Lakers coach Phil Jackson, still recovering from hip replacement
surgery, also didn't make the trip to Fresno's Save Mart Center.
Assistant coach Kurt Rambis filled in for Jackson.
Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, while
Deron Williams added 16 points. Hiram Fuller, who played at Fresno
State, was in Utah's starting lineup in front of nearly 10,000
After Gordan Giricek's reverse layup cut Los Angeles' lead to
75-70 with 7:39 remaining, the Lakers put the game away with a 12-0
run with Maurice Evans scoring nine points during the surge.
The Lakers led 44-41 at halftime thanks to a late second-quarter
rally sparked by Vujacic.
The third-year guard from Slovenia scored off an assist from
Kwame Brown to tie the game, then immediately stole the ball from
Jazz rookie Ronnie Brewer. Vujacic ran the break and found Ronnie
Turiaf for a dunk, giving the Lakers a 41-39 lead.
Vujacic's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left then put the Lakers
ahead at halftime.