Return of Jazz regulars spells trouble for L.A.

The Utah Jazz were at something resembling full strength on Monday night and with their regular players in the lineup, they were able to dominate the Los Angeles Lakers and avenge their overtime loss from the weekend, 111-97.

Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Derrick Favors all returned to action on Monday night after missing Saturday afternoon’s overtime win by the Lakers. Conley (14 points, 10 assists) and Gobert (14 points, 10 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles in their return to action. Former Laker Jordan Clarkson, who started in the previous outing on Saturday, led the way for the Jazz with 22 points off the bench.

As for the Lakers, second-year guard Talen Horton-Tucker was the high scorer as he finished with 24 points off the Laker bench. However, the rest of the Lakers were held in check by the Jazz as no other Laker cracked the 20-point threshold on Monday night.

The Lakers lost on Monday night despite shooting over 40% from the 3-point line.

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The Lakers announced last week that Anthony Davis had been cleared to practice. On Monday, after it was determined Davis would not play against the Jazz, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on SportsCenter that the Lakers are hopeful for a return from Davis this week. The Lakers start a 4-game road trip this week in Dallas, where they will begin with a two-game set against the current 7th seed in the West. While the Mavericks are good, they’re not a physically imposing team, which may make it the right choice for Davis’ return to action.