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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        22   16   17   28    83   
     UTAH             14   25   18   31    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - GARY PAYTON 21, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 16, 
                      DEREK FISHER 13
                UTH - GORDAN GIRICEK 21, RAUL LOPEZ 17, ANDREI
                      KIRILENKO 15

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 10, GARY PAYTON 6, LUKE
                      WALTON 5
                UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 14, GREG OSTERTAG 10, 
                      GORDAN GIRICEK 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - GARY PAYTON 7, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                UTH - RAUL LOPEZ 5, CARLOS ARROYO 3, RAJA BELL
                      3

         ATT:   19,911

Box Score

LA LAKERS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 L Walton 38 3-8 1-2 2-5 2 6 7 S O'Neal 28 5-12 6-11 5-10 4 4 16 G Payton 42 6-18 8-10 0-6 7 1 21 K Rush 42 5-11 0-0 1-4 1 3 12 B Cook 21 3-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 B Russell 12 2-4 1-2 0-3 0 2 6 D Fisher 23 4-9 5-6 0-1 1 3 13 D George 17 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 H Grant DNP - HIP FLEXOR STRAIN K Bryant DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT SHOULDER S Medvedenko DNP - RESPIRATORY INFECTION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 21-31 10-35 17 26 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (L Walton 0-1, G Payton 1-2, K Rush 2-4, B Russell 1-1, D Fisher 0-2, D George 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:5 (S O'Neal 2, K Rush 2, D George). Turnovers:19 (S O'Neal 4, G Payton 4, D George 3, B Cook 3, D Fisher 2, R Fox, B Russell, K Rush). Steals: 5 (R Fox, G Payton, D George, K Rush, B Cook). UTAH (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 40 4-13 7-9 3-14 2 3 15 T Gugliotta 16 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 J Collins 11 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 C Arroyo 19 0-6 1-2 0-1 3 1 1 A Pavlovic 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 G Giricek 34 7-17 6-6 1-6 2 1 21 G Ostertag 29 2-4 3-4 2-10 0 4 7 R Bell 33 4-9 5-6 0-2 3 2 13 M Moore 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 R Lopez 27 5-9 7-7 0-1 5 2 17 M Ruffin 8 0-0 0-0 2-3 1 4 0 M Williams 10 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 29-34 11-43 18 29 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (A Kirilenko 0-2, C Arroyo 0-1, G Giricek 1-2, R Bell 0-2, R Lopez 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:9 (A Kirilenko 5, R Bell 2, G Ostertag, M Ruffin). Turnovers:17 (R Bell 5, A Kirilenko 4, G Giricek 3, G Ostertag 2, R Lopez 2, M Ruffin). Steals: 11 (G Giricek 4, R Bell 3, M Moore, R Lopez, C Arroyo, A Kirilenko). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 22 16 17 28 - 83 UTAH 14 25 18 31 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Lakers - 3 (G Payton, 0:06 4th; S O'Neal (ejected), 3:57 4th; S O'Neal, 5:11 4th). Utah - 2 (Delay Of Game, 0:24 2nd; R Bell, 0:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:27. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derek Collins, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (83) AT UTAH (88) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 L WALTON F 38 3-8 1-2 2 3 5 2 6 0 0 7 S O'NEAL C 28 5-12 6-11 5 5 10 4 4 0 4 16 G PAYTON G 42 6-18 8-10 0 6 6 7 1 1 4 21 K RUSH G 42 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 12 B COOK 21 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 3 6 B RUSSELL 12 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 6 D FISHER 23 4-9 5-6 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 13 D GEORGE 17 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 3 0 H GRANT DNP - HIP FLEXOR STRAIN K BRYANT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT SHOULDER S MEDVEDENKO DNP - RESPIRATORY INFECTION TOTALS 240 29-72 21-31 10 25 35 17 26 5 19 83 (.403) (.677) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 19 (19 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A KIRILENKO F 40 4-13 7-9 3 11 14 2 3 1 4 15 T GUGLIOTTA F 16 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2 J COLLINS C 11 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 4 C ARROYO G 19 0-6 1-2 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 1 A PAVLOVIC G 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 G GIRICEK 34 7-17 6-6 1 5 6 2 1 4 3 21 G OSTERTAG 29 2-4 3-4 2 8 10 0 4 0 2 7 R BELL 33 4-9 5-6 0 2 2 3 2 3 5 13 M MOORE 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 2 R LOPEZ 27 5-9 7-7 0 1 1 5 2 1 2 17 M RUFFIN 8 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 1 0 M WILLIAMS 10 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 4 TOTALS 240 29-74 29-34 11 32 43 18 29 11 17 88 (.392) (.853) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (14 PTS) LA LAKERS 22 16 17 28 - 83 UTAH 14 25 18 31 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 2, K RUSH 2, D GEORGE. UTAH - A KIRILENKO 5, R BELL 2, G OSTERTAG, M RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), L WALTON 0-1, G PAYTON 1- 2, K RUSH 2-4, B RUSSELL 1-1, D FISHER 0-2, D GEORGE 0-1. UTAH 1-8 (. 125), A KIRILENKO 0-2, C ARROYO 0-1, G GIRICEK 1-2, R BELL 0-2, R LOPEZ 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - G PAYTON, S O'NEAL (EJECTED) 2. UTAH - DELAY OF GAME, R BELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DEREK COLLINS, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,911. T - 2:27.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal could not control his temper and the Los Angeles Lakers could not control the tempo without him. After O'Neal was ejected for receiving his second technical foul of the fourth quarter, the Utah Jazz reeled off 11 consecutive points to take control and held on for an 88-83 victory over the Lakers. O'Neal clearly was frustrated with the physical play of the Jazz and was given a technical foul for arguing with officials with 5:11 remaining. He was tossed just 74 seconds later after trying to take matters into his own hands. After picking up a loose ball under the basket, O'Neal turned for a thunderous one-handed dunk. As he landed, the 340-pound center brought his right elbow down on the head of Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko and promptly was ejected by referee Bob Delaney. "Bob Delaney's known to be very prejudiced against Shaquille," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We know that, so we wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't a good call, but I'm not going to make a comment on that right now. There was contact, but it wasn't deliberate." O'Neal did not talk to the media following the game. The questionable play play may have been retaliation after Kirilenko fouled O'Neal hard on Los Angeles' previous trip down the court. "It wasn't so hard," Kirilenko said of the elbow he took to the head. "It was tough, but I get used to that. Every night I get beaten. Last night in Portland I cut my elbow, so every night it's something." Without O'Neal to clog the lane at both ends of the floor, the Jazz scored 11 straight points while the Lakers missed five consecutive shots. "Obviously when O'Neal went out of the ballgame that sort of turned things around," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "You aren't going to get too many breaks playing against him because he's a great player." Gordan Giricek buried a jumper to give Utah the lead for good at 73-72 with 2:47 remaining. Kirilenko extended the lead with 1:54 left when he buried a tough fallaway jumper from the right corner as the shot clock expired. "Kirilenko hit a (heck) of a shot with the buzzer running down," Jackson said. "That was really the essence of the ballgame. It was a situation where he threw up a Hail Mary. It was answered." Giricek scored six of his 21 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes and Utah sealed the win by making 13-of-14 free throws in the last 59 seconds. O'Neal collected 16 points and 10 rebounds but his ejection was a crushing blow to the Lakers, who already were without injured starters Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. Raul Lopez scored 17 points and Kirilenko had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Jazz won for the fifth time in seven games. Gary Payton had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Derek Fisher scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers, who opened a four-game road trip with just their third loss in 13 games.


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