By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Lakers had a fifty-fifty back to back series against Utah. In the first game they looked like a playoff team rolled to a 127-115 overtime win at Staples. 

It was Andre Drummond’s best game since joining the team. He had a game high 27 points, eight boards, three assist, and two steals. He rolled up and down the court in high energy fashion. 

All five Laker starters scored in double figures as they came together for a season high 100 points as a group. They improve to 5-3 when three Lakers score 20 points or more. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 25 points and five rebounds. 

Markieff Morris finished with ten boards and a season high 12 rebounds. 

As a team the Lakers shot 51.6 percent from the field improving their record to 15-3 when they make at least half of their shot attempts. 

Dennis Schroder was in overdrive dropping 25 while adding eight assists. He played aggressive defense and shut-off many drives to the basket. 

Lebron and Anthony Davis are still out but Davis is expected to return soon. They are 7-9 without James and 17-19 without Davis. They are 5-5 in the last 10 games.  

The team fell to the Jazz 111-97 two days later. Talen Horton-Tucker score a career-high 24 points during a loss on Monday night at Staples Center left them impressed again by the second-year player. 

“He’s growing every day,” Caldwell-Pope said. “The kid can score the ball. He’s showing like a little bit like he can defend. I still got to get him, get his motor up on his defensive end, stay with the game plan. But he’s been learning and applying it to games every day. When we have practice, just talking to the veteran guys. He’s like a sponge and he’s really applying it to his game and we love him. Last year we threw him in the fire and he showed what he can do and he’s continued to grow since then.”  

Caldwell-Pope and Schroder added 15 each while Kyle Kuzma added 17 and three assists in 29 minutes.