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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 21 21 28 30 100 LA LAKERS 25 22 22 22 91 FINAL


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UTAH (100) AT LA LAKERS (91)

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

RUSSELL F 41 3-8 8-10 3 5 8 3 3 2 2 15 MALONE F 34 8-15 12-15 1 7 8 2 4 1 0 28 OSTERTAG C 21 1-3 2-2 1 6 7 1 6 0 1 4 HORNACEK G 24 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 STOCKTON G 34 8-15 10-12 0 4 4 11 3 1 4 26 FULLER 22 2-4 2-4 1 4 5 1 5 0 0 6 EISLEY 14 0-5 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 KEEFE 17 2-4 0-1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 AVENT 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 ANDERSON 24 3-6 1-2 0 0 0 1 5 3 1 7 BAILEY 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 FOSTER DNP - LEFT ANKLE STRESS FRACTURE KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 37-48 9 29 38 23 30 8 10 100 (.443) (.771) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

BLOUNT F 13 1-3 0-2 3 2 5 0 4 0 0 2 BRYANT F 41 7-12 2-2 2 10 12 3 6 0 5 16 ONEAL C 41 12-27 13-22 7 7 14 1 6 1 2 37 JONES G 39 1-10 1-2 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 3 FISHER G 17 1-4 2-3 1 0 1 1 4 2 3 5 HORRY 24 0-3 3-4 1 1 2 1 6 0 2 3 HARPER 35 3-9 3-4 0 1 1 6 3 0 3 11 CAMPBELL 28 6-12 2-5 7 5 12 1 6 0 0 14 PATTERSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROOKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOX DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - FLU LUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 26-44 22 27 49 16 37 4 17 91 (.388) (.591) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

UTAH 21 21 28 30 - 100 LA LAKERS 25 22 22 22 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, BAILEY. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, ONEAL 2, HORRY 2, JONES, CAMPBELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-4 (.250), RUSSELL 1-1, EISLEY 0-1, KEEFE 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-11 (.273), BRYANT 0-1, JONES 0-3, FISHER 1-1, HORRY 0-1, HARPER 2-5. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TONY BROTHERS, LUIS GRILLO. A - 17,505. T - 2:31.


Box Score

UTAH (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 41 3-8 8-10 3-8 3 3 15 Malone 34 8-15 12-15 1-8 2 4 28 Ostertag 21 1-3 2-2 1-7 1 6 4 Hornacek 24 3-8 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 Stockton 34 8-15 10-12 0-4 11 3 26 Fuller 22 2-4 2-4 1-5 1 5 6 Eisley 14 0-5 2-2 1-2 3 2 2 Keefe 17 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 1 4 Avent 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Anderson 24 3-6 1-2 0-0 1 5 7 Bailey 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Foster DNP - left ankle stress fracture King DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 37-48 9-38 23 30 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.771. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Russell 1-1, Eisley 0-1, Keefe 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 3 (Ostertag 2, Bailey). Turnovers: 11 (Stockton 4, Russell 2, Anderson, Avent, Eisley, Ostertag). Steals: 8 (Anderson 3, Russell 2, Bailey, Malone, Stockton).

LA LAKERS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Blount 13 1-3 0-2 3-5 0 4 2 Bryant 41 7-12 2-2 2-12 3 6 16 Oneal 41 12-27 13-22 7-14 1 6 37 Jones 39 1-10 1-2 1-2 3 2 3 Fisher 17 1-4 2-3 1-1 1 4 5 Horry 24 0-3 3-4 1-2 1 6 3 Harper 35 3-9 3-4 0-1 6 3 11 Campbell 28 6-12 2-5 7-12 1 6 14 Patterson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rooks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Fox DNP - sore right foot Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - flu Lue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 26-44 22-49 16 37 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Bryant 0-1, Jones 0-3, Fisher 1-1, Horry 0-1, Harper 2-5). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 8 (Bryant 2, Oneal 2, Horry 2, Jones, Campbell). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 5, Fisher 3, Harper 3, Horry 2, Jones 2, Oneal 2). Steals: 4 (Fisher 2, Jones, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Utah 21 21 28 30 - 100 La Lakers 25 22 22 22 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 3:15 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (Keefe, 3:15 2nd). A: 17,505. T: 2:31. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tony Brothers, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- John Stockton and Karl Malone combined for 27 of Utah's 30 fourth-quarter points as the Jazz sent an early message to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 100-91 victory.

