JOE Ingles hit the go-ahead triple to help the Utah Jazz escape a nailbiter over the Los Angeles Lakers , 102-100, at the Staples Center on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
After Julius Randle hit consecutive baskets in the final two minutes to put the Lakers up 99-97, Rudy Gobert sank a putback to tie the game at 99 with 56 ticks remaining. Utah then forced a shotclock violation, setting up Ingles’ second trey of the fourth period to give the Jazz a 102-99 lead with 21.6 to play.
Randle then split his charities after drawing a foul on Gobert, but the French center came up empty from the stripe to leave the door open for the Lakers. D’Angelo Russell’s three pointer at the buzzer, though, fell way short.
Gordon Hayward carried the fight for the Jazz in a tightly contested first half with 18 points before halftime, and continued his rampage in the third in leading a 7-0 run to turn a 52-48 deficit at the break to a 68-63 lead for Utah.
Lou Williams, though, led a Lakers counter, dropping nine points in the final two minutes of the third, to regain control, 74-72, heading into the fourth. Randle also had a double-double after three quarters as he poured eight of his career-high 25 markers in the period along with 10 rebounds before the final frame.
Joe Johnson then scored eight points in 14-6 run to start the fourth and bring Utah on top, 86-80, with 7:16 to play. Back-to-back triples by Williams and Randle from almost midcourt, followed by a Williams floater gave back the Lakers the lead with 4:16 remaining to set up the thrilling endgame.
Hayward finished with 31 points, one short of his season high, while Ingles added 13 off the bench to help the Jazz break a three-game slump and move to 19-13. Gobert had 12 markers and 11 boards, while Johnson and Diaw each scored 10.
Williams had 18 of his 22 points in the second half but could not prevent the Lakers from falling to 12-23 after losing five of their last six games. Jordan Clarkson added 12 markers off the bench.