Jazz 96, Lakers 92

... FG FT RebUTAH Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Karl Malone 42 9-20 14-15 1-14 5 5 32

Bryon Russell 34 2-8 4-4 1-3 0 2 8

Greg Foster 9 2-3 0-1 1-2 0 3 4

Jeff Hornacek 33 5-11 5-5 0-2 2 3 15

John Stockton 27 1-4 6-6 1-2 8 3 8

Greg Ostertag 30 5-7 1-2 4-7 1 3 11

Howard Eisley 21 3-5 0-0 0-1 5 4 9

Shandon Anderson 15 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 2

Chris Morris 14 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 5

Antoine Carr 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 6 2

Totals 240 31-65 30-33 8-34 23 32 96

Percentages: FG .477, FT .909. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Eisley 3-4, Morris 1-1, Hornacek 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 5, Hornacek, Carr). Turnovers: 13 (Stockton 3, Eisley 3, Ostertag 2, Anderson 2, Malone, Foster, team). Steals: 2 (Malone, Eisley). Technical fouls: Hornacek, 1:05 third. Flagrant fouls: Malone, 8:10 first. Illegal defense: None.

... FG FT Reb

L.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Robert Horry 22 0-1 2-2 3-8 2 3 2

Rick Fox 29 3-9 0-0 1-5 3 4 8

Shaquille O'Neal 39 14-24 10-18 3-7 1 4 38

Eddie Jones 46 8-16 2-2 1-4 6 2 19

Derek Fisher 18 1-7 0-0 1-1 1 4 3

Corie Blount 24 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 4 0

Nick Van Exel 30 3-8 3-4 0-0 5 2 11

Elden Campbell 13 1-7 3-4 3-6 0 3 5

Kobe Bryant 19 2-2 2-3 0-1 0 3 6

Totals 240 32-74 22-33 13-37 18 29 92

Percentages: FG .432, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Van Exel 2-4, Fox 2-5, Fisher 1-2, Jones 1-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Jones 3, Horry, O'Neal, Blount, Campbell, Bryant). Turnovers: 8 (Bryant 3, Horry 2, Jones, Van Exel, team). Steals: 8 (Fox, O'Neal, Jones, Fisher, Blount, Van Exel, Campbell, Bryant). Technical fouls: Coach Harris, 7:36 third; Campbell, 1:05 third. Flagrant fouls: O'Neal, 2:31 first.

Illegal defense: 1.

Utah 20 27 20 29-96

L.A. Lakers 18 20 19 35-92

A-17,505 (17,505). T-2:29.

Officials-Joe Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, Jack Nies.

Playoff stats

Game 4 Game Points in Biggest Second chance Fast-break

... score the paint lead points points

Jazz 96 42 13 10 9

Lakers 92 38 4 6 6

Key matchup

Game 4

Position: Forward/Center

... Karl Malone Shaquille O'Neal Minutes 42 39

Points 32 38

Field goals 14 10

3-pointers 0 0

Rebounds 14 7

Fouls 5 4

Assists 5 1

Turnovers 1 0

Quarter-by-Quarter

1st quarter: Neither team gets much going offensively. Point guard Derek Fisher hits L.A.'s first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, as the Lakers take the early lead. The Jazz keep it close. When Karl Malone makes a pair of free throws with 2:31 remaining after a flagrant foul on Shaquille O'Neal, the game is tied, 18-18. Utah never trails again. A pair of Bryon Russell free throws gives the Jazz a 20-18 lead entering the second period. Malone scores eight in the quarter with six boards. O'Neal has eight points too.

2nd quarter: Utah scores the first eight points of the quarter - six on a pair of 3-pointers by Howard Eisley - as they open up a 10-point lead in a hurry. The Forum crowd gets quieter than usual. Eisley finishes the quarter with nine points in seven minutes on three treys. Malone scores 10 points for the Jazz. He makes 3-of-4 shots from the field and the Jazz shoot 64.3 percent from the floor as a team. The Lakers, meanwhile, make only 36.8 percent from the floor. Utah leads by nine at the half as the Lakers are booed off the court by their hometown fans.

3rd quarter: The Jazz outscore the Lakers for the third consecutive quarter, although by only one point this time. Utah's shooting percentage drops to 35 percent for the period, but they still manage to outshoot the Lakers. O'Neal picks up his fourth foul with 7:48 remaining and sits for much of the period. The Jazz lead the entire period and by double figures most of the way. Bryon Russell and Jeff Hornacek combine for 11 points for the Jazz. Utah enters the final period with a 10-point lead, 67-57.

4th quarter: A Chris Morris 3-pointer to open the period gives the Jazz their biggest lead of the game, 70-57. The Lakers go on an 11-4 run, however, as the Jazz lead is down to six with nearly nine minutes to play. John Stockton's first (and only ) bucket of the game comes just seconds after he returns back to action to put the Jazz back up eight. Utah sends O'Neal to the foul line time and time again in the final period. He makes 7 of 12. When he hits one of two from the line with 1:11 left, Utah's lead is cut to four. Shaq has the chance to cut the lead to one with 27.6 seconds left, but he bricks a pair. Long-time Jazz standouts Stockton and Malone put the game away with four straight free throws and Greg Foster finishes the game with a slam dunk exclamation point.

Quotable

"Then (after they win a title) we can uncork the champagne. Our next game is our biggest. It's the one in front of us. We can't look down the road at all. There's a long road still ahead."

Jeff Hornacek

Jazz guard