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Lakers open looking stronger than Jazz

West lines: Lakers not at best, but still good enough to take opening win over Utah

Originally Published: April 19, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The moment that symbolized the utter futility of what the Utah Jazz are trying to do against the Los Angeles Lakers came in the final minute of the game, when Utah's Matt Harpring, hustling until the very end, crashed into the pricy courtside seats at Staples Center in pursuit of a loose ball. Only there was no one in the chairs. The entire row of Hollywood and music-biz types had already cleared out, with the Lakers' eventual 113-100 victory already secured.

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