The 36-year-old Stockton scored 16 of his 26 points in the final 12 minutes, when the 35-year-old Malone had 11 of his 28. The pair was ruthlessly efficient during crunch time, combining to go 6-of-10 from the field and 15-of-16 from the foul line, foiling the Lakers star-studded roster of young stars Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Eddie Jones.

"People are saying we're too old, we're losing a step and this and that, and that's fine," said Malone. "People are going to say what they want to say. We don't get caught up in the hype. Sometimes you perform better when you have no pressure on you."

"They played to perfection down the stretch ... they always play well down the stretch," said Bryant, who had his second straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. "And this year, they're even better than they were last year."

The teams were meeting for the first time since the Jazz swept the Lakers in four games in the Western Conference finals. Utah lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games in the NBA Finals but took out some of the sting of that series with a season-opening victory over the Bulls on Friday.

Bryon Russell added 15 points for Utah, which is 2-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign after losing three of their first four games last season.

O'Neal had 37 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which went 11-0 to start last season. The Lakers had won three straight home games against Utah since a 113-97 loss on November 20, 1996.

A dunk by Elden Campbell gave the Lakers a 75-72 lead early in the fourth quarter. Russell had a free throw to make it a two-point game with 8:56 to play, marking the last time someone other than Malone or Stockton scored for Utah until the final seconds.

Stockton had a pair of driving layups around a free throw by O'Neal, giving Utah a 77-76 lead. Malone then carried the offense, making a driving layup, a 16-footer and two free throws. O'Neal accounted for the Lakers' offense during Malone's charge, making only one foul shot as the Jazz took an 83-77 lead with 5:50 to play.

Stockton added a 13-footer and two free throws to bump the lead to 10 at the 4:15 mark. Los Angeles got as close as 89-82 on a jumper by Bryant, but Stockton scored eight of Utah's final 11 points to seal the victory.

"We've proven over the years we need everyone on the team and did so again today," said Stockton, who also had 11 assists. "I think Karl and I tend to get more than our share of credit; it takes a whole team to win."

The Lakers hit just 8-of-20 shots in the last 12 minutes and missed 8-of-13 free throws. O'Neal had seven points in the fourth quarter but was just 3-of-8 from the line.

"We didn't shoot the ball well and made a lot of careless turnovers down the stretch," he said. "And they seemed to capitalize on them. We played hard but not smart in the fourth quarter and they capitalized."

"They executed and we didn't," added Bryant. "It reminds us how important execution is, not only offensively but defensively as well. We did not execute defensively. We can score points, but we need to execute defensively down the stretch."

Utah was able to take a 70-69 lead into the final quarter behind a scoring spree from Russell, who netted eight points in the final 81 seconds of the third quarter.

"Bryon Russell had a series of great plays to keep us in the hunt for a while," said Stockton. "And that was as much a key for us as anything toward the end of the game. The game could have gotten away from us early, but we had some guys just hang in there."

Utah shot 44 percent (31-of-70) from the field but overcame a 49-38 rebounding deficit by outscoring the Lakers 37-26 at the foul line. Stockton, Malone and Russell combined to make 30-of-37 free throws.

O'Neal was 13-of-22 from the line and the Lakers shot 39 percent (31-of-80) overall. Jones had another miserable game from the field, going 1-of-10 on the heels of a 2-for-13 performance. Campbell contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

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