Jazz rout Lakers 119 86 despite Kobe’s 27 points; Nash and Lin sit out with injuries

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ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Gordon Hayward scored 16 points to lead a balanced offence and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-86 in a preseason game Thursday night.

Kobe Bryant had 27 points on 10 for 23 in 28 minutes for the Lakers (1-3). Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and Jordan Hill finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Los Angeles played without 40-year-old Steve Nash after he hurt his back carrying bags on Wednesday at his Manhattan Beach home. Ronnie Price filled took his place and had eight points in 27 minutes. Jeremy Lin (sprained left ankle) also sat out.

The Jazz outscored the Lakers by six points while Bryant was on the court.

Utah led 56-35 at halftime and the Lakers got no closer than 17 the rest of the way. Jack Cooley’s layup extended the Jazz’s lead to 101-71 with 7:22 remaining.

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