Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Wednesday, December 4th
Lakers85Final
Jazz93
Game 2: Sunday, December 8th
Jazz101Final
Lakers110
Game 3: Saturday, February 1st
Jazz87Final
Lakers99
Game 4: Wednesday, February 19th
Lakers93Final
Jazz87

Jazz 87

 

Lakers 99

(22-23, 15-8 home)

Coverage: FSW

7:30 PM ET, February 1, 2003

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
UTAH 14 21 29 2387
LAL 23 22 28 2699

Top Performers

Utah: K. Malone 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast

Los Angeles: K. Bryant 42 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Shaq adds 21 for streaking Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 42 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 99-87 Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Karl Malone scored 26 points for the Jazz, who made only three of their first 20 shots and went 11-for-38 in the first half after entering with a league-leading .470 field goal percentage.

John Stockton had 14 points and six assists for Utah. The Jazz are 2-1 under assistant coach Phil Johnson, who is guiding the team during Jerry Sloan's seven-game suspension for shoving an official.

The Lakers broke the game open with a 9-0 run that extended their lead to 91-77 after Malone's layup cut the margin to five points. It was the ninth 40-point game this season for Bryant.

The victory put the three-time defending NBA champions within three games of idle Houston for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

Bryant, who set an NBA record for 3-pointers with 12 on Jan. 7 against Seattle, didn't attempt one against the Jazz until he beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 38-footer over Scott Padgett's outstretched arm for a 73-64 lead -- matching Malone's 14 points in the quarter.

Padgett, making his first start this season in place of Matt Harpring, gave the Jazz a 59-58 edge on a 3-pointer from the left sideline that capped a 14-6 run with 4:05 left in the third. But they never led again, as Rick Fox responded with a short running jumper and a 3-pointer 47 seconds apart.

Harpring, Utah's second-leading scorer, missed his first game of the season because of sore lower ribs. The third-year forward was injured in the fourth quarter of Friday's win against Golden State, when he charged into Bob Sura and fouled out.

X-rays taken Saturday were inconclusive, and new ones will be taken Sunday in Salt Lake City on Harpring, who is doubtful for Monday's game against Dallas. He missed only one game last season.

The Lakers, who scored a season-high 124 points in Friday's victory at Sacramento, led the Jazz 45-35 at halftime. Bryant led the way with 16 points, including 10 of 11 from the free throw line.

Utah trailed 23-14 after 12 minutes -- the lowest-scoring first quarter by a Lakers opponent this season. The 39-year-old Malone, who played 40 minutes Friday night against Golden State, missed his first five shots before hitting a 17-footer with 26 seconds left in the quarter. The 14-time All-Star will play in his 1,400th NBA game Monday night.

Game notes
A moment of silence was observed in memory of the seven astronauts who died Saturday aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia, which was built in Southern California and made 13 landings at Edwards Air Force Base _ including the first mission in April 1981. ... The Lakers (22-23) have to win their next two games at Indiana and New York to avoid going into the All-Star break under .500 for the first time since 1993-94, when Randy Pfund coached the team. They finished that season 33-49 after losing their last 10 games under interim coach Magic Johnson. ... The worst record ever at the All-Star break by a team that ended up in the finals was 17-28, by the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers. ... Utah's Mark Jackson needs 76 assists to pass Magic Johnson for second place on the career list behind Jazz Stockton. ... The Lakers did not allow a 3-point basket for the second time this season. They also blanked the Wizards on Nov. 8 at Washington. It was the sixth game in which the Jazz did not score from behind the arc.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
LAL
Points 87 99
FGM-FGA 30-76 (.395) 36-70 (.514)
3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 4-8 (.500)
FTM-FTA 25-33 (.758) 23-30 (.767)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 9-39
Assists 23 22
Turnovers 13 13
Steals 5 8
Blocks 4 7
Fast Break Points 2 3
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 28 (2/0)

Top Performers

Utah
Los Angeles
Karl Malone Malone
Points: 26
Reb: 9
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 42
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 1