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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA LAKERS        24   31   33   19    107  
      UTAH             27   28   27   33    115     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 43, CHUCKY ATKINS 17, 
                      JUMAINE JONES 17
                UTH - MEHMET OKUR 27, MATT HARPRING 23, GORDAN
                      GIRICEK 22

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - BRIAN GRANT 8, CARON BUTLER 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                UTH - MEHMET OKUR 16, MATT HARPRING 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - CARON BUTLER 5, KOBE BRYANT 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                UTH - KEITH MCLEOD 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

         ATT:   18,746

Box Score

LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 38 4-11 4-4 1-4 5 5 12 S Medvedenko 16 2-6 1-2 1-2 2 3 5 C Mihm 16 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 6 2 C Atkins 38 5-10 7-8 0-2 3 1 17 K Bryant 44 16-26 2-6 1-3 4 2 43 J Jones 29 6-11 1-1 1-3 0 2 17 B Grant 32 2-2 2-4 3-8 3 5 6 L Walton 10 0-1 1-2 0-0 2 2 1 B Cook 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Brown 10 2-4 0-0 1-2 3 0 4 L Odom DNP - STRAINED LEFT SHOULDER S Vujacic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 18-27 11-27 22 27 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 13-25, .520 (C Butler 0-1, C Atkins 0-1, K Bryant 9-15, J Jones 4-6, L Walton 0-1, B Cook 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (C Mihm, B Cook). Turnovers:12 (K Bryant 3, C Atkins 3, B Grant, J Jones, S Medvedenko, B Cook, C Butler, L Walton). Steals: 12 (L Walton 3, B Grant 2, K Bryant 2, B Cook 2, C Butler 2, T Brown). UTAH (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 37 10-12 3-3 3-8 5 4 23 M Okur 39 7-8 11-12 2-16 5 1 27 B Handlogten 12 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 6 4 K McLeod 29 3-7 3-4 2-2 6 1 9 G Giricek 35 9-21 2-2 0-2 2 5 22 A Kirilenko 41 6-8 5-6 1-1 5 3 18 K Snyder 13 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 C Borchardt 12 0-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 H Eisley 19 3-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 8 K Humphries 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 R Livingston DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Bell DNP - BRUISED LEFT LEG _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-71 24-27 12-36 27 23 115 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.592, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (M Okur 2-2, K McLeod 0-2, G Giricek 2-6, A Kirilenko 1-1, K Snyder 0-2, H Eisley 2-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (A Kirilenko 5). Turnovers:16 (M Harpring 5, M Okur 3, H Eisley 2, A Kirilenko 2, C Borchardt, K Snyder, G Giricek, K Humphries). Steals: 7 (A Kirilenko 4, G Giricek 2, K McLeod). -------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 24 31 33 19 - 107 UTAH 27 28 27 33 - 115 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Lakers - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:46 2nd). Utah - 1 (COACH Sloan, 10:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,746. T: 2:13. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Monty McCutchen, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (107) AT UTAH (115) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 38 4-11 4-4 1 3 4 5 5 2 1 12 S MEDVEDENKO F 16 2-6 1-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 5 C MIHM C 16 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 6 0 0 2 C ATKINS G 38 5-10 7-8 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 17 K BRYANT G 44 16-26 2-6 1 2 3 4 2 2 3 43 J JONES 29 6-11 1-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 17 B GRANT 32 2-2 2-4 3 5 8 3 5 2 1 6 L WALTON 10 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 3 1 1 B COOK 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 T BROWN 10 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 4 L ODOM DNP - STRAINED LEFT SHOULDER S VUJACIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-76 18-27 11 16 27 22 27 12 12 107 (.500) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (21 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 37 10-12 3-3 3 5 8 5 4 0 5 23 M OKUR F 39 7-8 11-12 2 14 16 5 1 0 3 27 B HANDLOGTEN C 12 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 4 K MCLEOD G 29 3-7 3-4 2 0 2 6 1 1 0 9 G GIRICEK G 35 9-21 2-2 0 2 2 2 5 2 1 22 A KIRILENKO 41 6-8 5-6 1 0 1 5 3 4 2 18 K SNYDER 13 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 C BORCHARDT 12 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 H EISLEY 19 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 2 8 K HUMPHRIES 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 R LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BELL DNP - BRUISED LEFT LEG TOTALS 240 42-71 24-27 12 24 36 27 23 7 16 115 (.592) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS) LA LAKERS 24 31 33 19 - 107 UTAH 27 28 27 33 - 115 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - C MIHM, B COOK. UTAH - A KIRILENKO 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 13-25 (.520), C BUTLER 0-1, C ATKINS 0- 1, K BRYANT 9-15, J JONES 4-6, L WALTON 0-1, B COOK 0-1. UTAH 7-15 (. 