LeBron James-Less Lakers Beat Donovan Mitchell, Jazz as Alex Caruso Scores 18

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on April 07, 2019 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. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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Even without many recognizable names on the roster, the Los Angeles Lakers still find ways to win games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope took over late in Sunday’s 113-109 win over the Utah Jazz, the second straight win over a playoff-bound opponent. The guard scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, plus an assist on the game-sealing basket by JaVale McGee:

Alex Caruso added 18 points and 11 assists at the Staples Center to help the Lakers improve to 37-44 with one game remaining.

The Jazz saw their seven-game win streak come to an end despite 19 points from Donovan Mitchell, but the 49-31 squad is still in good shape to nab the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.


Alex Caruso Should Have Future Spot in Lakers Rotation

If there is one positive to take away from the final few weeks of the Lakers season, it’s the play of Caruso.

With LeBron James and all of the notable young players unavailable, Caruso has taken on a bigger role and run with it. He showcased his skill set against one of the best defenses in the NBA on Sunday night, finishing with 18 points and 11 assists.

This comes after totaling 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Friday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Although it’s a joke that Caruso would be the team’s star or go-to option, he has