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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 26 19 32 20 97 UTAH 20 24 24 21 89 FINAL


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LA LAKERS (97) AT UTAH (89)

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

BRYANT F 38 7-16 10-13 2 2 4 1 5 0 5 24 KNIGHT F 6 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 0 ONEAL C 34 10-16 3-13 2 14 16 1 4 0 5 23 HARPER G 25 2-7 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 8 JONES G 41 2-6 1-1 1 2 3 4 2 0 1 5 CAMPBELL 26 4-6 8-9 2 4 6 1 4 1 0 16 FISHER 23 6-8 6-7 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 20 FOX 18 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 5 0 0 0 HORRY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 RODMAN 25 0-0 1-4 1 3 4 0 5 0 0 1 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-63 31-49 10 32 42 13 34 2 14 97 (.492) (.633) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

MALONE F 40 10-22 14-19 0 9 9 1 2 0 1 34 RUSSELL F 38 2-6 2-4 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 6 OSTERTAG C 33 0-4 1-4 5 6 11 0 4 0 0 1 HORNACEK G 33 4-9 6-7 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 14 STOCKTON G 35 8-15 0-0 1 4 5 7 2 3 3 16 ANDERSON 20 1-5 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 5 BAILEY 13 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 6 EISLEY 13 2-6 3-4 0 0 0 1 5 0 2 7 FOSTER 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 FULLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KEEFE 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 29-42 9 22 31 12 33 5 8 89 (.417) (.690) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 26 19 32 20 - 97 UTAH 20 24 24 21 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, BRYANT, JONES, KNIGHT. UTAH - BAILEY, OSTERTAG, RUSSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-13 (.308), BRYANT 0-2, HARPER 2-5, JONES 0-1, FISHER 2-3, FOX 0-2. UTAH 0-8 (.000), RUSSELL 0-2, HORNACEK 0-2, STOCKTON 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - RODMAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, UTAH - STOCKTON, MALONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DERRICK STAFFORD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,911. T - 2:38.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 38 7-16 10-13 2-4 1 5 24 Knight 6 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 4 0 Oneal 34 10-16 3-13 2-16 1 4 23 Harper 25 2-7 2-2 0-0 4 2 8 Jones 41 2-6 1-1 1-3 4 2 5 Campbell 26 4-6 8-9 2-6 1 4 16 Fisher 23 6-8 6-7 0-3 1 2 20 Fox 18 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 5 0 Horry 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Rodman 25 0-0 1-4 1-4 0 5 1 Blount DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-63 31-49 10-42 13 34 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.492, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Bryant 0-2, Harper 2-5, Jones 0-1, Fisher 2-3, Fox 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 4, Bryant, Jones, Knight). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 5, Oneal 5, Fisher, Horry, Jones, Knight). Steals: 2 (Campbell, Fisher).

UTAH (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 10-22 14-19 0-9 1 2 34 Russell 38 2-6 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 Ostertag 33 0-4 1-4 5-11 0 4 1 Hornacek 33 4-9 6-7 0-1 2 5 14 Stockton 35 8-15 0-0 1-5 7 2 16 Anderson 20 1-5 3-4 1-2 0 3 5 Bailey 13 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 3 6 Eisley 13 2-6 3-4 0-0 1 5 7 Foster 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Fuller 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Keefe 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 29-42 9-31 12 33 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 0-8, .000 (Russell 0-2, Hornacek 0-2, Stockton 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 3 (Bailey, Ostertag, Russell). Turnovers: 9 (Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Hornacek, Malone, Russell). Steals: 5 (Stockton 3, Russell 2). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 26 19 32 20 - 97 Utah 20 24 24 21 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Rodman, 0:04 2nd; Illegal Defense, 8:44 3rd). Utah 2 (Stockton, 8:27 1st; Malone, 0:04 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:38. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Stafford, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Dennis Rodman may not have affected Karl Malone but he certainly has affected the balance of power in the Western Conference.

Led by stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and reserves Elden Campbell and Derek Fisher, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz, 97-89, for their best win of the season.

Rodman was not a factor with only four rebounds in 25 minutes as he was unable to slow down Malone. But his presence has had a positive effect on the Lakers, who have won seven consecutive games. The last six have come since the arrival of Rodman and new coach Kurt Rambis.

"You have to love the mentality that we're developing on this ballclub," Rambis said. "Attack, aggressive, a defensive-minded team. Even on offense, we want to get the ball inside, we want to attack the glass on drives. That's the type of team we're trying to establish here."

Malone scored 34 points, most of them against the smaller Rodman. But he had some trouble when defended by Campbell, a forgotten man on the bench who scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter.

"The two guys who hurt us today were Fisher and Campbell," said Jazz assistant Phil Johnson, who fell to 1-1 as he fills in for Jerry Sloan, still recovering from knee surgery.

The Lakers beat the Jazz for the first time since November 18, 1997, ending a seven-game skid that included a sweep in last year's Western Conference finals.

"We think Utah is still the best team in the West and we know if we want to go to the big dance we have to go through these guys and it's not going to be easy," O'Neal said.

"While we've had a few wins against them, you can't come out and not have a great game and expect to beat them," said Jazz guard John Stockton, who scored 16 points.

Los Angeles also handed the Jazz their first regular-season home loss since February 24, 1998, a span of 19 games. Utah did lose three home playoff games last year.

"We shouldn't be flat," Johnson said. "We are playing a very good team that is on a roll and they did a good job of putting us in a half-court game. We're pretty good at that, but we don't like to do it all the time."

Bryant scored 24 points and O'Neal had 23 and 16 rebounds. Both had baskets in an 8-1 spurt midway through the final period that gave the Lakers control. Fisher added a season-high 20 points.

"We've talked a lot about becoming more of a team for the past couple of weeks and tonight was a good example of us being a team," Fisher said.

The Jazz trailed by as much as 14 points in the second quarter but cut the deficit to 81-80 on a layup by Shandon Anderson with 7:15 remaining. Unlike a home loss to Utah earlier this season, Los Angeles pulled together and responded with the pivotal run.

O'Neal had a layup and Fisher made a free throw before Malone made 1-of-2 from the line. Bryant dunked and Derek Harper sank a 3-pointer, giving the Lakers an 89-81 lead with 4:01 to go.

"They played a great game but we feel we played pretty good defense, especially down the stretch," O'Neal said. "We also hit a lot of big shots. Everybody stepped up and played well."

One of those stepping up was Campbell, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since the lockout ended. He harassed Malone into missing a handful of jumpers down the stretch as Utah was unable to rally. Malone made 10-of-22 shots and 14-of-19 free throws.

"Toward the end of the game, Utah usually dictates the pace," Campbell said. "I think we did a pretty good job and kept our wits and played how we want to play and not let them dictate the game. If you let them dictate the pace, you're going to lose every time."

Bryant scored six points in an 8-2 run that opened the third quarter and widened Los Angeles' lead to 53-46. Campbell scored 10 points in the final six minutes of the period, which ended with the Lakers holding a 68-62 lead.

Los Angeles shot 49 percent (31-of-63) from the field and made 31-of-49 free throws. Bryant was 10-of-13 and O'Neal 3-of-13 from the line.

Jeff Hornacek scored 14 points for the Jazz, who shot 42 percent (30-of-72) and missed all eight of their 3-pointers. Utah was 29-of-42 from the stripe.

O'Neal scored 14 points in the first quarter as Los Angeles raced to a 26-20 lead. A 3-pointer by Fisher extended the advantage to 39-25 with 9:16 left in the second period before Malone and Stockton scored eight points apiece in an 18-4 run that tied it at 43-43 less than a minute before halftime.

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