SALT LAKE CITY - Even shorthanded, the Utah Jazz outran the Golden State Warriors.
Derek Fisher missed most of the first three quarters because of a family illness, then scored all five of his points in overtime to lead Utah to a 127-117 victory over the Golden State Warriors and a two-games-to-none lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Jazz overcame the loss of rookie guard Dee Brown to a neck injury and had to rally to force the overtime after Golden State went on a 12-1 run late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors missed six free throws in the fourth quarter, three after taking the late lead.
Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, while Mehmet Okur added 23 points and 18 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko had 20 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
Baron Davis had 36 points and seven assists for Golden State.
Minority gains. A study released yesterday found that the NBA had the highest-ever percentages of minority vice presidents and league office personnel in men's sports history - 15 and 34 percent, respectively.
The study was conducted by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
The percentage of NBA team vice presidents was three points higher than last year, according to this most recent study, which used data from the 2006-07 season. The percentage of professionals in the league office saw a two-point climb.
Warrior's trial delayed. The trial of Golden State's Stephen Jackson, accused of firing a gun during a fight at an Indianapolis strip club, was delayed a second time and set for June 21.
In Indianapolis, Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gifford granted a defense motion to delay the trial over the objection of prosecutors, the Marion County prosecutor's office said.
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
O'Neal in plans. Coach Pat Riley issued a one-sentence statement regarding the future of the Miami Heat: Shaquille O'Neal will be part of it.
"Amongst growing speculation in the media, in reference to Shaq, I want to set the record straight and say that we are not trading Shaq," Riley said.
Suns 101, Spurs 81
PHOENIX - With Kurt Thomas moving into the starting lineup to take on Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points - 21 in the second half - to lead the Suns past the Spurs.
Phoenix evened the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.