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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 24 16 20 33 93 UTAH 25 27 30 27 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 29, RICK FOX 24, KOBE BRYANT 17 UTH - KARL MALONE 27, JEFF HORNACEK 20, BRYON RUSSELL 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 14, KOBE BRYANT 5 UTH - KARL MALONE 8, BRYON RUSSELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - DEREK FISHER 6, KOBE BRYANT 5 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, HOWARD EISLEY 7

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (93) AT UTAH (109)

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

REID F 27 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 1 RICE F 31 4-10 3-3 0 2 2 3 4 0 0 11 ONEAL C 35 13-19 3-7 6 8 14 0 5 1 2 29 BRYANT G 42 6-16 3-5 0 5 5 5 2 0 4 17 FISHER G 30 4-9 1-1 0 3 3 6 5 1 1 9 FOX 26 11-17 0-0 1 1 2 4 4 2 2 24 HORRY 12 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 KNIGHT 17 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 3 2 0 LUE 18 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 2 PATTERSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 HARPER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-81 11-18 8 26 34 20 36 8 13 93 (.481) (.611) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

MALONE F 30 7-13 13-14 1 7 8 5 3 0 4 27 RUSSELL F 41 3-4 6-6 0 7 7 2 3 1 1 14 OSTERTAG C 12 1-2 0-1 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 2 HORNACEK G 30 7-10 4-5 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 20 STOCKTON G 23 2-5 4-4 0 3 3 7 0 2 3 9 ANDERSON 25 2-6 1-2 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 5 BAILEY 16 3-8 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 7 EISLEY 22 2-7 1-1 0 1 1 7 4 0 2 5 FOSTER 18 5-9 1-2 1 0 1 2 3 1 2 12 FULLER 21 2-2 4-4 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 8 VAUGHN 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 KEEFE DNP - BROKEN NOSE

TOTALS 240 34-67 35-41 5 28 33 28 25 5 17 109 (.507) (.854) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

LA LAKERS 24 16 20 33 - 93 UTAH 25 27 30 27 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, RICE, HORRY. UTAH - RUSSELL 2, OSTERTAG 2, HORNACEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-12 (.333), RICE 0-2, BRYANT 2-4, FISHER 0-2, FOX 2-3, LUE 0-1. UTAH 6-13 (.462), RUSSELL 2-3, HORNACEK 2-4, STOCKTON 1-1, ANDERSON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1, FOSTER 1-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH RAMBIS, FOX. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, TOM WASHINGTON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,911. T - 2:27.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 27 0-2 1-2 1-3 0 3 1 Rice 31 4-10 3-3 0-2 3 4 11 Oneal 35 13-19 3-7 6-14 0 5 29 Bryant 42 6-16 3-5 0-5 5 2 17 Fisher 30 4-9 1-1 0-3 6 5 9 Fox 26 11-17 0-0 1-2 4 4 24 Horry 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Knight 17 0-2 0-0 0-3 2 4 0 Lue 18 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 Patterson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Harper DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 11-18 8-34 20 36 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Rice 0-2, Bryant 2-4, Fisher 0-2, Fox 2-3, Lue 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 4, Rice, Horry). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 4, Fox 2, Knight 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Horry, Patterson). Steals: 8 (Knight 3, Fox 2, Fisher, Horry, Oneal).

UTAH (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 30 7-13 13-14 1-8 5 3 27 Russell 41 3-4 6-6 0-7 2 3 14 Ostertag 12 1-2 0-1 0-3 0 4 2 Hornacek 30 7-10 4-5 0-3 3 2 20 Stockton 23 2-5 4-4 0-3 7 0 9 Anderson 25 2-6 1-2 2-2 1 1 5 Bailey 16 3-8 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 Eisley 22 2-7 1-1 0-1 7 4 5 Foster 18 5-9 1-2 1-1 2 3 12 Fuller 21 2-2 4-4 0-3 0 3 8 Vaughn 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Keefe DNP - broken nose _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-67 35-41 5-33 28 25 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.854. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Russell 2-3, Hornacek 2-4, Stockton 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Eisley 0-1, Foster 1-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Russell 2, Ostertag 2, Hornacek). Turnovers: 17 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Bailey 2, Eisley 2, Foster 2, Hornacek 2, Ostertag, Russell). Steals: 5 (Stockton 2, Anderson, Foster, Russell). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 24 16 20 33 - 93 Utah 25 27 30 27 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 3 (Illegal Defense, 3:31 1st; Head Coach Rambis, 4:27 3rd; Fox, 10:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 3:41 3rd). A: 19,911. T: 2:27. Officials: Jess Kersey, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz had their way with the Los Angeles Lakers, with or without Dennis Rodman.

