Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and LeBron James added 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Utah Jazz 90-83 on Friday to win their third straight game.
Los Angeles led 79-76 with 5:28 to play before grabbing momentum with a 9-3 run over the ensuing four minutes and taking an 88-79 advantage down the stretch. A bucket and two free throws from the Jazz’s Alec Burks cut the lead to 88-83.
Ingram canned a pair of free throws with 19.7 seconds to play to cement the win. The Lakers (11-7) have won seven of their past eight outings.
The Jazz (8-11) have lost five of their past six games and nine of their last 13 but did snap a streak of allowing at least 113 points in its past four losses.
JaVale McGee added 12 points for the Lakers while Lonzo Ball took 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Burks led the Jazz with 17 points off the bench, while Joe Ingles scored 16, Rudy Gobert added 13 points, and Derrick Favors hit for 10 points in the setback. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was forced from the game early in the second quarter with a rib contusion and did not return.
The Lakers led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter before settling for a 22-16 lead after the first 12 minutes of play. Ingram had half of Los Angeles’ points in the period.
A layup by Ball with 8:22 to play in the second quarter allowed the Lakers a 30-22 advantage but Utah finished the period on an 18-8 run to tie the game at 38 at intermission.
Ingram led the Lakers with 13 points in the first two quarters while Ingles’ 12 points paced Utah.
The Jazz finally moved in front at 61-59 on a Burks dunk with 1:47 to play in the third quarter and led 63-62 before James came in off the bench with 4.9 seconds remaining and plowed down the court before drawing a foul and making both free throws to grant Los Angeles a 63-62 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Lakers return to the floor on Sunday when they host Orlando. Utah stays on the road for a dustup against Sacramento, also on Sunday.
—Field Level Media