At his locker before the game, Gordon Hayward reflected back for a moment on the first 50 games of a season he called a "roller coaster of emotions."

"Obviously with the amount of losses it’s been a little more difficult to swallow some of the games. There definitely have been some tough learning experiences," the fourth-year swingman said. "There have also been some games where you’re, like, ‘Damn. We can be pretty good.’ "

The Jazz showed flashes of both Tuesday.

But in a battle of two of the West’s worst, the Jazz emerged victorious, beating the Lakers 96-79 behind a 24-point performance by backup shooting guard Alec Burks.

In the first quarter, the Jazz built up a quick 7-0 lead and then sat back, seemingly content to let the Lakers run wild. Utah went scoreless over a stretch of nearly six minutes while the Lakers scored 19 straight points.

Hayward air balled an open jumper. The rest of the Jazz starters struggled to hit, too. Utah’s 16 first quarter points were the second fewest by an opponent all season, worse only than a previous Jazz effort.