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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 18 10 19 24 71 LA LAKERS 15 18 19 30 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 16, DONYELL MARSHALL 16, KARL MALONE 14 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 31, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 24, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 8, DONYELL MARSHALL 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 17, HORACE GRANT 11

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - KARL MALONE 5, JOHN STOCKTON 5 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 4, RICK FOX 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

UTAH (71) AT LA LAKERS (82)

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

MALONE F 40 3-14 8-8 1 5 6 5 2 0 6 14 RUSSELL F 41 7-14 1-2 3 5 8 1 1 2 1 16 POLYNICE C 19 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 4 STARKS G 30 2-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 STOCKTON G 31 4-7 3-4 0 3 3 5 3 3 5 11 VAUGHN 17 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 4 MARSHALL 25 5-10 5-6 2 6 8 0 3 0 1 16 MANNING 10 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 OSTERTAG 22 0-2 0-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 0 LEWIS 3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 STEVENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D BENOIT 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 25-69 18-24 10 25 35 14 26 6 18 71 (.362) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

FOX F 31 1-5 2-2 1 0 1 4 3 1 3 4 GRANT F 41 3-5 0-0 4 7 11 0 3 2 0 6 ONEAL C 40 9-21 6-14 2 15 17 1 6 1 3 24 BRYANT G 45 13-24 3-4 0 4 4 4 5 3 5 31 HARPER G 18 1-5 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 1 0 2 PENBERTHY 14 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 HORRY 26 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 3 2 6 RIDER 19 1-4 4-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 6 MADSEN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MEDVEDENKO 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SHAW DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 31-71 17-26 11 31 42 16 23 12 13 82 (.437) (.654) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

UTAH 18 10 19 24 - 71 LA LAKERS 15 18 19 30 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE, STOCKTON, RUSSELL, OSTERTAG, STARKS, POLYNICE. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, PENBERTHY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-9 (.333), RUSSELL 1-3, STARKS 1-1, STOCKTON 0-2, MARSHALL 1-3. LA LAKERS 3-15 (.200), FOX 0-3, BRYANT 2-6, HARPER 0-1, PENBERTHY 1-2, HORRY 0-2, RIDER 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - BRYANT, ONEAL (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,997. T - 2:12.


Box Score

UTAH (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 3-14 8-8 1-6 5 2 14 Russell 41 7-14 1-2 3-8 1 1 16 Polynice 19 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 4 4 Starks 30 2-9 0-0 0-0 1 3 5 Stockton 31 4-7 3-4 0-3 5 3 11 Vaughn 17 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Marshall 25 5-10 5-6 2-8 0 3 16 Manning 10 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 4 0 Ostertag 22 0-2 0-2 0-3 1 3 0 Lewis 3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Stevenson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Benoit 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-69 18-24 10-35 14 26 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.362, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Russell 1-3, Starks 1-1, Stockton 0-2, Marshall 1-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Malone, Stockton, Russell, Ostertag, Starks, Polynice). Turnovers: 19 (Malone 6, Stockton 5, Manning 2, Marshall, Ostertag, Polynice, Russell, Vaughn). Steals: 6 (Stockton 3, Russell 2, Starks).

LA LAKERS (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 31 1-5 2-2 1-1 4 3 4 Grant 41 3-5 0-0 4-11 0 3 6 Oneal 40 9-21 6-14 2-17 1 6 24 Bryant 45 13-24 3-4 0-4 4 5 31 Harper 18 1-5 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 Penberthy 14 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Horry 26 2-4 2-2 0-3 3 2 6 Rider 19 1-4 4-4 1-2 2 1 6 Madsen 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Medvedenko 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Shaw DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 17-26 11-42 16 23 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Fox 0-3, Bryant 2-6, Harper 0-1, Penberthy 1-2, Horry 0-2, Rider 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 5, Penberthy). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 5, Fox 3, Oneal 3, Horry 2). Steals: 12 (Bryant 3, Horry 3, Grant 2, Fox, Harper, Oneal, Penberthy). ____________________________________________ Utah 18 10 19 24 - 71 La Lakers 15 18 19 30 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Bryant, 8:47 1st; Oneal (ejected), 6:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:12. Officials: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Even in a low-scoring, ugly game, Kobe Bryant found a way to do his thing.

The NBA's leading scorer had 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, turning it on after the ejection of fellow superstar Shaquille O'Neal, as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with an 82-71 victory over the slumping Utah Jazz.

O'Neal had 24 points and 17 rebounds, combining with Bryant to be the only consistent offensive forces in a contest that did not see either team break 20 points in a quarter until the final period.

O'Neal fouled out with 6:10 to play and was ejected after arguing the call. John Stockton made the ensuing technical free throw and added two more from the line before Donyell Marshall hit an eight-footer to pull the Jazz within 64-62.

"We've had experience playing both when I'm not in the game and when Shaquille's not in the game," Bryant said. "We just kind of reached back in our memory bank as a team and played well as a team."

Bryant scored 10 of Los Angeles' last 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:02 to play that gave the Lakers an 82-68 cushion and their eighth win in nine games. Bryant earned NBA Player of the Month honors for December, averaging 32.3 points per contest.

"What we tried to do is try to open the game up and what I mean by that is spread the team out and utilize our cuts and spacing a little more," Bryant said. "I threw we're a little testy, a little edgy right now. We're trying to get to the next level and it kind of works on your nerves."

Karl Malone, whose scoring slump has coincided with Utah's first four-game losing streak since a six-game skid from January 26-February 4 of last season, managed just 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

"It's hard for Karl Malone to complain about shots in the offense," Malone said. "I've taken 22,000 of them and these things happen. I sit back and look and when I play well, we play well as a team. You want to point the finger at somebody else. As long as I've been here, if I play well, we have the opportunity to win."

The Jazz were held to a season-low point total.

Bryon Russell and Marshall scored 16 points apiece and Stockton finished with 11 for the Jazz, who shot 36 percent (25-of-69) and were outrebounded, 42-35. Utah yielded 22 points off 19 turnovers and managed 10 points in the second quarter, when it made just 3-of-15 shots.

The Jazz were just 7-of-21 from the field in the first quarter but led 18-15 after 12 minutes because the Lakers shot 7-of-20 during the horrendous period.

Clinging to a 33-28 lead at the half behind 25 points from O'Neal (13) and Bryant (12), the Lakers could not pull away and the Jazz could not close in as the team battled to a 19-19 deadlock in the third quarter.

The offenses finally awakened in the fourth quarter when the teams combined for 54 points -- seven less than they managed in the entire first half.

Stockton knocked down a 17-footer to get Utah within 58-55 with 7:55 to play. Bryant and O'Neal, who was a 6-of-14 from the line, combined to make four free throws and Isaiah Rider answered two from the line by Malone by making a layup, giving the Lakers a 64-57 lead with 6:39 remaining.

O'Neal was tagged with his sixth foul, attempting to slap the ball out of Stockton's hands under the Los Angeles basket, and Utah appeared primed for a comeback with the 7-footer off the floor.

But the 6-7 Bryant would not have it. He made a 19-footer and added another basket before connecting from 26 and 23 feet to seal Utah's fate.

"It wasn't a real pretty ballgame," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We had a chance to get back in the ballgame and Kobe made some big shots. You know, you take those away and we have a decent chance but it wasn't a very good NBA basketball game."

The Lakers avenged their first loss of the season, a 97-92 setback to the Jazz here on November 1.

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