The Utah Jazz are one of four teams to finish with the best record in the Western Conference and the NBA’s top record at 37-2.
Utah finished a perfect 10 games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot and is in second place in the Pacific Division.
It’s the first time since 2010 that the Jazz have finished with the No. 1 seed.
The Jazz, who had a chance to make it four straight games in the postseason after winning the last two, were without point guard Derrick Favors, who missed a fourth straight game with a bruised left knee.
Favors missed the last four games with a sprained left ankle.
The Jazz also lost guard Jordan Hill, who averaged 19.4 points and 8.5 rebounds in his previous three games.
The Lakers, who beat the Jazz by an average of 20.7 points, are on pace to finish in the top five in the NBA with a 37-7 record.
They have a record of 16-12 in the second half of games and are fifth in the conference at 16-13.
Los Angeles will host the Lakers for a sixth straight game.
The Lakers were outscored 59-40 in the third quarter and 39-35 in the fourth.
They finished with 10 turnovers.
“This team has a lot of energy and can be dangerous at times,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
“I thought our guys played well.
We did a good job of being in transition and having some good defense.
We didn’t give up too many easy baskets.”
The Jazz finished a 13-3 season with Favors sidelined with a strained left ankle and are playing with two of the best players in the game.
Favors missed seven games with an ankle injury.
He was averaging 23.3 points on 49.7 percent shooting in his last seven games.
Utah is averaging 111.0 points in the first half of its games this season, which ranks sixth in the league.
The top five teams in the West are the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-5), San Antonio Spurs (25-5) and Golden State Warriors (26-4).
The top five are tied for fifth with Dallas.