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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 27 18 19 22 86 WASHINGTON 16 23 31 18 88 FINAL


UTAH (86) AT WASHINGTON (88)

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

KEEFE F 33 3-8 4-5 3 2 5 0 4 0 2 10 MALONE F 40 11-26 4-10 2 11 13 6 3 0 4 26 FOSTER C 22 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 8 HORNACEK G 28 3-9 2-3 1 2 3 5 3 0 2 8 STOCKTON G 17 3-5 1-1 0 1 1 3 5 0 5 7 EISLEY 32 1-4 5-6 2 5 7 6 1 2 4 7 OSTERTAG 5 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 CARR 13 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2 ANDERSON 20 4-5 1-2 0 4 4 1 2 2 2 9 RUSSELL 30 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 5 1 1 5 MORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 17-27 8 34 42 25 30 6 21 86 (.459) (.630) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 21(25 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 35 5-17 1-1 0 2 2 1 4 1 2 11 HOWARD F 45 7-19 7-10 5 2 7 5 4 3 2 21 DAVIS C 36 0-1 5-6 5 8 13 0 5 5 2 5 CHEANEY G 27 5-12 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 10 STRICKLAND G 41 4-16 5-8 2 6 8 13 3 0 7 13 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HAM 9 2-3 0-0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 WHITNEY 7 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 EACKLES 14 3-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 8 T MURRAY 25 4-11 4-5 1 7 8 1 1 0 0 13 WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-89 24-32 20 29 49 22 21 10 14 88 (.348) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

UTAH 27 18 19 22 - 86 WASHINGTON 16 23 31 18 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - KEEFE, HORNACEK, EISLEY, CARR, ANDERSON, RUSSELL. WASHINGTON - WEBBER 5, HOWARD, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-5 (.200), HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2. WASHINGTON 2-9 (.222), WEBBER 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-1, WHITNEY 1-2, T MURRAY 1-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HORNACEK, WASHINGTON - DAVIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, CHEANEY. OFFICIALS: LEROY RICHARDSON, RON OLESIAK, BOB DELANEY. A - 18,756. T - 2:17.


UTAH (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 33 3-8 4-5 3-5 0 4 10 Malone 40 11-26 4-10 2-13 6 3 26 Foster 22 4-9 0-0 0-4 1 2 8 Hornacek 28 3-9 2-3 1-3 5 3 8 Stockton 17 3-5 1-1 0-1 3 5 7 Eisley 32 1-4 5-6 2-7 6 1 7 Ostertag 5 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Carr 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Anderson 20 4-5 1-2 0-4 1 2 9 Russell 30 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 5 5 Morris DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 17-27 8-42 25 30 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 0-1, Russell 1-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 6 (Keefe, Hornacek, Eisley, Carr, Anderson, Russell). Turnovers: 21 (Stockton 5, Eisley 4, Malone 4, Anderson 2, Hornacek 2, Keefe 2, Ostertag, Russell). Steals: 6 (Anderson 2, Eisley 2, Foster, Russell).

WASHINGTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 35 5-17 1-1 0-2 1 4 11 Howard 45 7-19 7-10 5-7 5 4 21 Davis 36 0-1 5-6 5-13 0 5 5 Cheaney 27 5-12 0-0 2-4 0 4 10 Strickland 41 4-16 5-8 2-8 13 3 13 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ham 9 2-3 0-0 4-4 0 0 4 Whitney 7 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Eackles 14 3-6 2-2 1-3 1 0 8 T Murray 25 4-11 4-5 1-8 1 1 13 Wallace DNP - coach's decision Grant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-89 24-32 20-49 22 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.348, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Webber 0-2, Strickland 0-1, Whitney 1-2, T Murray 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Webber 5, Howard, Strickland). Turnovers: 14 (Strickland 7, Davis 2, Howard 2, Webber 2, Cheaney). Steals: 10 (Davis 5, Howard 3, Cheaney, Webber). ____________________________________________ Utah 27 18 19 22 - 86 Washington 16 23 31 18 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Hornacek, 3:47 3rd). Washington 3 (Davis, 3:29 2nd; Illegal Defense, 8:54 3rd; Cheaney, 3:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,756. T: 2:17. Officials: Leroy Richardson, Ron Olesiak, Bob Delaney.


