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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 19 27 21 27 94 UTAH 22 28 34 23 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 20, COREY MAGGETTE 15, SEAN ROOKS 11 UTH - KARL MALONE 34, BRYON RUSSELL 19, JOHN STARKS 18

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - DEREK STRONG 7, DARIUS MILES 7 UTH - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 7, KEYON DOOLING 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 14, JACQUE VAUGHN 7

ATT: 17,824


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (94) AT UTAH (107)

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

ODOM F 18 2-7 4-4 0 3 3 2 4 0 4 9 SKINNER F 21 3-4 0-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 6 OLOWOKANDI C 17 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 6 0 MCINNIS G 35 9-12 2-2 1 2 3 7 3 0 3 20 MILES G 34 4-6 0-4 1 6 7 2 2 0 2 8 NESBY 18 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 STRONG 27 3-6 4-4 1 6 7 1 3 1 2 10 ROOKS 31 3-4 5-8 2 4 6 1 4 1 1 11 DOOLING 13 2-5 5-8 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 10 RICHARDSON 7 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 PIATKOWSKI 3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 MAGGETTE 16 6-11 2-2 3 2 5 1 2 0 1 15

TOTALS 240 34-69 22-34 12 32 44 18 32 3 24 94 (.493) (.647) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 24(20 PTS)

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

MALONE F 37 15-24 4-6 2 4 6 5 2 3 1 34 RUSSELL F 31 6-10 4-5 1 3 4 1 3 1 0 19 POLYNICE C 29 1-4 0-4 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 2 STARKS G 29 7-17 3-5 0 1 1 1 3 3 0 18 STOCKTON G 32 5-8 1-1 1 1 2 14 3 2 2 11 VAUGHN 16 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 4 LEWIS 13 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 3 0 OSTERTAG 16 0-1 2-4 2 4 6 1 4 1 1 2 MARSHALL 16 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 4 MANNING 13 4-7 0-1 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 8 STEVENSON 7 2-3 1-3 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 5 D BENOIT 1 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 43-85 16-31 11 22 33 33 30 11 12 107 (.506) (.516) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 19 27 21 27 - 94 UTAH 22 28 34 23 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MILES 2, ODOM, ROOKS, NESBY, SKINNER. UTAH - MALONE 2, LEWIS, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 4-13 (.308), ODOM 1-3, MCINNIS 0-1, MILES 0-1, NESBY 1-4, DOOLING 1-2, MAGGETTE 1-2. UTAH 5-10 (.500), RUSSELL 3-3, STARKS 1-3, STOCKTON 0-1, VAUGHN 1-2, MARSHALL 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM 2 (EJECTED), STRONG, MILES, RICHARDSON, UTAH - LEWIS, STARKS, RUSSELL. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BLANE REICHELT, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,824. T - 2:20.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 18 2-7 4-4 0-3 2 4 9 Skinner 21 3-4 0-2 0-2 0 3 6 Olowokandi 17 0-2 0-0 1-4 1 5 0 Mcinnis 35 9-12 2-2 1-3 7 3 20 Miles 34 4-6 0-4 1-7 2 2 8 Nesby 18 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 2 3 Strong 27 3-6 4-4 1-7 1 3 10 Rooks 31 3-4 5-8 2-6 1 4 11 Dooling 13 2-5 5-8 0-2 3 2 10 Richardson 7 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Piatkowski 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Maggette 16 6-11 2-2 3-5 1 2 15 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-69 22-34 12-44 18 32 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Odom 1-3, Mcinnis 0-1, Miles 0-1, Nesby 1-4, Dooling 1-2, Maggette 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Miles 2, Odom, Rooks, Nesby, Skinner). Turnovers: 24 (Olowokandi 6, Odom 4, Mcinnis 3, Skinner 3, Dooling 2, Miles 2, Strong 2, Maggette, Rooks). Steals: 3 (Rooks, Skinner, Strong).

