Lakers narrowly defeat Jazz in overtime, remain half-game behind 5th seed

The Lakers narrowly came away with a win over the Jazz in overtime. It was a 135-133 victory that LA should have closed out in regulation.
The Lakers led 124-114 with 1:43 left in the game, but Utah rallied back to tie it and sent the game to overtime.

LeBron James hit the shot to put LA ahead 135-133, which ended up being the game-winning shot. James finished with 37 points, along with five rebounds and six assists. Anthony Davis had 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. Austin Reaves had a phenomenal game, as he had 28 points and six assists.

Rui Hachimura had another good game off the bench, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds.

James’ dominated, having his best game since his return from injury. He made some great passes to open teammates while dominating in the scoring column. 

Davis didn’t have the same dominant scoring night but played well around. He anchored the defensive end of the floor and secured a ton of rebounds. His playmaking was on full display in this game.

Reaves was the X-Factor in this contest for LA. His contribution on offense helped the Lakers get an important victory. He was efficient, shooting 8-13 from the field, 4-7 from three, and 8-8 from the free throw line.

In his postgame interview, James stated, “It’s all about chemistry; the more minutes we get on the floor with one another, the better we’ll be.”

Darvin Ham has done a better job with the rotation of late, and the team has flourished since the trade deadline. They are clicking at the right time and are in a great position to secure a top-six seed in the Western Conference.

They sit a 0.5-game behind the 5th-seeded Warriors and are tied with the Clippers for the 6th seed. This makes the matchup against the Clippers on Wednesday crucial, as it could determine a ton for playoff seeding.

James and Davis will look to keep the team rolling against the Clippers in a game that could be a determining factor in the Lakers' season.

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