L.A. Lakers 93, Utah 86
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 24 (Ticker) -- Gary Payton
frequently was sloppy
with the ball, but he came up big when the Los Angeles Lakers
needed it most.
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Payton, who had committed seven turnovers, nailed a clutch
3-pointer with 13 seconds left to help the Lakers hold on for a
93-86 triumph over the Utah Jazz and snap a nine-game road
matched a career high with 26 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds and Payton scored 22 points for the Lakers,
who had not won on the road since December 4.
"It was good for us to get a road win," Payton said. "Now we
gotta go home and get some more. We can't lose at home."
The Lakers host Seattle on Wednesday and Minnesota on Friday
before embarking on a season-high seven-game road trip.
, who had missed six games with a sprained right
shoulder, added 21 points to help the Lakers beat the Jazz for a
fifth straight time.
"It bothered me (on) some shots, some fouls," Bryant said. "It
feels dead right now. I will get some treatment tomorrow, we
will heal it back up. I expected it to feel that way after the
Los Angeles held an 86-75 lead after Payton made a running
jumper with 3:52 remaining before Utah pulled within 87-84 when
made a pair of free throws with 1:01 left.
Payton missed a jumper with 35 seconds remaining, but the Jazz
mistimed the rebound and Medvedenko grabbed the loose ball. The
ball was worked to Payton, who seemed to surprise Arroyo with a
shot from the top of the arc. The shot dropped through and
essentially ended the contest.
"We like the matchup with Gary, even though they were able to
get him to turn the ball over," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
"He did have a stellar game for us and made some key plays."
scored 17 points and Arroyo added 16 for the
Jazz, whose season-high losing streak reached five games. Utah
is 0-4 since losing do-everything forward Andrei Kirilenko
ankle sprain and is without forward Matt Harpring
for the rest of the season.
"I still believe that you have to come prepared to play hard and
play with intelligence regardless (of) who is on the floor,"
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.
"We are (frustrated)," said Utah center Greg Ostertag
, who had
10 points and eight rebounds. "I don't anybody on the team is
worried about injuries - you know, we got them, there ain't
nothing you can do about them."
The Lakers converted 20 Jazz turnovers into 29 points, while
Utah managed 15 off 12 Los Angeles giveaways.
Los Angeles forward Karl Malone
, who spent the first 18 years of
his Hall of Fame career with the Jazz before signing with the
Lakers in the offseason, did not make his first trip to the
Delta Center as a visitor because he is on the injured list for
the first time in his career (sprained knee). The Lakers will
not visit Utah again until March 8.