Balanced Utah Jazz rout Lakers; Pelicans hammer Thunder

ANAHEIM, CA (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers continued its shaky run in preseason after losing 119-86 to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

The defeat at the Honda Center was the Lakers’ third in a row, adding to the back-to-back defeats suffered at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

Thursday night, Gordon Hayward scored 16 points, four assists, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on 5 of 7 shooting and Derrick Favors added 15 points for the Jazz, who remain undefeated in preseason from four games.

Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Lakers, while former Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer added 17 points and Jordan Hill collected a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds in the defeat.

Utah also got good contributions from Dante Exum, who scored 13 points and six assists, as well as Rodney Hood, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

Los Angeles was without veteran point guard Steve Nash, who was rested after the 40-year-old apparently injured his back on Wednesday, and Jeremy Lin, who is recovering from a sprained left ankle.

The Lakers went 41-percent from the field, but were 0 of 5 from three-point range.

Utah Jazz led the LA Lakers 56-35 at halftime and 86-62 through the first three quarters.

AT Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA:

Also on the night, star forward Anthony Davis poured in a game-high 28 points and 8 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans to eased to a 120-86 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ryan Anderson added 17 points and Jrue Holiday finished with 14 in support of Davis.

Jeremy Lamb had 20 points and seven boards to lead the way for the Kevin Durant-less OKC, which also got useful contributions from Sebastian Telfair, 16 points and Steven Adams, 12 points and eight rebounds.

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