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Jazz 105, Lakers 103

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Center Derrick Favors made the winning putback dunk with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Utah Jazz a 105-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Lakers guard Jodie Meeks' attempt from 3-point territory was well short at the buzzer as short-handed Los Angeles (13-17) dropped its fourth game in a row.

Shooting guard Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 24 points to lift the Jazz (9-23) to a win in their first home game after a five-game road trip.

Guard Nick Young led the Lakers with 21 points, but he didn't play the last half of the fourth quarter after fouling out.

Backup Lakers big man Jordan Hill scored four straight points, including free throws with 18.6 remaining to tie the score at 105.

After a timeout, Hayward drove to the basket and drew three Lakers defenders on him. Hayward's shot rimmed off, but nobody from LA blocked Favors out and the 6-foot-10 center slammed in the go-ahead bucket.

Favors finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Marvin Williams scored 16 and rookie point guard Trey Burke had 14 points and seven assists despite twisting an ankle in the first half.

Center Chris Kaman started for the Lakers, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hill and guard Jordan Farmar each scored 16 for LA.

The Lakers were forced into using their 15th different starting lineup this season -- and their sixth in six games -- because of injuries and illness.

Center Pau Gasol didn't travel to Utah because of an upper respiratory infection that has been bothering for a while.

The Lakers were also without Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Steve Blake (torn ulnar collateral ligament).

The Jazz travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Saturday and the Lakers return home for a Sunday game against Philadelphia.

The Lakers made a game of it late despite Young's absence.

Before he picked up his fifth foul in the middle of the fourth quarter, Young capped a 9-0 LA run to put the visitors up 74-72. He then picked up his fifth foul and was taken out of the game.

Shortly after Young went to the bench, Hayward put the Jazz up 96-90 with an explosive breakaway dunk.

Young returned right after that and fouled out seconds later with 5:45 left. He sat on the baseline for a moment, left the arena and then returned to the bench for the remainder of the game.

NOTES: Jazz SG Gordon Hayward flew to Indianapolis from Memphis the day after Utah played the Grizzlies to surprise his girlfriend with a Christmas marriage proposal. He announced the results on Twitter and Instagram: "Merry Christmas to everyone out there! Hope it's a good one! Mine was especially good (because) SHE SAID YES!!!! So thrilled I get to marry my best friend and such an amazing person @robynvanvliet! I love you!!!" ... Phil Johnson, Jerry Sloan's longtime assistant with the Jazz, once coached Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni with the Kansas City Kings. ... The NBA announced that it's taking the Lakers-Rockets game on Jan. 8 off of ESPN and replacing it with a Suns-Timberwolves contest. ... Jazz SF Mike Harris has been excused from the Jazz for this weekend's games to be with his family for the birth of his newborn child.
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