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Davis scores 26 points, Lakers rout Jazz 121-96

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers had plenty of energy left for the second night of a difficult back-to-back.

Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists for his 17th double-double in 22 games, and the Lakers dominated on both ends of the court in a 121-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

A night after winning in Denver, the Lakers pushed the pace on offense and closed down passing lanes and contested shots even while leading by double digits throughout the second half.

''We knew we had to bring energy,'' James said. ''Even with a back-to-back, we still got to have energy and we got to push the pace. We're very good when we get stops and we run. ... It's very important for us to push the pace, but it starts with our defense and we got defensive stops.''

Rajon Rondo paced a strong bench effort with 14 points, and season highs of 12 assists and eight rebounds.

The Lakers burned the Jazz repeatedly in transition, outscoring Utah 32-5 in fast-break points. Much of that came as a result of high-energy defense. Los Angeles totaled 21 points off 19 Jazz turnovers.

''We've got a good team,'' Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. ''We have high aspirations. We're trying to keep a game-to-game, stay-in-the-moment focus throughout the year.''

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 for Utah. The Jazz lost for the fifth time in six games.

Utah shot 45.2% from 3-point range but forced just seven turnovers - a season-low for the Lakers - and allowed Los Angeles to shoot 51% from the field and 48% from 3-point range.

''At the beginning of the year there was a determination and a focus defensively, and it showed,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''More recently, we've allowed other things, whether it be a missed shot, perception of a bad call, a turnover - everything is lingering. Our inability to get to the next play has hurt our defense.''

The Jazz opened the game with baskets on four straight possessions and took an 11-5 lead. Bogdanovic got things going with back-to-back 3-pointers. Utah eventually cooled down. Los Angeles did not.

Behind a 9-0 run, the Lakers surged out to a 30-20 lead. Davis scored back-to-back baskets to punctuate the run. Los Angeles was just getting started.

The Lakers used a 16-4 run, sparked by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter from Kyle Kuzma, to stake out a 46-30 lead early in the second quarter. James fueled the bulk of the run with three baskets over a minute.

''We've got to come in and look at ourselves in the mirror, and there's stuff we've got to do better,'' Mitchell said. ''We've got to hold each other accountable when it's necessary.''

Los Angeles maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. The Lakers led by as many as 25 points after halftime.

Utah shot 50% from the field in the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 68-57 on a runner from Jeff Green. That's as close as the Jazz got. Los Angeles countered with a 10-2 run capped off by JaVale McGee's alley-oop dunk to go up 78-59 midway through the quarter.

''We've been struggling coming out in the third quarter, giving teams more life,'' Davis said. ''We gave it up a little bit tonight and then we kind of found it again.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: Dwight Howard made his first 3-pointer of the season with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter. ... Los Angeles outscored the Jazz 52-34 in the paint. . The Lakers are 12-1 this season when outscoring their opponent in fast-break points.

Jazz: Mike Conley missed his first game of the season (left hamstring tightness). Mitchell started at point guard in Conley's place with Joe Ingles starting at shooting guard. ... Rudy Gobert had 10 rebounds.

BLOCK PARTY

Davis finished with three blocked shots. All three blocks came during the third quarter. His first one provided the biggest highlight when he ran past Bogdanovic, changed direction, and recovered to block the Jazz forward's attempted 3-pointer.

Davis made a tough play look simple and, in the process, summed up for his teammates where he is at defensively early in the season.

''It's not hard (to block that shot) when you're defensive player of the year,'' James said.

STREAK BUSTED

It was James' first win in Utah since Dec. 8, 2010.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Portland on Friday night.

