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Lakers dump Jazz, wrap up West's No. 1 seed

Field Level Media
04 Aug 2020, 14:19 GMT+10

Anthony Davis scored 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Monday, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

LeBron James contributed 22 points and nine assists, and Dwight Howard added 11 points as the Lakers improved to 2-1 in restart games, rebounding from a loss to the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, 21 of which came in the first half, and Mike Conley added 24 as the Jazz lost their second consecutive game after winning the opening game of the NBA's return in central Florida on Thursday.

The Lakers (51-15) took control of a tight game with a 14-0 run late in the third quarter, turning a deficit into an 81-71 advantage. The period ended on a 19-5 Lakers run.

In their three games of the restart, the Lakers have not faced a team below the top four spots in either conference. They defeated the Western Conference's second-place team, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Thursday before falling to the Raptors, the No. 2 team in the East.

The Jazz (42-25) entered play Monday tied for fourth in the West, though they slipped to No. 5 behind the Houston Rockets (42-24) with their loss.

The Lakers shot 50 percent from the field Monday and 34.6 percent from 3-point range, one game after shooting 35.4 percent and 25 percent in those categories respectively.

Davis was more involved from the outset. He scored 14 points and took just seven shots from the field against the Raptors, but he had 13 points and 14 shots from the field in the first quarter against the Jazz. He finished 13 of 28 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Jazz shot 44.6 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from 3-point range, one game after shooting 39.1 percent and 25.8 percent in those categories, respectively, in a defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Rudy Gobert scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for Utah while Royce O'Neale added 13 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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