UTAH (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 15-24 4-6 2-6 5 2 34 Russell 31 6-10 4-5 1-4 1 3 19 Polynice 29 1-4 0-4 2-6 0 3 2 Starks 29 7-17 3-5 0-1 1 3 18 Stockton 32 5-8 1-1 1-2 14 3 11 Vaughn 16 1-3 1-1 0-0 7 2 4 Lewis 13 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 4 0 Ostertag 16 0-1 2-4 2-6 1 4 2 Marshall 16 2-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 Manning 13 4-7 0-1 1-3 0 3 8 Stevenson 7 2-3 1-3 1-1 1 0 5 D Benoit 1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-85 16-31 11-33 33 30 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.516. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Russell 3-3, Starks 1-3, Stockton 0-1, Vaughn 1-2, Marshall 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Malone 2, Lewis, Polynice). Turnovers: 12 (Lewis 3, Manning 2, Stevenson 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 11 (Malone 3, Starks 3, Stockton 2, Ostertag, Russell, Stevenson). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 19 27 21 27 - 94 Utah 22 28 34 23 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 5 (Odom 2 (ejected), 5:23 3rd, 5:09 3rd; Strong, 7:39 4th; Miles, 4:21 4th; Richardson, 0:15 4th). Utah 3 (Lewis, 6:18 2nd; Starks, 8:38 3rd; Russell, 4:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: La Clippers 1 (Olowokandi (ejected), 3:50 4th). Utah 1 (Malone, 4:45 3rd). A: 17,824. T: 2:20. Officials: Ed F Rush, Blane Reichelt, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers added an assortment of promising youngsters during the offseason but a pair of legendary graybeards led the Utah Jazz to victory.

Karl Malone scored 34 points and John Stockton added 11 and 14 assists as the Jazz extended their home winning streak over the Clippers to 23 games with a 107-94 victory in the season opener.

Malone, a 16-year veteran, toyed with the inexperienced Clippers, connecting on 15-of-24 from the floor and adding six rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He scored eight points during the third quarter, when Utah outscored the Clippers 34-21 to take an 84-67 cushion into the final period.

Stockton, in his 17th NBA season, penetrated the lane repeatedly and was able to dish off to teammates for easy baskets with Malone the main recipient. He hit 5-of-8 from the field.

"The most important thing was the win but we have a long way to go before we get to where we want to be," Malone said. "The Clippers are a good young team with a lot of energy and they'll beat a lot of (teams) if you don't come ready to play. They made us play defense."

The Clippers are carrying four rookies among seven new faces on their roster, led by high school sensation Darius Miles, who skipped college and was chosen third overall in the June draft.

Miles collected eight points and seven rebounds in his debut while Corey Maggette, a second-year guard acquired from Orlando over the summer, added 15 points in just 16 minutes. Jeff McInnis had 20 points and seven assists for Los Angeles, which last won at Utah on April 18, 1989.

After a respectable first-half showing, the Clippers lost their cool in the second half when they accused officials of taking away their aggressiveness with questionable foul calls. They drew five technicals, including two by swingman Lamar Odom in a 14-second a span of the third quarter. Center Michael Olowokandi also was ejected after a flagrant foul call late in the game.

"We've got to keep our composure, I'm very disappointed in the way we acted more than anything," first-year Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "I was just disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves, that's got to get better. It's the sign of a young team but it doesn't matter, we're all pros and if you're going to be a pro you've got to act like (one)."

"I wish I could have finished the game... I deserved the technical but I didn't deserve to get thrown out," Odom said. "We lost our composure because we were playing a little harder and we (had) our aggressiveness taken away and that broke us down mentally."

Bryon Russell ignited a 7-0 spurt with a 3-pointer and Malone capped it with a three-point play that gave the Jazz a 57-46 edge nearly three minutes into the second half.

The Clippers closed to 57-51 at 8:17 of the period but Russell sandwiched another another bomb and a 20-footer around a a sideline jumper by John Starks, giving Utah a 64-51 lead with 6:57 remaining. Malone's three-point play capped a 16-5 run that stretched the advantage to 80-56 just under three minutes later.

Starks, who was signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, had 18 points and three steals for Utah, which shot 51 percent (43-of-85), including 5-of-10 from behind the arc.

"The fact that we are a veteran team and they are real young had a lot to do with the outcome of this game," Starks said. "You're going to have some bad calls in this league and you're going to get some good calls. As young players, they'll soon find out it all goes hand in hand and you just have to play through it."

Odom finished with only nine points for Los Angeles, which shot 49 percent (34-of-69) from the field but converted only 22-of-34 foul shots and committed 24 turnovers.

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