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 visiting Warriors last night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Jazz overcame the loss of rookie guard Dee Brown to a neck injury in the first quarter 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.
The Jazz - who won the series opener, 116-112 - again had to play at the Warriors' pace. Game 3 is tomorrow night at Golden State.
Coach Pat Riley issued a one-sentence statement yesterday regarding the future of the Miami Heat: Shaquille O'Neal will be a 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.
Putting O'Neal on the market became a rumor topic after the Chicago Bulls swept the defending NBA champion Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
* A new study found the NBA has 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. *