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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 19 21 33 25 98 LA LAKERS 28 20 25 29 102 FINAL


Box Score

UTAH (98) AT LA LAKERS (102)

UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MALONE F 33 9-21 9-12 3 6 9 3 4 1 1 27 KEEFE F 12 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 FOSTER C 18 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 2 HORNACEK G 29 2-6 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 STOCKTON G 21 5-9 0-0 3 1 4 2 4 0 1 11 RUSSELL 36 2-7 4-5 2 2 4 3 3 2 1 8 EISLEY 27 8-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 5 18 OSTERTAG 13 1-2 0-0 0 6 6 1 4 0 0 2 CARR 17 5-8 3-4 3 2 5 1 5 0 0 13 ANDERSON 23 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 3 2 MORRIS 11 2-4 0-1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 19-25 13 24 37 16 29 5 14 98 (.468) (.760) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HORRY F 26 1-2 0-0 2 6 8 1 6 1 1 2 FOX F 15 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 ONEAL C 40 10-21 13-20 3 12 15 3 3 1 2 33 JONES G 44 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 4 4 1 3 9 FISHER G 17 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 7 BRYANT 37 10-19 4-6 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 25 BLOUNT 21 2-3 0-1 4 5 9 0 4 0 2 4 VAN EXEL 31 7-10 5-6 1 1 2 7 5 0 2 20 CAMPBELL 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 BARRY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 22-33 12 31 43 21 26 6 12 102 (.514) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

UTAH 19 21 33 25 - 98 LA LAKERS 28 20 25 29 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, MALONE, FOSTER, HORNACEK, EISLEY. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, BRYANT 2, JONES, BLOUNT, CAMPBELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-11 (.455), HORNACEK 1-2, STOCKTON 1-1, RUSSELL 0-3, EISLEY 2-4, MORRIS 1-1. LA LAKERS 4-12 (.333), FOX 0-1, JONES 1-3, FISHER 1-1, BRYANT 1-5, VAN EXEL 1-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HORRY. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, KEN MAUER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 17,505. T - 2:25.


Agate Box Score

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 33 9-21 9-12 3-9 3 4 27 Keefe 12 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Foster 18 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Hornacek 29 2-6 1-1 0-0 1 1 6 Stockton 21 5-9 0-0 3-4 2 4 11 Russell 36 2-7 4-5 2-4 3 3 8 Eisley 27 8-11 0-0 0-2 4 1 18 Ostertag 13 1-2 0-0 0-6 1 4 2 Carr 17 5-8 3-4 3-5 1 5 13 Anderson 23 1-6 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 Morris 11 2-4 0-1 0-1 1 1 5 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 19-25 13-37 16 29 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Hornacek 1-2, Stockton 1-1, Russell 0-3, Eisley 2-4, Morris 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 2, Malone, Foster, Hornacek, Eisley). Turnovers: 14 (Eisley 5, Anderson 3, Foster 3, Malone, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 5 (Russell 2, Hornacek, Malone, Morris).

LA LAKERS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 26 1-2 0-0 2-8 1 6 2 Fox 15 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 Oneal 40 10-21 13-20 3-15 3 3 33 Jones 44 4-9 0-0 1-3 4 4 9 Fisher 17 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 7 Bryant 37 10-19 4-6 1-2 3 1 25 Blount 21 2-3 0-1 4-9 0 4 4 Van Exel 31 7-10 5-6 1-2 7 5 20 Campbell 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Barry 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 22-33 12-43 21 26 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Fox 0-1, Jones 1-3, Fisher 1-1, Bryant 1-5, Van Exel 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 4, Bryant 2, Jones, Blount, Campbell). Turnovers: 12 (Jones 3, Blount 2, Bryant 2, Oneal 2, Van Exel 2, Horry). Steals: 6 (Bryant 2, Campbell, Horry, Jones, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Utah 19 21 33 25 - 98 La Lakers 28 20 25 29 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Horry, 7:11 1st). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 8:53 1st). A: 17,505. T: 2:25. Officials: Bill Oakes, Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Recap

Shaquille O'Neal fell short of the scoring crown and the Los Angeles Lakers did the same in their quest for the Pacific Division title despite a 102-98 season-ending victory over the Utah Jazz.

