Trans. Apr 14 9:26 ET (Apr 14 9:26 ET ) Nick Young gave the Lakers a reason to smile near the end of this gloomy season. Young scored a season-high 41 points and helped Los Angeles snap a seven-game losing streak with a 119-104 victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday night. ''He can get his shot off of anybody and when he gets on rolls, he uncanny in how he can score.'' Jodie Meeks had 23 points and Jordan Hill added 21 for Lakers, who had only eight healthy players. Enes Kanter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Trey Burke chipped in 17 for the Jazz, who have lost 10 of 11 games.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Backup small forward Nick Young scored a season-high 41 points and sparked a massive turnaround as the Los Angeles Lakers pounded the Utah Jazz 119-104 Monday at EnergySolutions Arena. Young, whose career-high is 43 points, scored 17 in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles stormed to a commanding 20-point lead after trailing by 13 in the first half. The Lakers outscored Utah 33-18 in the final period after the teams were tied following three quarters of action. Guard Jodie Meeks added 23 points, center Jordan Hill contributed 21 points and six rebounds, and point guard Kendall Marshall dished out 15 assists as the Lakers snapped a seven-game losing streak.
The Scoop:"When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career," Meeks said. Meeks has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise horrendous season for the Lakers, as he's averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 steals, and 2.1 three-pointers, all career highs. While these averages are impressive, it should be noted that the Lakers have played severely undermanned for much of the season, giving Jodie an opportunity to be a first or second option on offense (an opportunity that would not be there with a healthy Kobe). It's unclear exactly who will be brought back next season, but Jodie has certainly made his case as a guy who can be a more than effective role player.
LOS ANGELES -- One night after his Kentucky Wildcats lost the national championship, Terrence Jones took out some frustrations on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Houston forward and former Wildcats star and guard James Harden scored 33 points apiece, leading the Rockets to a 145-130 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The performances of Jones and Harden almost overshadowed Lakers point guard Steve Nash climbing to No. 3 on the career assists list. Nash passed Mark Jackson for third in all-time assists, connecting with guard Jodie Meeks on a dunk with 2:13 left in the second quarter.