In an impressive all-around performance, Pau Gasol scored 23 points and recorded 17 rebounds and 8 assists to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz, 110-99. The Lakers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 33 assists and turning it over only 10 times. Los Angeles (14-19) has won just three of their last 10 games.
Gasol went 10-17 from the field. He also tallied 3 blocks. Other top contributors for Los Angeles included Kendall Marshall with 20 points and 15 assists, and Jodie Meeks with 18 points and 6 assists. Despite the loss, Gordon Hayward scored 22 points for Utah on 8-16 shooting, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Enes Kanter chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Favors finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 58.0%, the Lakers connected at a rate of 41.7% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 2-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Jazz are 1-5 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Utah (11-25) to 1-1 versus Los Angeles on the season.
Coming up, the Lakers play the Denver Nuggets, who are 15-17 on the season. The Jazz match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently sitting at 25-7 this year. The Lakers are 0-1 versus Denver this season. The Jazz have lost to Oklahoma City the last two times they have played.
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