Utah 88, L.A. Lakers 83
SALT LAKE CITY, Mar. 8 (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal
could not control
his temper and the Los Angeles Lakers could not control the
tempo without him.
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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
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
and promptly was ejected by referee Bob
"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
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
"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
Without O'Neal to clog the lane at both ends of the floor, the
Jazz scored 11 straight points while the Lakers missed five
"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
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
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
scored 17 points and Kirilenko had 15 points, 14
rebounds and five blocks as the Jazz won for the fifth time in
had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds and
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.