Clarkson leads Lakers rally for 100-97 win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Los Angele coach Byron Scott said Jordan Clarkson has been working on his mid-range jump shot recently. The rookie point guard showed the fruits of that labor Wednesday night as he helped rally the Lakers to a 100-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson scored a career-high 22 points and shot 62.5 percent from the field, helping eliminate the Jazz's hopes for their first three-game win streak of the season.
''I'm just trying to prove people wrong,'' Clarkson said. ''I've got a chip on my shoulder every time I step on the court. I was just playing aggressive. We were getting stops on the defensive end and getting out and making plays in transition. Just kind of one of those days where it was going for me. I was getting to my pull-up jump shot and it started falling for me.''
The Lakers (15-41) used a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to take their first lead at 90-88. The Jazz (21-35) failed to gets stops down the stretch and couldn't score on the offensive end after leading 82-69 with 11 minutes left in the game.
''I thought we kept our composure, we kept playing,'' Scott said. ''We've got a bunch of resilient guys. They just kept playing and giving us an opportunity.
''We're not going to quit and pack it in. That's not me. I'm glad it's not them. ... We make a ton of mistakes at times, but it's not because of a lack of effort.''
Gordon Hayward scored 20 for the Jazz, and Elijah Millsap finished with a career-high 17.
Jordan Hill scored 16 for the Lakers, while Wayne Ellington had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
''They brought energy,'' Millsap said. ''Our coaches had energy, our fans had energy. This one's just on us.''
The Lakers forced 21 turnovers and scored 22 points off of them to aid the comeback win. They shot 52.2 percent from the field during the fourth-quarter comeback while the Jazz went cold and shot 27.3 percent from the field. Ed Davis scored six of his 12 points during the 10-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead.
The Jazz were outscored 31-19 in the final 12 minutes.
''We just were weak. Weak-minded,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''I don't think we just rolled over. It wasn't like there wasn't any intensity. We couldn't finish.
''You have to understand how the game's being played and respond to it. Your level has to go up. .. They were the more aggressive team.''
Lakers: The injury-decimated Lakers started Ryan Kelly, Carlos Boozer, Robert Sacre, Wayne Ellington and Clarkson. ... Former Jazz forward Boozer, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds, was booed throughout the game.
Jazz: Trey Burke started the second half in place of Dante Exum. ... Burke was held under 16 points for the first time in four games. He had seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. ... The Jazz scored 46 points in the paint while the Lakers scored 38 from inside. ... Rudy Gobert tied a career high with 16 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Advanced analytics have become a valued tool by coaches and general managers throughout the league. But not Scott, who said he gets a weekly update, but that doesn't mean he'll use them.
''We've got a few guys who truly believe in it. I'm not one of them,'' Scott said. ''I listen to it and all that stuff and take it into consideration, but I'm still just old-school. ... When they bring it all to me, I look at it, evaluate it and do what I want to do as the head coach.''
Snyder was asked the reason for the 21 turnovers.
''Lack of mental toughness. Lack of precision. Being weak-minded. Looking around for someone to blame, some reason other than being tougher. ... It's an NBA game, people are going to be physical. You can't give the ball up that easy,'' Snyder said.
Lakers: at Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Jazz: at Denver Nuggets on Friday.