467), M OKUR 2-2, K MCLEOD 0-2, G GIRICEK 2-6, A KIRILENKO 1-1, K SNYDER 0- 2, H EISLEY 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE. UTAH - COACH SLOAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,746. T - 2:13.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) - One losing streak had to end when the Los Angeles Lakers met the Utah Jazz. Despite Kobe Bryant's 43-point effort, it was not the Lakers'. Mehmet Okur tied a career-high with 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Jazz rallied to snap a nine-game slide with a 115-107 victory over the Lakers, who fell further out of the playoff race with their sixth loss in a row. Bryant was dominant for the bulk of the game scoring 39 points through the first three quarters and making nine of his first 11 3-pointers. "Nights like this just kind of come," Bryant said. "I was really, really tired, exhausted before the game. I actually didn't wake up until about 45 minutes before the game. So, nights like this just happen sometimes." He went cold in the fourth, however, and was part of another poor defensive effort by the Lakers, who allowed the Jazz to produce their highest point total since February 14 and top the 100-point mark for the first time since February 25. It was the fifth game in a row the Lakers have allowed at least 100 points. "We couldn't contain anybody, we put our picks in jeopardy all night long. It's terrible," Lakers interim coach Frank Hamblen said. "(It was) 115 points we gave up. We give up 100-plus almost every night now. You can't give up 100-plus points every night defensively and expect to make the playoffs." Los Angeles took an 88-82 lead into the fourth but saw it all fall apart in the final period. Behind 10 points from Matt Harpring and eight from Okur, Utah shot 73 percent (11-of-15) in the quarter and held the Lakers to just one basket over the final 7:26. "We played great basketball," Jazz guard Gordan Giricek said. "We shot the ball well, and at the most important times, guys made big shots." After the Lakers took a 100-98 lead on two free throws by Chucky Atkins with just over five minutes to play, Giricek hit a leaner to tie the game, igniting a 17-5 Jazz run. Keith McLeod's jumper on Utah's next possession gave the club the lead for good, 102-100. Following a free throw by Los Angeles forward Brian Grant, Harpring converted a three-point play to make it 105-101 with 3:09 to go. The Lakers never got any closer and had no answer for the Jazz, seeing their deficit grow to as many as 10 points in the closing moments. "Something happens every night with this group," Hamblen said. "They have to make a decision. Do you they want to pack it in, or do they want to still try and compete for a playoff spot? They've got to come with a sense of urgency about winning the game, showing everybody in the arena they want to win the game, including the officials." Los Angeles was picked apart defensively in the fourth by one of the lower-scoring teams in the Western Conference, showing none of the urgency Hamblen is searching for. "The frustrating part is our defense," Bryant said. "We're doing a terrible job of team defense. We gave up layups in the fourth quarter at a critical juncture, instead of making them work for it. They got layups, and when they didn't get layups, they got to the free-throw line." Harpring scored 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and Giricek chipped in a season-high 22 as Utah finally got coach Jerry Sloan his 938th career win, tying Hall of Famer Red Auerbach for sixth on the all-time list. "The taste of winning is a lot better than the taste of losing," Sloan said. "I never have acquired a taste for losing. It's nice to be able to win again. We had a lot of guys who played very well and that made a big difference in giving us a chance to win this ballgame." Bryant, who averaged 40.3 points in three games vs. the Jazz this season, was just 2-of-9 in the fourth quarter after shooting 14-of-17 through the first three. After hitting nine three-pointers through the first three quarters, it looked as if Bryant would have a shot at the all-time record for most three-pointers (12) in a single game, a mark he shares with Toronto's Donyell Marshall. However, he missed all four of his three-point attempts in the fourth. "(The Jazz) made minor adjustments," Bryant said. "Being that we're installing this offense in the middle of the season, we don't have the necessary experience to get deeper into the offense." Bryant insisted after the game that he was not interested in the record, or even aware of what it was. The Lakers' losing streak is their worst since the 1993-94 season, and has the club 4 1/2 games behind the Denver Nuggets in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.


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