former University of Utah star Kyle Kuzma had 9 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in his first game back in Utah with the Lakers. Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak was in attendance at the game.
The Jazz next host Dallas Monday night.