"Greg had a lot of pride,'' Malone said. "He's been trying lately to do everything everybody has been asking of him.''
The Jazz pulled away in the third quarter after Malone and the Lakers' Stanislav Medvedenko drew a double technical foul when they got tangled up outside the lane. They stood face-to-face for a few moments before Malone started laughing and patted the side of Medvedenko's face before walking away.
"It was funny to us. That's why we were laughing,'' Malone said.
It also seemed to fire up the 39-year-old Mailman, who made his next two shots as part of an 8-2 run that put the Jazz up 57-44. The Lakers responded with a 6-0 run, then in the fourth got within four points twice.
After O'Neal put back a rebound to cut Utah's lead to 75-71,
Harpring and Kirilenko each hit short jumpers to open a 10-3 run,
which Malone capped with a 3-pointer with 2:59 left.
The crowd of 19,657, the Delta Center's largest of the season,
was roaring and the Lakers had to call a timeout.
The chant of "Beat L.A.'' echoed with about 2 minutes left and
the Jazz on the verge of the win.
Ostertag came down on the opening tipoff and twisted his
ankle. He hobbled down to the left side of the lane and gave the
Jazz a 2-0 lead with a turnaround jumper over O'Neal. ... Laker
Rick Fox was trying to check back into the game with 5:09 left in
the second quarter, but couldn't get the substitute horn to sound.
He kept saying "sub'' and finally imitated the horn a couple of
times before it sounded.