Malone was the early recipient of John Stockton's 13,000th career assist and scored 27 points as the red-hot Jazz routed the Lakers, 109-93, for their 10th straight victory.

Malone averaged 29.8 points in four games against the Lakers this season. Eleven days ago, he torched Rodman for 30 points on 12-of-12 shooting in a 13-point win at Los Angeles.

"It was a nice win for us, a good team effort," Malone said. "We didn't want to get caught up in what's going on with their team so like I said, it was a nice win."

Rodman, signed by the Lakers to give them a defensive presence against Malone, was waived late Thursday after a series of team rules violations and distractions. J.R. Reid and Travis Knight split the power forward position tonight and combined for one point and six rebounds in 44 minutes.

The Jazz have the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. At 31-8, they are 1 1/2 games ahead of Portland for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Considered a title contender, the Lakers (25-16) lost for the 10th time in their last 19 games. The three-game skid matches their longest of the season and they are fifth in the West, two games behind Houston.

"It's not going to turn around overnight," Lakers coach Kurt Rambis said. "They're a very good ballclub and they exploit everybody's weaknesses. But I thought as a whole we showed some positives."

Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who have allowed at least 100 points in five of their last seven games and are 25th in the league in defense.

"I could see the effort," Rambis said. "I could see them trying to do the things that we worked on, but we did have breakdowns which got us into trouble."

Stockton had nine points and seven assists in just 23 minutes. With 6:13 remaining in the first quarter, the all-time assists leader collected No. 13,000 when he fed Malone for a basket.

"I ain't done and he ain't done so we'll see," Malone said. "He don't amaze me anymore because I think we expect a lot out of him. ... I don't think personally that one right there will ever be broken because the mind-set of other point guards in the league, with the exception of maybe two or three of them, no one wants to pass the basketball."

"He's a very unselfish player," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We get letters all the time about why we don't let him shoot more but one of the things he's been able to do is think about his team first. That's what makes him a great player. Players like to play with people who will pass the basketball and it makes the game come a little bit easier."

The Jazz took control at the beginning of the second quarter. In an 18-4 burst that turned a one-point lead into a 43-28 advantage, seven players scored, including 38-year-old Thurl Bailey.

The Lakers closed to 52-40 at halftime but the Jazz opened the third quarter with a 9-4 burst. A jumper by Jeff Hornacek, who scored 20 points, gave Utah a 61-44 bulge with 9:17 left in the third quarter.

A basket by Rick Fox with 6:05 left in the period were the first points from the Lakers' bench. Los Angeles became unglued later in the period, as Rambis was whistled for a technical foul and Fox was called for a flagrant foul on Malone.

Two free throws by Malone, who was 13-of-14 from the line, were part of a 9-2 spurt that extended Utah's lead to 78-56 with 2:53 left. The Jazz led 82-60 after three quarters and took their largest lead at 92-69 on a jumper by Bailey with 7:24 to play.

"The game got kind of funny out there," said Bailey, who scored seven points. "They're trying to deal with some things on their team and we just couldn't allow ourselves to get caught up in it."

Bryon Russell contributed 14 points and Greg Foster added a season-high 12 off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 51 percent (34-of-67) from the field. Malone grabbed eight rebounds and Howard Eisley handed out seven assists.

Fox scored a season-high 24 points and Kobe Bryant added 17 for the Lakers, who shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and were outscored 35-11 at the foul line.

"We did pretty good; they just did a better job of drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line," Bryant said. "We got frustrated by the calls and that's just something you can't let bother you."

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