Abdul-Jabbar Is 40--Jazz Out to Spoil Party

The Utah Jazz will light the candles for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 40th birthday cake tonight, but they'd like to spoil the party by beating the Lakers for the third straight time here.

The Jazz has never won a season series from the Lakers, and that includes its stint in New Orleans. But this season, they are 2-2, and have held the Lakers to 39.3% shooting in Los Angeles' two losses at the Salt Palace.

In both of those defeats, the Lakers were playing games for the second night in a row. This time, they will have had three days of rest.

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