SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — George Hill scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-89 in Utah’s home opener on Friday night.
The Jazz used a 16-1 run spanning halftime to take an 11-point lead, but the Lakers closed the third quarter on a 22-11 run — highlighted by Tarik Black’s put-backs and Lou Williams’ 3 — to take a 65-64 lead.READ MORE: One Crew Member Killed, Second Wounded After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On Movie Set In New Mexico
The Jazz trailed by four midway in the fourth quarter when Hill’s 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 run for an 83-76 lead. Utah led the rest of the way.
Jazz forward Derrick Favors returned from a knee injury that kept him out for most of the preseason and the season opener. He finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Teammate Rodney Hood added 15.
Williams led the Lakers with 17 points.
Lakers: No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram left the game with a sore right knee in the first half and did not return. … D’Angelo Russell shot just 3 for 14 and had nine points.
Jazz: Forward Gordon Hayward went through a workout, including shooting the ball, before the game. He is out indefinitely and missed most of the preseason with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand. … Gobert had his second double-double in two games and also had four blocks
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Jazz coach Quin Snyder was an assistant with the Lakers from 2011-12 when Lakers coach Luke Walton was on the roster. Snyder said he worked a lot with the second unit, which included Walton.READ MORE: CDC Announces Immediate Recall Of Popular Household Item
“His feel for the game and just the kind of quiet intelligence,” Snyder said when asked what he remembered. “Sometimes you had to ask him what he thought. … You can always learn a lot from NBA players when you’re coaching if you just pay attention and keep your ears open. There’s things that they acquire over a period of a career. Luke, clearly, that stuff translates to him coaching right now.”
Lakers guard Nick Young has already matched his number of starts from the 2015-16 season. He’s started both games season and had just two last year.
“He earned it, honestly,” Walton said. “In training camp it wasn’t like we had him penciled in. But he continued to work hard defensively, is what first caught our eye.
“When that first unit was struggling to kind of score in those preseason games, we were just thinking of different ways to get more firepower and kind of keep that second unit together that was playing really well. We tried Nick and he did a phenomenal job and kept working hard in practice. It felt right.”
Lakers: Travel to face Oklahoma City on Sunday after Russell Westbrook scored 51 points on 44 shots Friday against the Suns.
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