League-leading Utah Jazz fall to hungry Los Angeles Lakers in overtime

PA Sport Staff
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A lay-up from Dennis Schroder forced his Los Angeles Lakers into overtime against the league-leading Utah Jazz and the Californians stayed the distance to emerge 127-115 victors.

The Lakers were their own worst enemy after blowing a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but managed to stop the rot by outscoring the Jazz 17-5 in the extra period.

In the absence of injured stars – Utah were without Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert while Los Angeles did not have LeBron James or Anthony Davis – Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 27 points, the same number contributed by Andre Drummond of the Lakers.

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The Boston Celtics claimed their sixth straight win after Jayson Tatum scored 44 points and had 10 rebounds en route to a 119-114 victory against the Golden State Warriors.

Two-time league MVP Steph Curry poured in 47 points but it was not enough to steal the advantage from the Celtics, whose guard Kemba Walker nailed a crucial three-pointer to slow the Warriors’ momentum with 24 seconds remaining.

The injury-hit San Antonio Spurs stopped the Phoenix Suns’ 10-game winning streak with a dominant 111-85 performance, while Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points as his Chicago Bulls downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-96.

The Memphis Grizzlies began their seven-game road-trip with a 128-115 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards were 121-100 victors against the Detroit Pistons.