Utah 102, L.A. Lakers 94
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (Ticker) --
Jerry Sloan was glad he had some fresh
players ready to contribute during crunch time.
came off the bench to score 14 of his 16 points in the
fourth quarter as the Jazz ended a seven-game road losing
streak with a 102-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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In beating the Lakers for the second time in as many meetings
this season, the bench scored 28 of the Utah's 34 points in the
"It is unusual," Sloan said. "But our bench played better
because they moved the ball better. And they attacked the zone
a little better. The other guys had gotten a little hesitant to
do what they had to do."
Trailing 78-74 with 8:21 remaining, Bell and Howard Eisley
a pair of buckets during a 12-2 run that gave the Jazz the lead
for good, 86-80.
"Some nights it is your turn," Bell said. "And sometimes it is
not. You just try to make the most of it. I never second guess
the coach and my job is to be ready and go out there and do my
job when it's that time."
Los Angeles cut the margin to 90-88 with 1:53 left after
hit a pair of free throws before Raul Lopez
straightaway 3-pointer to give the Jazz a five-point lead.
The Lakers made a final push in the last minute when Lamar Odom
sank a pair of foul shots, making the score 95-92. But Lopez
found Bell in the left corner for a 3-pointer with 33 seconds
left to ice the win.
"He (Bell) was concentrating on doing the right thing," Sloan
said. "He was on a roll and he got the shots he can make. He
was really red-hot tonight and when he got the ball he didn't
mess around with it."
"We played with confidence tonight," Bell said. "We believed
what we were going to do would work. We had our minds made up
to attack their zone and things opened up for us when we did
scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer
added 18 to
lead five Utah players in double figures. Mehmet Okur
the bench to score 11 and grab 12 rebounds.
"We worked some things out in practice," Harpring said. "We
shot the ball when we were open and if we missed them we didn't
hang our heads. We just got back on defense and defended and
came back down the floor with confidence."
Playing without leading scorer Kobe Bryant
for the second
straight game, the Lakers failed for the eighth time to register
their first three-game winning streak of the season.
scored 26 points and Atkins added 18 for Los
Atkins was looking for revenge since the Lakers lost their last
outing against the Jazz in November, when Utah held the Lakers
to a franchise low 29 percent (20-of-68) from the floor and just
"With the way this team beat us in Utah, we really wanted to
come back and try to return the favor," Atkins said. "But for
us to come out with no energy was really disappointing to me."