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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 29 18 23 27 97 UTAH 31 22 25 14 92 FINAL


LA LAKERS (97) AT UTAH (92)

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

FOX F 31 5-9 5-6 0 0 0 4 3 2 3 17 CAMPBELL F 29 2-4 0-2 2 6 8 1 6 0 1 4 ONEAL C 36 7-10 3-8 4 5 9 0 3 1 3 17 JONES G 43 5-13 3-4 4 3 7 3 2 3 1 15 VAN EXEL G 36 4-13 10-10 0 2 2 5 1 0 1 19 BLOUNT 16 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 0 6 BENNETT 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 BRYANT 29 4-10 11-12 1 4 5 2 2 0 2 19 FISHER 12 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 ROOKS 4 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HORRY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 30-68 32-42 14 27 41 19 27 6 11 97 (.441) (.762) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

KEEFE F 25 2-3 1-1 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 5 MALONE F 40 10-22 6-8 3 6 9 6 4 1 3 26 FOSTER C 27 6-7 2-4 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 14 HORNACEK G 35 5-10 6-6 2 1 3 4 4 1 1 18 EISLEY G 32 5-11 1-1 1 3 4 7 4 0 0 12 VAUGHN 16 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 6 OSTERTAG 14 2-2 2-3 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 6 RUSSELL 25 0-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 0 ANDERSON 13 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 4 CARR 13 0-4 1-2 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 HUDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 21-27 13 26 39 26 35 2 12 92 (.453) (.778) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

LA LAKERS 29 18 23 27 - 97 UTAH 31 22 25 14 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 4, ONEAL 4, BRYANT 2. UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, CARR, MALONE, FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-17 (.294), FOX 2-4, JONES 2-3, VAN EXEL 1-8, BRYANT 0-2. UTAH 3-9 (.333), HORNACEK 2-3, EISLEY 1-4, RUSSELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LUIS GRILLO, RODDY MOTT. A - 19,911. T - 2:18.


LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 31 5-9 5-6 0-0 4 3 17 Campbell 29 2-4 0-2 2-8 1 6 4 Oneal 36 7-10 3-8 4-9 0 3 17 Jones 43 5-13 3-4 4-7 3 2 15 Van Exel 36 4-13 10-10 0-2 5 1 19 Blount 16 3-4 0-0 1-4 1 5 6 Bennett 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Bryant 29 4-10 11-12 1-5 2 2 19 Fisher 12 0-3 0-0 1-1 3 1 0 Rooks 4 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Horry DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 32-42 14-41 19 27 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Fox 2-4, Jones 2-3, Van Exel 1-8, Bryant 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Campbell 4, Oneal 4, Bryant 2). Turnovers: 11 (Fox 3, Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Campbell, Jones, Van Exel). Steals: 6 (Jones 3, Fox 2, Oneal).

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 25 2-3 1-1 1-3 2 5 5 Malone 40 10-22 6-8 3-9 6 4 26 Foster 27 6-7 2-4 1-3 1 4 14 Hornacek 35 5-10 6-6 2-3 4 4 18 Eisley 32 5-11 1-1 1-4 7 4 12 Vaughn 16 2-7 2-2 1-3 2 3 6 Ostertag 14 2-2 2-3 0-3 1 2 6 Russell 25 0-4 0-0 1-5 1 2 0 Anderson 13 2-5 0-0 2-5 1 4 4 Carr 13 0-4 1-2 1-1 1 3 1 Hudson DNP - coach's decision Morris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 21-27 13-39 26 35 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Hornacek 2-3, Eisley 1-4, Russell 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 2, Carr, Malone, Foster). Turnovers: 13 (Keefe 3, Malone 3, Foster 2, Anderson, Carr, Hornacek, Russell). Steals: 2 (Hornacek, Malone). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 29 18 23 27 - 97 Utah 31 22 25 14 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Luis Grillo, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and blocked the potential game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds as the unbeaten Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise record with their ninth straight win, 97-92 over the Utah Jazz.

