Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz: Live Score and Analysis

Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young dribbles the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Trail Blazers won 124-112. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Danny Moloshok
Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Utah Jazz 119-104 Monday night behind 41 points on 14-of-23 shooting (6-of-11 from three) from Nick Young. 

The Lakers (26-55) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win while the Jazz (24-57) have now lost five games in a row and are guaranteed to finish with at least the league's fourth-worst record. 

After entering the fourth quarter tied at 86, the Lakers offense exploded and went on a 23-3 run that helped propel Mike D'Antoni's squad to a 33-point frame. In the final period, the Lakers outscored the opposition by 15. 

All told, the Lakers shot 55 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.

Jodie Meeks totaled 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Jordan Hill played one of his best games of the season, compiling 21 points (10-of-13 shooting), six rebounds and a block in 24 minutes. 

Kendall Marshall added two points and a game-high 15 assists and Robert Sacre poured in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the pine. 

All five Jazz starters finished in double figures, and it was shooting guard Alec Burks who led the way with 22 points on a tidy 8-of-10 shooting. 

Gordon Hayward added 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, but Utah was a team-worst minus-24 with him on the floor. 

Enes Kanter was steady throughout, chipping in 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. 

Both teams will wrap up their regular season slates on Wednesday. The Lakers are set to square off against the San Antonio Spurs while the Jazz will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

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