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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) as the Utah Jazz and the LA Lakers play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

Following two straight ugly road losses, the Utah Jazz got back on the winning track Saturday night at Vivint Arena, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 96-81.

The turning point: The Jazz got off to a strong start on both ends of the floor and led 31-16 after the first quarter. The Lakers hung around throughout the night but Utah finished strong to secure the win.

3 keys:

  • Utah shot nearly 47 percent from the field compared to just over 38 percent for Los Angeles. The Jazz made 13 3-pointers compared to just five for the Lakers.
  • Utah won the rebounding battle, 49-39.
  • Five Jazzmen finished in double figures compared to two for Los Angeles.
Jazz almanac: 3-3

The heroes: Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 22 points and added three steals, three rebounds and two assists. Ricky Rubio added 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Next up: vs. Dallas (1-6), Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. MDT

On deck: vs. Portland (3-2), Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. MDT