Tied at 86 heading to the fourth quarter at Utah, L.A. opened the period on a 23-3 run, spurred by Nick Young’s hot shooting from the floor.
He scored nine of the first 11 Laker points of the quarter and 17 altogether in the final frame. The USC product finished with a season-high 41 points, and shot an efficient 14 of 23 on field goals and 6 of 11 on three-pointers.
“He can get his shot off against anybody,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “And when he gets on rolls, he’s uncanny about how he can score the basketball.”
In the last five games, Young is averaging 26.0 points on 50.6 percent field goals and 43.8 percent on three-pointers. He’s hit the 40-point mark on two separate occasions and hit at least six triples three times in April. Post All-Star break, the swingman has been sharp from beyond the arc, hitting at a 46.0 percent clip.