Sizzling Jazz hand Lakers another loss

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    RISING: Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson shoots an open jumper in first half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    JORDAN Clarkson scored 18 points as the red-hot Utah Jazz smashed the Los Angeles Lakers 114-89 Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) in Salt Lake City, sending the defending NBA champions to their fourth consecutive defeat.

    Utah’s Mike Conley finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Donovan Mitchell totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his first game since earning his second All-Star Game trip.

    Rudy Gobert, also named to his second All-Star team, added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Jazz earned their 22nd win in 24 games. It also the 20th time in the spurt that they won by double digits.

    LeBron James scored 19 points but didn’t have much help in the Lakers’ most lopsided loss of the season. Los Angeles, playing without Anthony Davis (calf) and Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols), lost for the fifth time in six games.

    In other games, it was the Hornets 124, Suns 121; Thunder 102, Spurs 99; Hawks 127, Celtics 112; Warriors 111, Pacers 107; Heat 116, Raptors 108; Cavs 112, Rockets 96; Bulls 133, Wolves 126 (OT); and Pelicans 128, Pistons 118.

    In other games, it was the Hornets 124, Suns 121; Thunder 102, Spurs 99; Hawks 127, Celtics 112; Warriors 111, Pacers 107; Heat 116, Raptors 108; Cavs 112, Rockets 96; Bulls 133, Wolves 126 (OT); and Pelicans 128, Pistons 118.

    Hornets 124, Suns 121

    Malik Monk scored 29 points off the bench as Charlotte rebounded from a slow start to pull out a victory at Phoenix.

    LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward each scored 20 as the Hornets won after absorbing a 22-point defeat at Utah on Monday to open a six-game road trip.

    Devin Booker scored 33 points for the Suns while Chris Paul added 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. – Field Level Media