Jazz defeat the Lakers without LeBron James

By Navneet Singh

On Monday night in Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz defeated the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 139-116 thanks to Lauri Markkanen's 23 points and Jordan Clarkson's 22 points.

As the Jazz won their third straight game, Collin Sexton scored 17 points, while Mike Conley added 14 points and 12 assists.

Utah defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on the road Sunday night 110-102 before returning home. The team had seven players score in double digits.

For the Lakers, who dropped their third straight game, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points and Anthony Davis scored a game-high 29 points.

LeBron James, one of Los Angeles' three regular starters, sat out due to pain in his left foot. It was James' first absence from a game this year.

With its second victory over the Lakers in as many nights, Utah took sole ownership of first place in the Western Conference with a 9-3 record. The Jazz's home record now stands at 5-0.

Utah took a 42-34 advantage after the first quarter thanks to Clarkson's 15 points for the Jazz.

The Jazz shot 68.4 percent in the first quarter and finished the night at 56.4 percent.

The Lakers responded with six consecutive points, but Utah ended the quarter on a 7-2 run, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Rudy Gay for a remarkable 115 points after three quarters.

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