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Nicole Boliaux, Nicole Boliaux
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots the ball during the game against the Los Angles Lakers at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The Lakers lead 44 to 41 going into the half.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz overcame a spirited effort from the Los Angeles Lakers to earn a much-needed 96-88 victory on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz led 44-41 at halftime and trailed early in the third quarter, but behind All-Star wing Gordon Hayward, Utah took control in the back half of the third quarter.

Using an 8-2 run, the Lakers cut it their deficit to four in the final period. But Utah was able to keep Los Angeles from getting within a possession down the stretch as the Jazz snapped a two-game losing skid.


• The Jazz went on a 16-0 run in the third quarter to turn a four-point deficit into a double-digit lead heading into the final period.

• Los Angeles fell to 8-2 in games it's held opponents under 100 points this season.

• The Jazz swept the season series with L.A., 4-0.

Records: Jazz (30-18); Lakers (16-34)


Jazz: Gordon Hayward had 24 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Rudy Gobert added nine points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

Lakers: Louis Williams came off the bench to lead the Lakers with 20 points, five rebounds and an assist.

Up next

Jazz: vs. Grizzlies, Saturday, 7 p.m. MST

Lakers: vs. Nuggets, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.