Rollin' In The Rye

Gordon Hayward posterizes Julius Randle with a two-handed slam

Gordon Hayward took flight against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, showing off his athleticism in the late stages of the game.

After using a Rudy Gobert screen, Hayward would hesitate and examine the paint – looking to see if anyone would block him from getting to his spot. Once he found an opening, he’d quickly accelerate and collide with Julius Randle in mid-air, before dunking all over him to give his team a 92-91 lead with 4:00 left in the final frame.

This game would end up going down to the wire, with the Jazz eventually pulling away and ending their 3-game losing streak with a 102-100 victory; thanks to a go-ahead 3-pointer from Joe Ingles with 21.4 seconds remaining in the game.

Hayward had one of his better games this season against the Lakers, finishing with a game-high 31 points on 10-17 FG, to go along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block in 34 minutes of work. He’s been a lead-by-example type of player for the Jazz this season, contributing and producing at a high level for his team when it truly matters. He’s having the best season of his 6-year NBA career, averaging a career-high 22.4 points on 44.8% FG, to go along with a career-high 6.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

The 26-year-old will have a chance to help the Jazz improve on their 19-13 record on Thursday night, when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at home with tipoff scheduled at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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