The Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers in their first matchup of the regular season, 94-85.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 31 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds. Derrick Favors was close behind with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots.
The Jazz went 12-of-31 from behind the three-point line, while the Lakers were 3-of-7. The Lakers outshot the Jazz 47.7% to 42.4% from the field.
Nick Young was a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe, aided by the Jazz fouling him four times behind the three-point line. The Jazz went 10-for-10 from the foul line.
Utah led the scoring in 3 quarters, only being outscored by LA in the 2nd, 20-16.
After a scoring slump, Gordon Hayward swatted a Laker layup into the crowd, soaking the ball in a fan’s beverage. After the officials swapped the ball for another, the Jazz offense surged, and never looked back.
The Lakers committed 19 turnovers, in part due to 11 Jazz steals. Joe Ingles and Enes Kanter each finished with 3 steals.
Listen to postgame interviews with head coach Quin Snyder and forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors here:
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