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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 28 17 19 23 87 LA LAKERS 16 27 25 36 104 FINAL


UTAH (87) AT LA LAKERS (104)

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

MALONE F 37 7-14 6-9 2 12 14 4 3 1 3 20 RUSSELL F 26 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 6 0 1 2 OSTERTAG C 18 1-11 0-0 4 5 9 0 2 0 1 2 HORNACEK G 25 2-7 1-1 0 1 1 2 4 1 3 5 EISLEY G 32 5-13 1-1 0 2 2 6 4 1 2 13 ANDERSON 36 8-17 5-7 5 4 9 1 4 2 0 21 VAUGHN 16 1-3 3-5 0 2 2 1 4 0 3 5 KEEFE 12 1-3 4-4 3 0 3 1 4 0 0 6 CARR 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 FOSTER 12 0-3 0-0 4 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 MORRIS 15 1-7 5-6 1 2 3 0 3 2 1 7 HUDSON 3 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 30-84 25-33 20 31 51 16 35 7 16 87 (.357) (.758) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(28 PTS)

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

HORRY F 42 4-10 2-4 4 9 13 7 4 3 2 11 FOX F 26 3-8 1-2 1 2 3 4 5 1 3 8 ROOKS C 31 4-8 4-6 0 7 7 1 3 1 3 12 JONES G 35 7-14 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 18 VAN EXEL G 30 7-13 2-3 0 1 1 7 2 1 0 22 BRYANT 33 5-13 13-14 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 23 BLOUNT 20 2-4 0-2 5 4 9 0 5 1 0 4 FISHER 16 1-5 4-6 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 6 BARRY 7 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 BENNETT DNP - FLU ONEAL DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN CAMPBELL DNP - NECK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 33-78 26-37 11 32 43 27 26 9 11 104 (.423) (.703) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

UTAH 28 17 19 23 - 87 LA LAKERS 16 27 25 36 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, CARR 2, FOSTER, MORRIS. LA LAKERS - HORRY 5, ROOKS 2, JONES, BLOUNT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), RUSSELL 0-2, EISLEY 2-2, VAUGHN 0-1, MORRIS 0-2. LA LAKERS 12-29 (.414), HORRY 1-2, FOX 1-4, JONES 4-8, VAN EXEL 6-8, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 0-2, BARRY 0-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HORNACEK, LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH HARRIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, LEON WOOD, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 16,234. T - 2:17.


UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 7-14 6-9 2-14 4 3 20 Russell 26 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 6 2 Ostertag 18 1-11 0-0 4-9 0 2 2 Hornacek 25 2-7 1-1 0-1 2 4 5 Eisley 32 5-13 1-1 0-2 6 4 13 Anderson 36 8-17 5-7 5-9 1 4 21 Vaughn 16 1-3 3-5 0-2 1 4 5 Keefe 12 1-3 4-4 3-3 1 4 6 Carr 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Foster 12 0-3 0-0 4-5 0 0 0 Morris 15 1-7 5-6 1-3 0 3 7 Hudson 3 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-84 25-33 20-51 16 35 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.357, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Russell 0-2, Eisley 2-2, Vaughn 0-1, Morris 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Ostertag 4, Carr 2, Foster, Morris). Turnovers: 16 (Hornacek 3, Malone 3, Vaughn 3, Eisley 2, Carr, Foster, Morris, Ostertag, Russell). Steals: 7 (Anderson 2, Morris 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Malone).

LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 42 4-10 2-4 4-13 7 4 11 Fox 26 3-8 1-2 1-3 4 5 8 Rooks 31 4-8 4-6 0-7 1 3 12 Jones 35 7-14 0-0 0-4 0 4 18 Van Exel 30 7-13 2-3 0-1 7 2 22 Bryant 33 5-13 13-14 0-3 5 1 23 Blount 20 2-4 0-2 5-9 0 5 4 Fisher 16 1-5 4-6 0-2 3 2 6 Barry 7 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Bennett DNP - flu Oneal DNP - abdominal strain Campbell DNP - neck spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 26-37 11-43 27 26 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.703. 3-Point Goals: 12-29, .414 (Horry 1-2, Fox 1-4, Jones 4-8, Van Exel 6-8, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 0-2, Barry 0-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Horry 5, Rooks 2, Jones, Blount). Turnovers: 11 (Fox 3, Rooks 3, Horry 2, Barry, Bryant, Jones). Steals: 9 (Horry 3, Blount, Bryant, Fox, Jones, Rooks, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Utah 28 17 19 23 - 87 La Lakers 16 27 25 36 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Hornacek, 9:24 3rd). La Lakers 3 (Head Coach Harris, 3:42 1st; Illegal Defense 2, 8:59 3rd, 3:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,234. T: 2:17. Officials: Joe Derosa, Leon Wood, Dan Crawford.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal decked Greg Ostertag at a morning shootaround and guards Kobe Bryant, Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones delivered the knockout blow of the defending Western Conference champion Utah Jazz, combining for 63 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' season-opening 104-87 victory.

