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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 18 20 28 91 UTAH 18 18 23 25 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - GLEN RICE 28, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 23, DEREK FISHER 12 UTH - JEFF HORNACEK 23, JOHN STOCKTON 15, KARL MALONE 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 13, RON HARPER 7 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - DEREK FISHER 7, RON HARPER 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, HOWARD EISLEY 4

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (91) AT UTAH (84)

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

RICE F 40 8-13 7-7 1 5 6 3 5 2 4 28 GREEN F 33 1-5 0-0 3 3 6 2 3 1 0 2 ONEAL C 35 9-20 5-11 5 8 13 1 4 1 2 23 FISHER G 40 5-11 0-0 0 3 3 7 5 1 2 12 HARPER G 38 3-11 3-4 4 3 7 4 2 2 3 9 SHAW 11 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 FOX 19 3-5 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 8 SALLEY 14 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 1 2 6 LUE 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT 1 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-76 17-26 16 29 45 22 27 9 16 91 (.434) (.654) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

KEEFE F 14 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 1 1 2 MALONE F 36 4-10 6-8 0 5 5 3 3 0 5 14 POLYNICE C 17 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 4 1 1 4 STOCKTON G 31 6-13 2-2 1 2 3 8 3 0 3 15 HORNACEK G 34 8-13 6-6 0 1 1 1 3 2 3 23 OSTERTAG 29 2-5 3-5 2 5 7 0 4 1 3 7 EISLEY 26 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 7 RUSSELL 34 1-3 3-3 0 6 6 2 4 2 0 5 CHILCUTT 14 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 4 LEWIS 4 0-2 3-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 VAUGHN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-67 23-28 8 30 38 20 26 7 17 84 (.433) (.821) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 18 20 28 - 91 UTAH 18 18 23 25 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HARPER, SHAW, FOX, SALLEY. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, HORNACEK, MALONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 8-13 (.615), RICE 5-6, FISHER 2-4, FOX 1-2, LUE 0-1. UTAH 3-10 (.300), STOCKTON 1-2, HORNACEK 1-2, EISLEY 1-3, RUSSELL 0-1, CHILCUTT 0-1, LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TED BERNHARDT, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,911. T - 2:26.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 40 8-13 7-7 1-6 3 5 28 Green 33 1-5 0-0 3-6 2 3 2 Oneal 35 9-20 5-11 5-13 1 4 23 Fisher 40 5-11 0-0 0-3 7 5 12 Harper 38 3-11 3-4 4-7 4 2 9 Shaw 11 1-4 1-2 0-0 1 1 3 Fox 19 3-5 1-2 1-4 1 3 8 Salley 14 3-5 0-0 1-4 0 4 6 Lue 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 George 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Knight 1 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Jacobson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 17-26 16-45 22 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (Rice 5-6, Fisher 2-4, Fox 1-2, Lue 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 2, Harper, Shaw, Fox, Salley). Turnovers: 16 (Rice 4, Harper 3, Fisher 2, Fox 2, Oneal 2, Salley 2, Shaw). Steals: 9 (Harper 2, Rice 2, Fisher, Green, Oneal, Salley, Shaw).

UTAH (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 14 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 Malone 36 4-10 6-8 0-5 3 3 14 Polynice 17 2-4 0-0 2-6 1 4 4 Stockton 31 6-13 2-2 1-3 8 3 15 Hornacek 34 8-13 6-6 0-1 1 3 23 Ostertag 29 2-5 3-5 2-7 0 4 7 Eisley 26 3-8 0-0 0-3 4 0 7 Russell 34 1-3 3-3 0-6 2 4 5 Chilcutt 14 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Lewis 4 0-2 3-4 1-2 0 0 3 Vaughn 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-67 23-28 8-38 20 26 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Stockton 1-2, Hornacek 1-2, Eisley 1-3, Russell 0-1, Chilcutt 0-1, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 4, Hornacek, Malone). Turnovers: 18 (Malone 5, Hornacek 3, Ostertag 3, Stockton 3, Keefe, Polynice, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Hornacek 2, Russell 2, Keefe, Ostertag, Polynice). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 25 18 20 28 - 91 Utah 18 18 23 25 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 4:39 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:26. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ted Bernhardt, Mike Smith.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers opened the Phil Jackson era with a 91-84 victory over the Utah Jazz as Glen Rice and Shaquille O'Neal combined for 51 points.

After guiding the Chicago Bulls to six titles with the help of superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Jackson will try and turn around the underachieving Lakers, who are a preseason favorite for the Western Conference title seemingly every season but always seem to come up short.

Trying to install his triangle offense, Jackson watched his new team blow a 10-point third-quarter lead but prevail after Rice emerged from his preseason slump to scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Rice was 0-for-10 with no points in Los Angeles' final preseason game on Thursday, a 92-76 loss to Utah. O'Neal added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Derek Fisher tallied 12 as the Lakers did just fine without star guard Kobe Bryant, who is out with a broken hand.

"I realized last time against this team I went 0-for-10. I had a lot of good shots that didn't go in," Rice said. "I figured coming into tonight I would have the opportunity again and I wanted to capitalize."

"My teammates hit some big shots and we played some good defense," O'Neal said. "Before the game I pulled Glen aside and told him I needed 20-25 points and he played well. We all played well. But we're happy. We're 1-0 and we came out of this building with a win."

Jeff Hornacek scored 23 points and John Stockton contributed 15 and eight assists for the Jazz, who suffered their first opening night loss in six seasons.

"I think we have to be smarter," Stockton said. "I thought the guys were trying hard, and that goes for everybody. But we weren't very smart about how we helped and where it came from and that's something that we've been very good at. But it's early in the season, and we have to relearn it."

Los Angeles held the largest lead of the game for the final time at 54-44 with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter before being outscored 15-9 the rest of the quarter.

Rice's 3-pointer with 11:10 left pushed the advantage to 66-59 but Stockton led an 8-0 run with six points, including a jump shot from the left baseline that gave the Jazz a one-point lead.

After several lead changes, Utah grabbed its last advantage at 74-72 with 5:18 remaining as Stockton scored on a running basket.

However, the Lakers settled down and showed more patience with Jackson's triangle offense. They put together a 8-2 spurt, started by O'Neal's three-point play with 5:06 left and ending with a 3-pointer by Rice a little more than two minutes later.

"I'm pleased about the way we performed down the stretch," said Jackson. "Both teams looked like the were both thumbing around out there, they weren't in condition to play this game. I thought the game was obviously one of those early ones that you wave off later in the season."

Although Stocketon's 20-foot jumper moved the Jazz within 84-82 with one minute remaining, Los Angeles scored the next nine points to close out the win.

Derek Fisher chipped in with 12 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who shot 43 percent (33-for-76) from the field, including 8-for-13 from 3-point range, and held a 45-38 advantage on the boards.

"We had some big shots, they were trying to drop off the shooters and cover Shaq, and the corners were wide open," Jackson said. "Rice hit a big 3, we were fortunate to shoot well from the 3-point line tonight, that was about the only thing that was done well tonight."

Karl Malone was held to 14 points and five rebounds while Greg Ostertag collected seven and seven for Utah, which shot 43.3 percent.

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