National Basketball Association players took a knee before kicking off the league's reopened season

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Powerful moment from the NBA restart - where every single player on both the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazztook a knee in solidarity during the national anthem.

The NBA allowed players to replace their names on the back of their jerseys with social justice messages.

"My situation is a little different, being from Australia, a totally different country", told the Salt Lake Tribune.

In 2017, ESPN reported the National Basketball Association sent a memo to teams reminding them "the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem" and that teams "do not have the discretion to waive" and the league can only discipline players who violate the mandate.

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In the first game, the Jazz came from behind to defeat the Pelicans 106-104 after the Pelicans' Brandon Ingram's three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out. Utan's Jordan Clarkson was his team's high scorer, racking up 23 points off the bench. The Jazz improved to 42 wins and 23 losses and is now in fourth place in the Western Conference, having already clinched a place in the playoffs. They are fighting for a playoff spot with 28 wins and 37 losses. Players also wore warmup shirts that read "Black Lives Matter", as well as whichever social justice message they chose to replace their last name on the back of their jerseys.

Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points for the Lakers, including 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

LeBron James stealed the show for the Lakers by playing a winning shot with 12.8 seconds left in the game.

The second game was underway and featured an all-LA battle between the Western Conference-leading Lakers and Clippers.

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