The 7-2 O'Neal, sidelined with an abdominal strain, shoved or punched the 7-2 Ostertag to the floor as the teams crossed paths during a shootaround earlier in the day. O'Neal was contained by Ostertag when the Jazz ousted the Lakers from the playoffs last season but boasted that his team would dethrone Utah this season.

Ostertag had just two points on 2-for-11 shooting and nine rebounds in 18 minutes. Neither player would comment on the incident after the game.

Bryant scored 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Van Exel added 22 and Jones 18 as the Lakers rallied from a 16-point second-quarter deficit. Los Angeles also played without forward Elden Campbell, who sat out with muscle spasms in his neck.

"It's only the first game, but playing without Shaq and Elden, it's really big for our confidence," Van Exel said. "We have some things to do to keep improving and things to work on."

Shandon Anderson scored 21 points off the bench and Karl Malone had 20 and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who were without nine-time All-Star guard John Stockton. Stockton is sidelined up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery in the preseason.

"We had a lot of people who really didn't come and compete tonight and for that I apologize," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "I can take a defeat but I don't like to lose. I hate to come and see a bunch of guys who can't get up and down the floor."

Utah jumped to a 26-14 lead with 43 seconds remaining in first quarter and forged a 39-23 advantage on a free throw by Chris Morris with 7:40 left in the second period.

Van Exel hit four three-pointers over the final 5:07 of the quarter, the last tying the game game at 43-43 with 24 seconds left in the half. Howard Eisley's basket allowed the Jazz go to into halftime with a 45-43 lead.

"The first part of the game, we played our style of basketball and executed our plays," said Utah guard Jeff Hornacek, who had just five points. "Seems like once we got up by 16, we tried to play that open game that they do. We fired it up and didn't think much about it until Van Exel made three or four straight threes. That cut our lead down and then we just didn't execute well after that."

Van Exel started the second half with his fifth consecutive three-pointer but Malone hit one of two free throws to knot the contest at 46-46. Van Exel hit another three-pointer 17 seconds later to give the Lakers the lead for good and started a 7-0 run as Los Angeles went ahead, 52-46, with 9:14 left in the third period.

"Nick really brought us back in the second quarter on his own with his shooting," Lakers head coach Del Harris said. "After that, he and (Derek) Fisher distributed the ball and took only what they had to take. They both played very aggressive and found people going into the hole."

"We needed a spark and I decided to take the three-pointers and they fell for me," said Van Exel.

Utah pulled within 57-55 with 6:58 left on a jumper by Malone and a free throw by rookie Jacque Vaughn. Ten seconds later, Robert Horry took a pass from Van Exel in the corner and hit a three-pointer.

Anderson's jumper made it 71-68 with 10:46 remaining but the Lakers scored the next 10 points to take an 81-68 lead with 8:07 left. They used a 10-2 run to build their lead to 93-77 with 5:27 to go. Jones hit a pair of three-pointers to cap the spurt.

Van Exel was 7-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-8 from behind the arc. He added seven assists.

Sean Rooks played in place of O'Neal and scored 12 points while Horry had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who won their sixth straight home opener.

"I really have to give credit to nine guys tonight," Harris said. "They played together. They really played together, they played great. I think there was a little bit of shock right at the beginning because we really did not know that Elden Campbell was not going to be playing until 20 minutes before the game."

Eisley was the only other Utah player to score in double digits, collecting 13 points. The Jazz shot 36 percent (30-for-84) from the field but held a 51-43 edge in rebounding.

"We did not do a good job on the defensive end in the second half," Eisley said. "When you don't do the sort of things on defense, like getting back, you usually lose games. Yes, they shot the ball very well from the perimeter but they got a lot of good opportunities in the transition game, usually off our turnovers and missed baskets. Then we didn't execute very well on the offensive end. We didn't get good shoots."

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