O'Neal needed 59 points to catch Chicago's Michael Jordan for his second career scoring title but finished with 33. For the season, he averaged 28.3 points, while Jordan averaged 28.7.

O'Neal shot 10-of-21 from the field, 13-of-20 from the line and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Lakers defeated the Jazz for the third time in four games this season. But despite winning 22 of its last 25 games, Los Angeles (61-21) could not catch the Seattle SuperSonics, who won today to seal their third straight division crown.

"We wanted to come out and end the season on a positive note," O'Neal said. "If something would have happened with the Portland-Seattle game, we would have been happy with that. We did what we were supposed to do today."

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and Nick Van Exel added 20 for the Lakers, who are seeded third in the Western Conference and will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. Last year, the Lakers beat the Blazers in four games in the opening round.

"We've been playing well these last 25 games," O'Neal said. "Now with the playoffs starting, everyone has to raise their game up another notch."

"I think that mentally we're fine," Van Exel said. "Physically we're a little banged up. We haven't been this hot with this good of a streak going into the playoffs before. I think right now we're starting to believe in each other again."

Karl Malone scored 27 points for the Jazz (62-20), who clinched the league's best record with Friday's win at Phoenix and rested many of their key players. Malone played 33 minutes, the most of any starter, and guard John Stockton played just 21 minutes.

"I figured that those guys need just a little bit of rest," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I thought our second group in a lot of ways was competing harder than our first group."

Utah faces eighth-seeded Houston in the first round. Last year, the Jazz beat the Rockets in six games in the Western Conference finals, reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

"I do not feel comfortable," Sloan said. "We know that Houston is a team that is very difficult to play against. They have been for years. They have experienced players that know how to play."

"I don't know what our chances are," Stockton said. "We have an extremely tough series against Houston, an unusual eight seed. That's about as far as I'll look. We have to play our best against them. They have three terrific players and a great core to go with them. That's as far as I'm looking."

Utah's last lead came at 83-81 on a layup by Malone with 7:52 to play. But Bryant made two free throws and gave the Lakers the lead for good with a dunk with 7:03 remaining. He added a free throw less than a minute later, then answered Malone's layup with one of his own for an 88-85 advantage with 5:43 to go.

Bryant's drive built the lead to 91-87 with 3 1/2 minutes left. A free throw by Bryon Russell cut the deficit to 93-90 with 1:24 to go, but Bryant made a long three-pointer with the shot clock winding down, expanding the lead to 96-90 with 1:01 remaining.

"I knew that I had about five or six seconds left on the shot clock," Bryant said. "What I wanted to do was try to get a decent shot up. I knew that Russell was going to contest the shot, but it went down for me."

Stockton responded with a three-pointer, but Van Exel converted a layup and four free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.

Eddie Jones scored nine points and Corie Blount pulled down nine rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (238-of-74) from the field and held a 43-37 rebounding advantage.

Howard Eisley scored 18 points and Antoine Carr added 13 for the Jazz, who shot 47 percent (37-of-79) and made 19-of-25 foul shots. Stockton scored 11 points.

O'Neal, whose career high is 53 points, was not going to catch Jordan. But he and Bryant each scored eight points in the first quarter as the Lakers built an 11-point lead before settling for a 28-19 advantage. Malone missed 5-of-6 shots in the period.

Bryant's seven-footer built the lead to 13 points early in the second period before the Jazz closed to 48-40 at halftime. Stockton played just six minutes in the first half.

Malone scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Jazz erased the deficit and pulled into a 73-73 tie entering the final 12 minutes.

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