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Mark J. Terrill, AP
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, reaches in on Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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.

3 keys:

• 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.