GAME RECAP

Juwan Howard scored four pivotal points late in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 as the Washington Wizards remained unbeaten at the MCI Center with an 88-86 victory over the Utah Jazz, sweeping the season series for the first time in 15 years.

The Jazz took an 82-81 lead with 2:40 to play on a jumper by Shandon Anderson, but Washington reeled off the next six points to take the lead for good. Howard hit a layup and two free throws before Rod Strickland's reverse lay-in gave the Wizards an 87-82 edge with 1:01 to go.

Karl Malone, who had 26 points and 13 rebounds, answered with a short jumper and John Stockton hit a driving one-hander to cut the deficit to one with 10.4 seconds remaining. Strickland made 1-of-2 from the foul line and had a chance to put the game away after Malone missed a wide-open jumper, but he missed two free throws with 2.8 seconds left.

Stockton had a chance to win the game as time expired but his off-balance three-pointer was off the mark, giving Washington its fifth win in as many games since moving to the MCI Center.

"We didn't give up. Utah started out great, but our defense stepped it up," Howard said. "Defense definitely won this one, no ifs, ands or buts."

Strickland registered 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who earned a 90-86 victory in Utah earlier this season. Washington won for just the fourth time in the last 22 meetings against the Jazz and swept the season series for the first time since the 1982-83 campaign.

The Wizards rebounded from an 0-3 road trip, which started with Strickland's highly publicized fight with teammate Tracy Murray. Like his team, Strickland was able to rebound after averaging just 8.3 points and 7.3 assists during the three defeats. With his 13 assists, he improved his league-best average to 10.8 per game.

Strickland vented his frustration regarding ongoing questions involving the situation with Murray.

"It happened, it's over with and I hope the players and the organization really truly leave me the (expletive) alone," Strickland said. "I just want to be left the (expletive) alone. I'm tired of this (stuff). I don't want to hear it anymore, it's behind us.

"They (the Wizards) got my fine money and, yes, they hit me hard," Strickland continued. "The last thing we need is to have this thing just drag on. The only thing that will make it go away is time, because right now, it's a big, hot topic around here."

Strickland's counterpart, Stockton, also missed a three-pointer with just under 30 seconds to play and was plagued by foul trouble in his fourth game back from a knee injury. He finished with just seven points and three assists while committing five fouls and five turnovers in 17 minutes as Utah fell to 2-2 since his return.

Adam Keefe chipped in 10 points for Utah, which shot 46 percent (34-of-74) from the field and limited the Wizards to just 35 percent (31-of-89) but turned the ball over 21 times.

Howard sank two free throws to give Washington its biggest lead of the game, 75-64 with 9:48 to play. But the Jazz responded with a 13-2 burst to tie the game 77-77 on Malone's jumper 4 1/2 minutes later.

However, Malone was made just 10-of-26 from the field and 4-of-10 free throws and Utah hit only 17-of-27 (63 percent) from the line. He led Utah in scoring for the 21st straight game but his team still suffered its third consecutive road loss.

"Down the stretch, I had the ball in my hands a lot and I just didn't do some simple things," Malone said. "Really, truly, nothing I did tonight felt good at all. Nothing, absolutely nothing."

The Jazz raced to a 27-13 lead, but Howard scored 12 first-half points to help Washington pull within 45-39 at halftime.

Wasington trailed 55-50 early in the third quarter before rolling off 12 straight points. Terry Davis, who grabbed 13 rebounds, sank two free throws with 5:58 left to open the run before Strickland hit back-to-back driving layups.

Murray drained a three-pointer and converted a three-point play to cap the spurt with 4:19 left, building a 62-55 lead. Murray scored eight of his 13 points in the third and also grabbed eight boards.

Chris Webber contributed 11 points and five blocks, and Calbert Cheaney chipped in 10 points for Washington, which had a 49-42 rebounding edge and a 20-8 advantage on the offensive end.

"Their offensive rebounding really hurt us; we were getting killed that way," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We looked like a bunch of robins standing there waiting for a worm to drop out of the sky. We had a difficult time because we were hanging out under the basket."

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