Shorthanded Lakers fall to the Utah Jazz, 112-97, as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma sit out

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LOS ANGELES — The familiar faces were in the building, but not on the active players list as a Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma-less Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Utah Jazz, 112-97. The Jazz clinched a playoff spot with the win. 

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the win, becoming the first rookie to lead a playoff team in scoring since Carmelo Anthony.

Joe Ingles finished with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 10 assists.

Josh Hart led the Lakers with 25 points, and Tyler Ennis added a career-high 22 points. Starting in place of Kuzma, Hart played a career-high 41 minutes. 

“Saying he’s a 3 and D guy is limiting for his potential,” Luke Walton said when asked about Hart’s play. “He’s somebody that as a coaching staff we have a lot of confidence in.”

Ball missed what was his sixth-straight game with a bruise near the left knee, and Ingram missed his fifth straight game in concussion protocol.

The Lakers have two games remaining this season, a back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.


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