Lakers end preseason with 111-106 win over Jazz

Steve Blake scored 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter, Pau

Gasol and Nick Young each had 16, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat

the Utah Jazz 111-106 Friday night in the preseason finale for both

teams.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 18 points and seven rebounds, and

Alec Burks had 18 off the bench. Rudy Gobert got 12 of his 16

points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz keep it close.

A moment of silence was observed at Honda Center for Hall of

Famer Bill Sharman, who coached the Lakers to their first NBA

championship in Los Angeles in 1971-72 – when they won a

franchise-record 69 games and a league-record 33 in a row.

Sharman died Friday at age 87 after suffering a stroke last

Saturday. He had been a special consultant with the organization

for the previous 23 seasons.

Trailing by 15 points after three, the Jazz got as close as

100-96 on Lester Hudson’s 3-pointer with 5:41 remaining.

Hayward led Utah to a 53-51 halftime lead with 16 points, eight

of them at the end of a 19-2 run that turned an 11-point deficit

into a 48-42 advantage with 2:27 left in the second quarter.

But the Lakers opened the third with a 20-6 run that put them

ahead 71-59, and they increased the margin to 88-73 on Blake’s

3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left in the quarter.

The Lakers finished the preseason 4-4. It was their first

training camp under coach Mike D’Antoni, who was hired five games

into last season after the team started out 1-4 under Mike

Brown.

The Lakers open the regular season Tuesday night against the

Clippers, who won all four meetings last season.

Utah will host Oklahoma City in its opener on Wednesday night

after finishing its exhibition schedule a league-worst 1-7.

”I’m looking forward to it,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. ”We’ve

made some great strides in the exhibition season. We’re starting

over in some ways, so performance and consistency is going to be a

key for us, along with how we’re going to perform in certain

situations.

”It’s going to be different and there’s going to be a lot of

adjustments, so we have to make sure we stay on top of it and keep

ourselves growing as much as we can.”