Tuesday , Mar , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – March 9

=== Utah Jazz Team Report – March 9 ===

(Sports Network) – Gordan Giricek finished with 21 points off the bench to
lead Utah to an 88-83 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at the Delta

Raul Lopez contributed 17 points for the Jazz, who won for the fifth time in
six games and snapped a five-game losing streak at home to the Lakers. Andrei
Kirilenko added 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in the victory.

Los Angeles forward Karl Malone, currently on the injured list, returned to
Utah for the first time since leaving the Jazz, but was forced to remain on
the bench due to a knee injury. He signed as a free agent with the Lakers this
past summer.

Raja Bell posted 13 points for the Jazz, who scored 11 straight points to
overcome a four-point deficit down the stretch.

Shaquille O’Neal’s dunk, with just under four minutes to go, staked Los
Angeles to a 72-68 edge. But the center was called for a technical foul and
was ejected when his elbow came down on a Utah player.

The Jazz then took advantage of the loss. Giricek’s jumper put the team ahead
for good with 2:48 to play. On their next possession, Kirilenko hit a fadeaway
jumper with the shot clock winding down.

Two foul shots by Giricek with 58 second to go capped the flurry and put Utah
ahead 79-72.

The Lakers got no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Utah, which won for just the third time in its last eight at home, will return
to action on Wednesday when it hosts the Golden State Warriors in the finale
of a two-game homestand.