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In a challenging bout, D’Angelo Russell showcased his offensive prowess, scoring a season-high 39 points and adding eight assists for the Los Angeles Lakers (19-21), but it wasn’t sufficient as they fell to the Utah Jazz (21-20) with a final score of 132-123.

Contributing to the Lakers’ efforts, Austin Reaves managed 19 points before fouling out, and Rui Hachimura added 17 to the scoreboard.

Despite Anthony Davis recording a triple-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists, the absence of LeBron James due to a left ankle injury was strongly felt.

This defeat marks the Lakers’ 12th loss in the last 17 games, highlighting their ongoing struggles and inability to find consistent success on the court.

James Worthy, a Lakers legend with three NBA championships to his name, addressed the team’s challenging stretch during a conversation on Spectrum SportsNet.

“This is what they’re going through, Geeter,” he said. “It’s a struggle. You hope that they could get some wins, be a little healthier. But it’s just not clicking right now.”