Nick Van Exel added six of his 19 points in the final period, including four straight in a game-ending 9-0 spurt, as Los Angeles stayed undefeated along with the Atlanta Hawks (11-0). The Lakers surpassed the previous best start in franchise history, set by the 1987-88 squad that won the NBA title.

"It means a lot that we made history and something like that, but we want to create ground and right now we are doing that," Lakers All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal said. "As long as we can create ground and create space from the other teams, we'll be fine."

Bryant sank two free throws to give Los Angeles a 94-92 lead with 1:01 to play and teammate Rick Fox added a foul shot with seven seconds remaining.

Utah's Bryon Russell attempted what would have been the tying three-pointer but Bryant blocked the shot and drove for an uncontested dunk to seal the victory.

It was just six months ago when Bryant had three airballs in the final minutes of the Lakers' loss to Utah in the deciding Game Six of the Western Conference semifinals.

"I was able to redeem myself personally. But for myself and the team, we didn't care about anybody else, whether it was the media or whatever," Bryant said. "We were playing for ourselves and we were disappointed ourselves. So to come in here and redeem ourselves as a whole was fantastic."

Fox and O'Neal scored 17 points apiece as the Lakers won at the Delta Center for the first time since December 10th, 1994, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Karl Malone had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Jazz (5-5), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Utah was in control throughout much of the second half and Howard Eisley, who finished with 12 points and seven assists, drained a jumper to give the Jazz an 85-78 lead with 8:08 to play.

"We're allowing teams to get back in the game and make some runs in the fourth quarter," Eisley said. "We just need to do a better job down the stretch and execute."

The Lakers came alive with an 8-2 spurt to cut the deficit to one. O'Neal's tip-in capped the run with 4:06 remaining.

Jeff Hornacek scored 18 points for the Jazz and answered with a three-pointer with 3:04 to go. The Lakers' Eddie Jones hit a jumper and Eisley did the same, but that was the final points for Utah.

"They made some good rotations on their defense. We weren't able to get inside quite as much as we wanted and when we did, they blocked 'em," Hornacek said. "On the other end of the court, they were driving and Van Exel was hitting those little runners and we had a lot of fouls in the last three minutes."

Van Exel sank two free throws and drained a jumper with 1:35 left to tie the game, 92-92, before Bryant's free throws gave Los Angeles its first lead since midway through the second period.

"I wasn't this excited when we beat some of the other teams during the streak and hey, we beat Houston in double overtime and I used to coach there," Lakers coach Del Harris said. "My kids live there, so you know this was bigger for me."

O'Neal shot 7-of-10 from the field, blocked four shots and grabbed nine boards as the Lakers owned a slim 41-39 edge on the glass.

This was the first meeting between O'Neal and Jazz center Greg Ostertag since their infamous confrontation during an opening day shootaround. O'Neal was suspended for one game after slapping Ostertag to the ground. Ostertag, who has dropped out of the starting lineup recently, had just six points and three boards in 14 minutes.

Malone had 11 points in the opening period as the Jazz took a 31-29 lead. His jumper with 39 seconds left in the second quarter capped an 8-0 spurt and Utah went on for a 53-47 edge at the half.

"I thought we played hard for most of the game, but they got every loose basketball," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, we quit executing, we couldn't block them off the boards."

The Lakers pulled within 61-58 midway through the third quarter on a three-pointer by Fox, but the Jazz responded with a 9-2 run. Two free throws by Hornacek put Utah in front, 70-60, with 4:23 left and Greg Foster scored eight of his 14 points in the period to help the Jazz to a 78-70 lead heading into the final frame.

Russell, who recently lost his starting spot, was 0-for-4 from the field in 25 minutes off the bench.

"It's a tough loss but there are plenty of more games to play and we play them again a couple of more times, so we'll get our chances to get back at them then," Russell said.

Lakers starting forward Robert Horry missed the game with a strained left hamstring.

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