The Utah Jazz absolutely dominated and demolished the Los Angeles Lakers 123-75. The 48 point margin ties franchise highs for largest victory for the Jazz and worst ever loss for the Lakers. It was a record setting night for the Jazz who also finished with a franchise high 17 made three pointers, a season high in points, and Rodney Hood scored 30 in a half while making 8 three pointers -- which itself ties a Jazz franchise record with Jeff Hornacek. If you add all this to Kobe Bryant finishing the game with 5 points (which is what he got LAST time these two teams played) and Andrei Kirilenko 's "second quarter time-out moment", this was a very memorable night. BUT WAIT, THERE's MORE! It was also Jerry Sloan 's birthday, and Byron Scott's birthday. (Scott, few know, was born in Ogden, Utah.) Missing out on a 50 point victory and twice being a free throw away from free fast food keeps this from being the best ever regular season win. But it's up there, Jazz fans. And now the Jazz have won 7 straight games after Easter.
Oh, and the Jazz reached .500 for the first time in a looong time.
Huge day no matter what you want to celebrate -- you have so much to choose from, including this being Kobe's last ever game in Utah.
In the first quarter both teams weren't playing their best, and Jordan Clarkson broke the scoring drought with a broken play layup. Lakers up 2-0. That was probably the last time Lakers fans had something to cheer about. The Jazz would score the next 11 points and never look back. Shelvin Mack and Rodney Hood were nearly perfect in the first quarter -- with Hood netting 14 (mostly from deep). The Hood Massacre continued in the second where he dropped even more threes on his way to a 16 point quarter.
Kobe's look here pic.twitter.com/vj3BnkZ2i4— Kris (@5kl) March 29, 2016
At halftime it was Lakers 37 - Hood 30. He didn't even have to score the rest of the way as the Jazz obliterated LA. The second half was a classic, retro Kobe display of air balls and of their bigmen getting dunked on. (Roy Hibbert got it bad by Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert in quick succession.)
It was just this kinda night for LA, everyone was falling for Utah.
The final quarter was extended garbage time as both coaches emptied the bench, and it was purely arrhythmic (not academic), would the Jazz beat them by 50? They didn't. But it was a feel-good night where even the stuffy, argumentative Jazz twitter felt like it was 7 years ago.
Thank you to the Jazz for kicking the Lakers' collective butt, and making it a great night for AK-47 and family!
I do hope they end up retiring your jersey, few people bridged the eras like you did in your decade of ball in Utah, from John Stockton and Karl Malone to a return to the Western Conference Finals with Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Mehmet Okur, to playing with Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors when they were rookies.
Thank YOU Andrei for all you've done for this franchise!
The Jazz have tomorrow off, then host the lead leading Golden State Warriors in what could be a potential 1st round Playoff match-up.