Utah Jazz: Lakers’ Nick Young scores 41
Published: April 14, 2014 11:47PM
Updated: April 15, 2014 08:50AM
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Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young (0) trees to get past Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0), in NBA action, The Utah Jazz vs. The Los Angeles Lakers, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, April 14, 2014

The Jazz season ends Wednesday at Minnesota, but Utah has struggled to stop opponents for the last month.

Exhibit A?

Nick Young and the Lakers.

Young scored 41 points on 14-for-23 shooting Monday night, leading Los Angeles to a 119-104 victory over the defense-less Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

Young scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers broke open a close game by making 12 of their 20 field-goal attempts.

“Nick is fun,” said Laker coach Mike D’Antoni. “He’s a good guy in a sense that he’s always laughing and smiling. He’s still got some improving to do on the defensive end ­— just his focus. But he can get his shot off against anybody and, when he gets on a roll, he’s uncanny about how he can score the ball.”

Since March 3, Jazz opponents have scored at least 101 points in 14 of 22 games. Utah is 3-19 since Milwaukee, which owns the worst record in the league, rolled to a 114-88 victory.

Individually, the list of individuals who have torched the Jazz include the Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova (31 points), Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten (31 points), Houston’s Terrence Jones (30 points), New Orleans’ Anthony Morrow (26 points) and — now ­— Young.

“Nick, tonight, made some great shots,” said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. “We made some mistakes rotating off of him ... [but] guys will make shots in this league.”

Young already had a big night going before he stepped into a three-pointer in the final second of the third quarter and lifted the Lakers into an 86-86 tie.

In the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter, Young scored nine points during an 11-0 run that put L.A. on cruise control.

“Give them credit,” Corbin said. “They shot the ball extremely well. We shot [52] percent but they shot 54 percent and they had transition baskets against us. You can’t afford to have that kind of effort and they made us pay for it.”

It’s been a recurring problem, especially lately.

In the Jazz’s previous four losses, Golden State scored 130 points, Dallas made 16 of 17 shots during a 39-point first quarter, Portland poured in 35 points in the fourth quarter and Denver scored 65 points in the second half.

“We know we can play defense as a team,” rookie point guard Trey Burke said. “I think specifically, Nick Young got them going tonight. They were getting easy little drop-back passes off the pick-and-roll [and] our rotations weren’t as good as they could have been. It kind of came back and bit us.”

Another torching

R The Jazz allow at least 101 points for the 14th time in the last 22 games during a 119-104 loss to L.A.

The Lakers’ Nick Young scores 17 of his season-high 41 points in the decisive fourth quarter.