Jazz: Host Memphis on Saturday night.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
D. Mitchell
45 SG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
24.5 Pts. Per Game 24.5
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
49.8 Field Goal % 43.6
49.6 Three Point % 43.5
70.0 Free Throw % 82.9
  Bad pass turnover on Dante Exum, stolen by Rajon Rondo 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Dante Exum 0:25
  Kyle Kuzma missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
  LAL team rebound 0:26
  Kyle Kuzma missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Shooting foul on Jarrell Brantley 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels 0:29
  Emmanuel Mudiay missed layup, blocked by Kyle Kuzma 0:32
  UTA team rebound 0:35
  Quinn Cook missed driving layup, blocked by Nigel Williams-Goss 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook 0:44
Team Stats
Points 121 96
Field Goals 46-90 (51.1%) 34-83 (41.0%)
3-Pointers 14-29 (48.3%) 14-31 (45.2%)
Free Throws 15-25 (60.0%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 55 53
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 38 32
Team 9 13
Assists 27 20
Steals 13 3
Blocks 12 3
Turnovers 7 18
Fouls 17 24
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 4 REB, 12 AST
29 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Lakers 19-3 34312927121
home team logo Jazz 12-10 2621282196
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 19-3 114.5 PPG 45.2 RPG 26.7 APG
home team logo Jazz 12-10 105.9 PPG 45.2 RPG 21.3 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 27.7 PPG 9.0 RPG 3.3 APG 50.7 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 24.7 PPG 4.8 RPG 3.6 APG 43.8 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 26 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
D. Mitchell SG 29 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
51.1 FG% 41.0
48.3 3PT FG% 45.2
60.0 FT% 73.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 26 6 1 9/11 0/0 8/9 2 26 1 3 0 1 5 +3 38
L. James 20 4 12 9/21 1/6 1/1 3 29 1 0 1 0 4 +14 48
K. Caldwell-Pope 14 1 0 5/8 2/4 2/2 2 24 0 1 0 1 0 +14 16
J. McGee 8 5 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 13 2 1 0 3 2 -1 16
D. Green 6 5 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 2 20 0 1 1 1 4 +2 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 26 6 1 9/11 0/0 8/9 2 26 1 3 0 1 5 +3 38
L. James 20 4 12 9/21 1/6 1/1 3 29 1 0 1 0 4 +14 48
K. Caldwell-Pope 14 1 0 5/8 2/4 2/2 2 24 0 1 0 1 0 +14 16
J. McGee 8 5 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 13 2 1 0 3 2 -1 16
D. Green 6 5 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 2 20 0 1 1 1 4 +2 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Rondo 14 9 12 5/12 2/3 2/2 2 32 2 0 2 0 9 +25 47
K. Kuzma 13 1 0 4/11 3/5 2/7 0 30 4 3 2 0 1 +25 19
D. Howard 7 9 1 3/3 1/1 0/4 0 19 0 3 0 2 7 +19 21
A. Caruso 5 3 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 3 +14 10
J. Dudley 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 +4 4
T. Daniels 3 2 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 12 1 0 0 0 2 +2 6
Q. Cook 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 +4 3
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton-Tucker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Norvell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 46 27 46/90 14/29 15/25 17 234 13 12 7 8 38 +125 239
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 29 4 5 11/24 3/7 4/5 1 33 0 0 2 0 4 -18 41
B. Bogdanovic 23 3 3 6/15 6/10 5/5 2 35 1 0 2 1 2 -5 31
R. Gobert 13 10 2 6/8 0/0 1/3 3 27 1 0 2 4 6 -8 26
J. Green 8 4 2 3/7 2/4 0/0 4 23 0 0 1 1 3 -12 15
J. Ingles 4 2 5 1/5 1/3 1/2 4 27 0 0 5 0 2 +1 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 29 4 5 11/24 3/7 4/5 1 33 0 0 2 0 4 -18 41
B. Bogdanovic 23 3 3 6/15 6/10 5/5 2 35 1 0 2 1 2 -5 31
R. Gobert 13 10 2 6/8 0/0 1/3 3 27 1 0 2 4 6 -8 26
J. Green 8 4 2 3/7 2/4 0/0 4 23 0 0 1 1 3 -12 15
J. Ingles 4 2 5 1/5 1/3 1/2 4 27 0 0 5 0 2 +1 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Davis 7 4 0 3/5 0/0 1/2 4 13 0 0 0 1 3 -12 11
G. Niang 6 2 0 2/6 2/4 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 0 2 -17 8
R. O'Neale 2 5 1 0/4 0/3 2/2 3 22 1 0 2 0 5 -18 8
D. Exum 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 2 0 1 -4 1
E. Mudiay 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 -16 5
N. Williams-Goss 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 -6 3
J. Brantley 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 1 1 0 1 -6 1
T. Bradley 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 1 1 1 2 -4 3
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wright-Foreman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Oni - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morgan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 40 20 34/83 14/31 14/19 24 234 3 3 18 8 32 -125 164