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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      UTAH             20   28   26   21    95   
      LA LAKERS        18   26   27   31    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - MEHMET OKUR 20, MATT HARPRING 18, RAJA 
                      BELL 16
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 40, CHUCKY ATKINS 24, CARON 
                      BUTLER 23

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - MEHMET OKUR 8, MATT HARPRING 6, RAJA 
                      BELL 6
                LAL - STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 9, CARON BUTLER 8, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 9, CURTIS BORCHARDT 3, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 8, CHUCKY ATKINS 7, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   18,480

Box Score

UTAH (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 38 7-16 4-4 1-6 2 2 18 J Collins 31 1-4 2-2 0-3 2 5 4 K Humphries 14 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 R Bell 27 5-12 6-7 2-6 2 5 16 R Lopez 12 1-1 4-4 0-1 1 1 7 M Okur 34 9-15 2-2 3-8 2 1 20 C Borchardt 18 1-3 0-0 1-2 3 3 2 G Giricek 21 4-9 1-2 0-5 1 5 9 K Snyder 12 1-5 2-2 1-3 1 1 5 H Eisley 33 5-11 3-3 1-2 9 5 14 A Kirilenko DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE C Boozer DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 24-26 10-37 23 28 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (R Bell 0-1, R Lopez 1-1, M Okur 0-1, K Snyder 1-1, H Eisley 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (M Okur 2). Turnovers:11 (H Eisley 3, R Bell 3, M Harpring, G Giricek, R Lopez, M Okur, J Collins). Steals: 4 (H Eisley 2, R Bell, M Okur). LA LAKERS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Medvedenko 34 2-9 3-4 3-9 1 2 7 C Butler 38 9-13 4-4 3-8 1 1 23 C Mihm 30 1-3 4-6 1-4 1 4 6 K Bryant 42 12-19 15-19 1-5 8 4 40 C Atkins 42 8-18 3-4 1-5 7 4 24 B Grant 12 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 6 0 B Cook 14 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 J Jones 12 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 L Walton 9 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 T Brown 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 S Vujacic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Odom DNP - VIRUS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 29-37 11-40 20 27 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (C Butler 1-3, K Bryant 1-3, C Atkins 5-13, B Cook 0-2, J Jones 0-2, L Walton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (C Mihm 2, C Butler 2, B Grant, B Cook). Turnovers:10 (K Bryant 5, B Grant 2, C Mihm, S Medvedenko, B Cook). Steals: 8 (K Bryant 3, S Medvedenko 3, C Atkins, T Brown). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 20 28 26 21 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 26 27 31 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (R Bell, 9:03 3rd). La Lakers - 2 (B Grant, 8:28 3rd; K Bryant, 9:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,480. T: 2:20. Officials: Jack Nies, Mark Ayotte, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

UTAH (95) AT LA LAKERS (102) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 38 7-16 4-4 1 5 6 2 2 0 1 18 J COLLINS F 31 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 1 4 K HUMPHRIES C 14 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 R BELL G 27 5-12 6-7 2 4 6 2 5 1 3 16 R LOPEZ G 12 1-1 4-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 M OKUR 34 9-15 2-2 3 5 8 2 1 1 1 20 C BORCHARDT 18 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 0 0 2 G GIRICEK 21 4-9 1-2 0 5 5 1 5 0 1 9 K SNYDER 12 1-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 5 H EISLEY 33 5-11 3-3 1 1 2 9 5 2 3 14 A KIRILENKO DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE C BOOZER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 34-79 24-26 10 27 37 23 28 4 11 95 (.430) (.923) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MEDVEDENKO F 34 2-9 3-4 3 6 9 1 2 3 1 7 C BUTLER F 38 9-13 4-4 3 5 8 1 1 0 0 23 C MIHM C 30 1-3 4-6 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 6 K BRYANT G 42 12-19 15-19 1 4 5 8 4 3 5 40 C ATKINS G 42 8-18 3-4 1 4 5 7 4 1 0 24 B GRANT 12 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 6 0 2 0 B COOK 14 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 J JONES 12 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 L WALTON 9 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 T BROWN 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 S VUJACIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L ODOM DNP - VIRUS TOTALS 240 33-73 29-37 11 29 40 20 27 8 10 102 (.452) (.784) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10 (0 PTS) UTAH 20 28 26 21 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 26 27 31 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - M OKUR 2. LA LAKERS - C MIHM 2, C BUTLER 2, B GRANT, B COOK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-6 (.500), R BELL 0-1, R LOPEZ 1-1, M OKUR 0- 1, K SNYDER 1-1, H EISLEY 1-2. LA LAKERS 7-25 (.280), C BUTLER 1-3, K BRYANT 1-3, C ATKINS 5-13, B COOK 0-2, J JONES 0-2, L WALTON 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - R BELL. LA LAKERS - B GRANT, K BRYANT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MARK AYOTTE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,480. T - 2:20.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Now that Kobe Bryant is back, the Los Angeles Lakers have hope. In his second game back from a sprained ankle and his first home game since suffering the injury January 13, Bryant scored 40 points and had eight assists to lead the Lakers to a 102-95 victory over the Utah Jazz. Bryant missed 14 games with the injury but returned for the finale of Los Angeles' 1-4 road trip, scoring 26 points in Sunday's 103-89 loss at Cleveland. "Yeah, I was gone for awhile," Bryant said. "So I needed a game under my belt to get my legs back and get my rhythm back. It's back." The All-Star guard teamed with Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to erase a big second-half deficit against the Jazz. "It was a big win for us," Bryant said. "We've been working on a lot of things in practice and playing a team like Utah is a good test for us to see if we can execute it. We did a good job tonight." Bryant scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the Lakers' first eight of a 27-12 run to close the game. His follow shot with three minutes left gave Los Angeles an 89-88 lead, its first since late in the first quarter. Butler scored 23 points, including nine during a 22-10 surge late in the third. That push cut into the Jazz's 62-49 lead, their largest, and set up the fourth-quarter charge. Atkins added 24 points and hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left to put Los Angeles ahead for good, 96-95. The Lakers were without Lamar Odom, who sat with the flu. "I have to be a little bit more aggressive, a little more assertive on offense and choosing my spots," Butler said of playing without Odom. "Everybody was stepping up, it was a collective effort." But it was Bryant the took control when Los Angeles needed it most. The Lakers failed to make a shot for the first 6:40 of the fourth quarter until Bryant's three-point play cut the deficit to 83-80. Los Angeles hit all six of its free throws in the final minute to enter the All-Star break on a winning note after going 6-8 without Bryant. "I think we did a good job (in the first half of the season) considering all of the things we have been through," Bryant said. "We are finding ourselves with a lot of room to improve and we know exactly what areas to improve on and how to improve upon them so it's going to be an exciting second half." Utah was in control until late despite playing without forwards Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko, who both sprained their right ankles in a loss at Phoenix on Monday. Without their top two starters, the Jazz reserves outscored the Lakers' bench, 50-2. Mehmet Okur led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench. "I was thinking that this had to be some kind of record," Bryant said of the benches' scoring disparity. "But the only thing that matters is we won." Utah coach Jerry Sloan expressed frustration on how easy it was for Bryant to get to the line. He made 15-of-19 free throws, including a pair in the final minute to help seal it. "Obviously they are going to get to the free-throw line," Sloan said. "Or at least it always appears that way. If they (referees) won't let you touch him. The guy doesn't have to have it in his possession and the guy throws it up in the air and goes to the free-throw line."


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