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LeBron James drops 32 points, Lakers pick up win against Jazz (VIDEO)

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on October 25, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES — Calling the first half of Friday night’s game between the Lakers and Jazz ugly would be generous. It was so sloppy that at one point in the second quarter the Lakers were shooting just 31 percent from the floor — and they were in the lead.

In the second half, LeBron James changed that.

He started to assert his will on the game, was more aggressive, got to the rim, and shot 8-of-13 in the half. The Lakers started Anthony Davis at center in the second half (to help pull Rudy Gobert out of the paint) and AD and LeBron formed a pick-and-roll combo the Jazz had fwq answers for. It all worked, the Lakers pulled away for a 95-86 win.

LeBron finished with 32 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds.

Davis finished with 21 points and showed some real chemistry with LeBron.

It’s a win against a quality opponent in their home opener, something the Lakers could use after opening night.