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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 18 26 24 24 92 UTAH 27 20 17 33 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 20, LAMAR ODOM 19, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 10 UTH - KARL MALONE 34, BRYON RUSSELL 12, JOHN STOCKTON 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 7, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 6 UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 6, KEYON DOOLING 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, JACQUE VAUGHN 5

ATT: 19,667


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (92) AT UTAH (97)

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

ODOM F 31 4-13 10-12 0 7 7 1 6 2 4 19 PARKS F 17 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 OLOWOKANDI C 32 3-10 2-4 4 2 6 0 4 0 3 8 MCINNIS G 42 9-19 2-2 1 3 4 6 4 5 1 20 PIATKOWSKI G 25 2-6 4-4 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 9 RICHARDSON 24 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 10 ROOKS 16 2-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 1 2 6 MILES 25 3-5 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 7 DOOLING 18 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 HAMILTON 10 1-3 3-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 5 SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-76 24-29 10 24 34 12 30 10 15 92 (.408) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

MALONE F 41 13-23 8-10 0 6 6 3 3 3 3 34 MARSHALL F 29 4-8 3-4 2 3 5 3 2 1 3 11 POLYNICE C 20 1-1 0-2 1 7 8 0 4 0 1 2 RUSSELL G 37 4-10 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 12 STOCKTON G 28 4-6 4-5 0 4 4 9 4 0 4 12 VAUGHN 19 1-5 1-1 0 1 1 5 1 0 2 3 OSTERTAG 19 2-2 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 4 STARKS 29 2-6 4-4 1 4 5 3 4 0 1 8 MANNING 17 4-7 3-4 1 3 4 0 4 1 1 11 D BENOIT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-68 26-34 7 34 41 24 28 5 17 97 (.515) (.765) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 18 26 24 24 - 92 UTAH 27 20 17 33 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MILES 2, ODOM. UTAH - MALONE 2, OSTERTAG 2, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-15 (.400), ODOM 1-2, MCINNIS 0-2, PIATKOWSKI 1-4, RICHARDSON 2-2, ROOKS 0-1, DOOLING 2-4. UTAH 1-9 (.111), RUSSELL 1-5, VAUGHN 0-1, STARKS 0-3. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, ODOM. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, HANK ARMSTRONG, LEON WOOD. A - 19,667. T - 2:20.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 31 4-13 10-12 0-7 1 6 19 Parks 17 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Olowokandi 32 3-10 2-4 4-6 0 4 8 Mcinnis 42 9-19 2-2 1-4 6 4 20 Piatkowski 25 2-6 4-4 1-1 1 2 9 Richardson 24 4-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 10 Rooks 16 2-4 2-2 2-4 0 3 6 Miles 25 3-5 1-1 0-1 0 3 7 Dooling 18 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 0 6 Hamilton 10 1-3 3-4 1-4 0 3 5 Skinner DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-76 24-29 10-34 12 30 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Odom 1-2, Mcinnis 0-2, Piatkowski 1-4, Richardson 2-2, Rooks 0-1, Dooling 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Miles 2, Odom). Turnovers: 16 (Odom 4, Olowokandi 3, Piatkowski 2, Rooks 2, Hamilton, Mcinnis, Miles, Richardson). Steals: 10 (Mcinnis 5, Odom 2, Miles, Richardson, Rooks).

UTAH (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 13-23 8-10 0-6 3 3 34 Marshall 29 4-8 3-4 2-5 3 2 11 Polynice 20 1-1 0-2 1-8 0 4 2 Russell 37 4-10 3-4 0-2 1 3 12 Stockton 28 4-6 4-5 0-4 9 4 12 Vaughn 19 1-5 1-1 0-1 5 1 3 Ostertag 19 2-2 0-0 2-6 0 3 4 Starks 29 2-6 4-4 1-5 3 4 8 Manning 17 4-7 3-4 1-4 0 4 11 D Benoit 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-68 26-34 7-41 24 28 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Russell 1-5, Vaughn 0-1, Starks 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Polynice). Turnovers: 17 (Stockton 4, Malone 3, Marshall 3, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, Manning, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 5 (Malone 3, Manning, Marshall). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 18 26 24 24 - 92 Utah 27 20 17 33 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:06 3rd, 8:48 4th; Odom, 3:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,667. T: 2:20. Officials: Jack Nies, Hank Armstrong, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz will have home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers will be at home.

Karl Malone scored 34 points and the Jazz rallied for a 97-92 victory over the improving Clippers, who more than doubled their win total from last season.

Utah, which has one game remaining, improved to 53-28 and wrapped up fourth place in the Western Conference. The Jazz are making their 18th consecutive postseason appearance and will face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Dallas is in the playoffs for the first time since 1990.

"Our series this year against Dallas, the visiting team won all four games, but I still think it's important to have the home-court advantage," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "It doesn't guarantee anything and it never has but it's good to have. It is a plus and hopefully we'll take advantage of that."

Utah improved to 19-0 against Los Angeles in the Delta Center but it was not easy. The Clippers led 68-64 entering the final period and still held an 87-86 edge on a jumper by Jeff McInnis with 1:53 remaining.

Danny Manning made a layup 16 seconds later to give the Jazz the lead for good and Bryon Russell drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner for a 91-87 lead with 58 seconds to play. Malone blocked a shot by Eric Piatkowski and Russell made two from the line with 37 seconds left.

Clippers rookie Quentin Richardson made a 3-pointer, but John Starks and Malone added two free throws apiece to seal the win.

"They're a better team than most people give them credit for," Stockton said. "They're very talented and they're relaxed. It took a while but we were able to win a very tough game."

McInnis scored 20 points and Lamar Odom added 19 before fouling out for the Clippers, who were 15-67 last season but finished 31-51 under first-year coach Alvin Gentry.

"This is a very good team and they are going to get better," Utah forward Donyell Marshall said. "They have a lot of young guys who like playing with each other and they are headed in the right direction."

Sporting nine players with three years of experience or less, the Clippers went 18-18 after January 31. That included a 13-3 home mark, the best in the powerful Western Conference during that stretch.

"I thought in February we started to turn the corner and play a little better and do some good things," Gentry said. "We are playing very good basketball right now. We hate to see the season end because we think we think we are playing as well as we've played this year."

"Obviously we'd like to make a quantum leap but that's not going to happen," Gentry continued. "But we're young enough that we can take those two or three years to really progress and then when we become a good team, we can do like the Jazz and be a good team for seven or eight years in a row. I think that's what our goal is."

Malone made 13-fo-23 shots as he led five Utah players in double figures. The Jazz shot 51.5 percent (35-of-68), despite making just 1-of-9 3-pointers, and held a 41-34 rebounding edge.

"It was a good win for us," Malone said. "We showed a lot of character by sticking together and it was kind of neat that we didn't get all excited and start running all over the place when they erased the big lead. We just stuck to our game plan and concentrated."

Stockton had 12 points and nine assists and Russell scored 12 points. Manning and Russell added 11 points apiece.

Richardson scored 10 points and Piatkowski added nine for the Clippers, who shot 41 percent (31-of-76) but allowed 33 points in the final period.

"We play hard and some of the stuff that goes on, I mean we just felt like it wasn't fair," McInnis said. "Hopefully, one day we'll get the same calls. We just keep playing young -- that's what they (referees) tell us. But we're playing hard, though, so if you're young and all that, it don't matter when you're out there playing hard."

Utah scored the first 12 points but Los Angeles cut the deficit to 47-44 at halftime. Odom and McInnis scored 10 points each in the third quarter, giving the Clippers a four-point lead going into the final period.

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