In five quarters-- four in Thursday's win over the Lakers and one in Saturday's game at Indiana - the Jazz starters showed what they could do. The rest of the Jazz's preseason was left to the reserves.
Indiana ended up with a 93-86 victory at Market Square Arena, moving ahead at the end of the third quarter and holding on down the stretch. With the regulars on the bench, the Jazz managed only 51 points over the last three quarters.The Jazz finished 5-3 for the preseason, splitting two games with Indiana. Karl Malone was the Jazz's leading scorer with 18 points, no matter that he worked only the first 12 minutes. Eric Leckner followed with 16 points and Jose Ortiz added a preseason high of 15.
Chuck Person led the Pacers (5-3) with 17 points, while Wayman Tisdale added 14 and Reggie Miller and Vern Fleming had 12 each.
The Jazz, who open the regular season Friday against Seattle in the Salt Palace, have 15 players at the moment. To give players enough time to clear waivers, their final 12-man roster is due at 4 p.m. MST Tuesday. They could delay their decision until Thursday, but would have to pay partial salaries to the players they end up waiving.
Guard Bobby Hansen is expected to start the season on the injured list with his broken left hand; according to Coach Frank Layden, forward-center Mike Brown's thigh injury may place him on the injured list, too. Brown missed the last four preseason games.
The Jazz coaching staff got one last look at everybody else, though. In the point-guard depertment, Jim Les played most of the second and third quarters and Billy Donovan took over for the fourth - their effect was about the same, considering the Jazz's low scoring.
The Jazz starters made the most of their chance to play in the first quarter, jumping out to a 19-4 lead. By the end of the quarter, Malone scored his 18 points and the Jazz were up by 35-25.
The Jazz reserves were outscored 21-16 in the second quarter, although Jose Ortiz had 10 points in the quarter for his most impressive stretch of the preseason. In the third quarter, the Pacers quickly cut into their five-point halftime deficit and took a 72-68 lead entering the final period.
The Jazz continued to struggle for points in the fourth quarter, although they came within 89-86 on Bart Kofoed's two free throws with 1:26 left. But Greg Dreiling worked free for a dunk on the next trip and the Pacers' win was secured.