LAFAYETTE, LA., OCT. 20 -- The Utah Jazz overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit to defeat the Washington Bullets, 111-104, in an NBA exhibition contest before 2,100 tonight at the Cajundome.
Led by Bobby Hansen and Carey Scurry, Utah took a 99-96 lead with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter and never trailed again. With the Bullets leading, 92-87, and 8:02 left, Hansen hit a three-point basket and then two more goals to give the Jazz the lead. Scurry hit for six points over the last three minutes.
Jay Vincent, who had eight points at the half, scored nine in the third quarter to help the Bullets grab a 74-63 lead with 5:28 remaining in the quarter. He ended as high scorer for Washington with 21 points.
But Utah, led by Karl Malone, gradually drew within five points by the end of the third quarter.
"We were a little sloppy over the last quarter and a half," said Bullets Coach Kevin Loughery. "This early, I don't expect us to be at our best, so I'm going to be patient. But the Jazz had something to do with that. They have a good team."
The Bullets overcame a slow start to even the score at 53-all by halftime. The Bullets were erratic in the early going, scoring only nine points over the first six minutes of the first quarter. Utah, using the one-two punch of Karl Malone and Rickey Green, led, 18-9, after with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bullets relied on Vincent early. He scored eight of Washington's 22 first-quarter points. He did not play in the second quarter. Utah remained comfortably in front for most of the first quarter. Karl Malone continued his scoring and had 10 at the quarter at the end of which Utah led, 29-22.
A key for the Jazz was an 18-10 rebounding advantage. Mark Eaton led with eight.
The second quarter began with the Jazz controlling the game. Both teams put in the second teams for the entire quarter. Washington trailed, 35-24, with 4:52 left in the first half but, sparked by reserve guard Michael Adams, the Bullets battled back. Adams scored six points in the second quarter and handed out numerous assists for easy baskets.
"I was really pleased with Michael's play in the second quarter," said Loughery. "He hit some key shots and he passed the ball real well."
The Bullets took a 49-48 lead at the 3:03 mark and baskets were exchanged for the remainder of the half.
Washington's first-round draft pick, Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues, did not have his best game. He did not score, going zero for eight from the field, but he did assist on six baskets.
"I didn't shoot good, but I feel like that will come," said Bogues. "It's still early, so I'm not going to get discouraged with my shooting."
"Muggsy's coming along well," said Loughery. "It's tough for any rookie to adjust quickly, but he will contribute a lot to this team. We feel like he is a quality NBA player."
Moses Malone added 15 for the Bullets and Manute Bol had a good game, 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Bullets dropped to 0-2 on the preseason, but Loughery is not discouraged. "It's too early to tell," he said. "I know we have a good club, so it's just a matter of time before we start to jell."