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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 21 28 26 16 91 DENVER 20 19 25 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 20, JEFF HORNACEK 17 DEN - ERIC WILLIAMS 25, BOBBY JACKSON 15


UTAH (91) AT DENVER (89)

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

RUSSELL F 27 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 11 MALONE F 40 7-13 6-9 3 8 11 3 4 2 2 20 OSTERTAG C 15 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 0 EISLEY G 30 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 6 4 0 7 11 HORNACEK G 36 8-13 1-2 0 3 3 4 5 2 4 17 FOSTER 13 2-5 2-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 6 VAUGHN 18 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 KEEFE 15 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 ANDERSON 17 5-9 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 2 1 10 CARR 24 5-8 1-3 1 4 5 2 1 0 1 11 MORRIS 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 HUDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-69 16-22 7 26 33 20 33 9 22 91 (.522) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(24 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 29 6-13 1-1 4 2 6 3 4 1 2 13 WILLIAMS F 36 6-16 13-16 2 2 4 6 1 3 3 25 GARRETT C 42 2-6 2-2 3 6 9 3 2 1 0 6 JACKSON G 38 7-17 1-2 0 4 4 4 3 2 1 15 STITH G 38 4-11 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 2 4 8 FORTSON 21 3-8 6-6 2 6 8 1 2 0 5 12 NEWMAN 22 3-6 4-6 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 10 GOLDWIRE 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 LAUDERDALE 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WOLF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 27-33 14 25 39 19 19 9 17 89 (.383) (.818) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

UTAH 21 28 26 16 - 91 DENVER 20 19 25 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 3, CARR 3, OSTERTAG 2, RUSSELL 2, FOSTER, ANDERSON. DENVER - BATTIE 3, GARRETT 3, STITH 2, JACKSON, FORTSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-7 (.429), RUSSELL 1-3, EISLEY 1-1, HORNACEK 0-1, VAUGHN 0-1, MORRIS 1-1. DENVER 0-2 (.000), JACKSON 0-1, STITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ASSISTANT COACH HANZLIK. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 10,317. T - 2:20.


UTAH (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 27 3-7 4-4 0-0 0 3 11 Malone 40 7-13 6-9 3-11 3 4 20 Ostertag 15 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 5 0 Eisley 30 4-7 2-2 0-1 6 4 11 Hornacek 36 8-13 1-2 0-3 4 5 17 Foster 13 2-5 2-2 1-4 0 4 6 Vaughn 18 0-3 0-0 0-2 4 1 0 Keefe 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Anderson 17 5-9 0-0 2-3 0 3 10 Carr 24 5-8 1-3 1-5 2 1 11 Morris 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Hudson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-69 16-22 7-33 20 33 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Russell 1-3, Eisley 1-1, Hornacek 0-1, Vaughn 0-1, Morris 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 12 (Malone 3, Carr 3, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Foster, Anderson). Turnovers: 22 (Eisley 7, Hornacek 4, Malone 2, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, Anderson, Carr, Foster, Morris, Ostertag). Steals: 9 (Anderson 2, Hornacek 2, Malone 2, Keefe, Russell, Vaughn).

DENVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 29 6-13 1-1 4-6 3 4 13 Williams 36 6-16 13-16 2-4 6 1 25 Garrett 42 2-6 2-2 3-9 3 2 6 Jackson 38 7-17 1-2 0-4 4 3 15 Stith 38 4-11 0-0 1-4 2 3 8 Fortson 21 3-8 6-6 2-8 1 2 12 Newman 22 3-6 4-6 2-3 0 3 10 Goldwire 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lauderdale 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wolf 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Washington DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 27-33 14-39 19 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (Jackson 0-1, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (Battie 3, Garrett 3, Stith 2, Jackson, Fortson). Turnovers: 17 (Fortson 5, Stith 4, Williams 3, Battie 2, Goldwire, Jackson, Newman). Steals: 9 (Williams 3, Jackson 2, Stith 2, Battie, Garrett). ____________________________________________ Utah 21 28 26 16 - 91 Denver 20 19 25 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Assistant Coach Hanzlik, 4:38 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,317. T: 2:20. Officials: Hugh Evans, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone scored 20 points and Jeff Hornacek added 17 as the Utah Jazz defeated the winless Denver Nuggets for the second time this season, 91-89.

Malone had 16 points over the first three quarters, while Hornacek did all of his scoring in the first three periods for the Jazz, who built an 11-point lead entering the fourth.

The defending Western Conference champions won for the first time in three road games this season. The Jazz lost their previous two road games by an average of 19.5 points.

Eric Williams led the Nuggets with 25 points and rookie Bobby Jackson added 15. Williams did most of his damage from the free-throw line where he hit 13-of-16 attempts.

The Jazz led 75-64 after three quarters and they matched their largest advantage of the game when Malone hit a jumper to push the lead to 82-68 with 8:33 remaining.

But the Nuggets answered with a 16-2 burst, capped by two free throws by Williams with 2:14 remaining to forge into an 84-84 tie. Malone connected on two free throws with two minutes left to give Utah a 86-84 lead, but Dean Garrett sank two foul shots to tie it again with 1:44 left.

The Nuggets had a chance to go ahead as Bryant Stith stole Howard Eisley's pass, but Utah's Bryon Russell blocked Jackson's shot with 81 seconds left.

Russell's three-pointer with 1:11 remaining put Utah ahead for good. He added a pair of foul shots for a 91-86 cushion with 56 seconds left.

"We didn't try to let them back in, they hung in and kept battling," Hornacek said. "They got themselves back in the game, and then Bryon hit the big three for us."

Tony Battie's three-point play with 52 seconds left brought the Nuggets within 91-89 and, after a Williams steal, the Nuggets had a chance to tie. But Battie's layup at the buzzer rolled off the rim.

"We tried to run a quick pick-and-roll," said Denver coach Bill Hanzlik. "It worked well to get Tony out on the screen. Malone got out late and Tony was open."

"This is the hardest we've played together for four quarters," Battie said. "Utah was the better ballclub tonight, but we fought hard."

The Jazz led 21-20 after one quarter and built the lead to 49-39 at halftime behind 10 points from Hornacek, who finished 8-for-13 from the floor.

Utah shot 52 percent (36-for-69) from the field, while the Nuggets connected on 38 percent of their shots (31-for-81).

"We had to have a little luck to win, and it's nice to have luck," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. "We got into trouble in the second half just reaching on defense."

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