LOS ANGELES — For the second straight season the Utah Jazz are going to the playoffs.
The Jazz beat a shorthanded Lakers team 112-97 Sunday evening to improve to 47-33 on the season.
While Utah is assured a spot in the playoffs, the seed is very much up in the air with two games remaining.
Turning point: With the Jazz struggling to shrug off the Lakers, Joe Ingles had a dunk, his first 3-pointer of the night and then scored a fast-break layup to extend his team's lead to 10 (66-56) in the middle of the third quarter.
The hero: Donovan Mitchell had a strong overall game, scoring 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists, including a three-quarter court pass to Ingles.
• Los Angeles played without starters Lonzo Ball (knee), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle).
• The Jazz held the Lakers shooting to 40 percent from the field and just 18.2 percent from the 3-point line. Utah, by contrast made 50.6 percent of its shots.
• Utah was in a passing mood on Sunday, assisting on 35 of the team's 42 buckets. The Lakers could only manage 19 assists.
Jazz almanac: Won 5
Playoff picture: The Jazz are in fourth place in the Western Conference, one game behind No. 3 Portland and one game ahead of New Orleans, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, who are all tied for fifth.
Final 2 games of the regular season:
Tuesday vs. Golden State (57-23), 7 p.m. MDT
Wednesday at Portland (48-32), 8:30 p.m.