Favors' putback slam lifts Jazz over struggling Lakers
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Derrick Favors' tip slam with 2.1 seconds remaining lifted the Utah Jazz to a 105-103 decision over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers from EnergySolutions Arena.
Gordon Hayward canned a 3 in transition to break a 99-99 tie before splitting a pair at the free throw line on the next Utah trip for a 103-99 edge with 1:05 remaining. Jordan Hill then scored four in a row for LA to knot the score.
On the decisive trip, Hayward drove right and missed a layup over Robert Sacre, but the Lakers failed to box out Favors, who crashed through the lane and converted the putback dunk. Jodie Meeks' last second 3-point try was nowhere close.
Favors finished with 18 points and 14 boards for the Jazz while Hayward scored 24 points to go with a game-high nine assists. Marvin Williams scored 16 points and rookie Trey Burke donated 14 with seven helpers.
Nick Young led six Lakers in double figures with 21 points off the bench before fouling out with 5:45 left in the fourth. Chris Kaman had 19 points and 10 boards while Hill and Jordan Farmar netted 16 points apiece in the setback.
Los Angeles has lost four in a row.
12/27 23:41:25 ET