Shorthanded Lakers overtake shorthanded Jazz in OT

Dennis Schroder | USA Today images

The Lakers put together another strong performance to defeat the league-leading Utah Jazz, 127-115, in overtime on Saturday. The Jazz were extremely shorthanded, missing three of their starters — Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and Rudy Gobert.

The Lakers are in the same boat with LeBron James and Anthony Davis still missing in action. Those two will be returning very soon.

Regardless of being shorthanded the Lakers were extremely focused and played well. Andre Drummond scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He spoke on the team’s play and mindset.

“We clicked on all cylinders and we didn’t allow adversity to get us out of our game,” Drummond said. “The chemistry is getting there.”

The chemistry is coming together by the looks of things. Some of the other Lakers put together strong performances as well. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists. Markieff Morris scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off of the bench. Once James and Davis are back the Lakers could be a huge problem for the rest of the NBA — especially if they continue to get strong performances from multiple players.

The Lakers look to continue their winning ways on Monday, 4/19 against the Utah Jazz again at the Staples Center. Tip-off is at 10 pm Eastern/ 7 pm Pacific.

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