Lakers' reserves power win over Utah

Oct 22 2013 - 11:42pm


LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Farmar scored 13 of his 20 points during a 3:17 span of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers got double-digit scoring from three other reserves en route to a 108-94 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

The Lakers' starting frontcourt of Pau Gasol, Nick Young and Shawne Williams had nine points each. Los Angeles (3-4) closed with an 11-0 run that included nine free throws, after Utah's Alec Burks cut the margin to 97-94 on a tip-in with 4:52 remaining.

The Jazz (2-4) had six players in double figures. Former Laker Brian Cook had 18 points, while Gordon Hayward added 15 and Burks 14.

The Lakers, returning from a trip to China in which they lost two games to the Golden State Warriors, overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 51-45 at halftime with 14 points by reserve swingman Wesley Johnson.

The Jazz stay in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers tonight, then wrap up the 2013 preseason with a contest on Friday versus the Lakers at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Utah's season opener comes Oct. 30 when the Jazz host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena.

* WILLIAMS APPRECIATES SECURITY T-WOLVES PROVIDE: Derrick Williams says he appreciates the security the Minnesota Timberwolves provided when they exercised the option on his contract for next season.

The Timberwolves confirmed the decision on Tuesday. They had until the end of the month to either exercise the option for 2014-15 or decline it and allow Williams to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Coach Rick Adelman says he sees progress in Williams' game this preseason. Williams is the team's second-leading scorer in the exhibition season and could be in position to start at small forward while Chase Budinger recovers from another knee injury.

The Timberwolves drafted Williams No. 2 overall in 2011.

The Timberwolves have two more exhibition games left on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They open the regular season on Oct. 30.

* PIERCE, GARNETT SKIPPING PRESEASON GAME IN BOSTON: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will wait until the regular season to play in Boston.

The two former Celtics will skip the Brooklyn Nets' preseason game in Boston on Wednesday, as expected. Pierce had said since the pair was acquired over the summer that he didn't want his first game back in Boston to be an exhibition.

The first regular-season meeting between the teams in Boston is Jan. 26. Pierce did play against the Celtics last week in a preseason game at Barclays Center.

Both Pierce and Garnett, who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship, were listed on the Nets' game notes as "out - rest." Point guard Deron Williams also remains out with a sprained right ankle.


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