Utah Jazz had the chance to walk away with the win vs the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, taking a nine-point lead during the fourth quarter. However, they let the Lakers get back in the game and add to their winning record.
“We had a stretch there where we made the game a lot tougher than it needed to be,” Mike Conley said postgame. The Jazz were playing the second game of a pair of back-to-back games against a well-rested Lakers’ team.
Conley was a bright spot for the out-of-form Utah in the 95-101 loss, putting up a team-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also dished four assists for the Jazz, who fell to 29-15 after their defeat in LA.
During the fourth quarter, the Jazz scored just 12 points in the last nine minutes of the contest, as Donovan Mitchell and co. settled for threes and tough shots not getting into the paint against the small-ball Lakers.
“I thought we took too many really tough shots. … We made it harder on ourselves than it needed to be,” Snyder said postgame.
“We’ve been good offensively, and there’s a reason we’ve been good. … This is one where we’ll see the film and see where we can be better.”
On Wednesday, the Jazz return home to face the Houston Rockets, hoping to return to their winning ways after a tough stretch of games.