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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 31 27 23 19 100 UTAH 18 27 37 36 118 FINAL


BOSTON (100) AT UTAH (118)

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

THOMAS F 9 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 3 WALKER F 41 6-18 3-4 4 5 9 1 3 0 3 15 KNIGHT C 29 2-3 3-4 5 4 9 3 2 2 1 7 BILLUPS G 30 4-9 5-5 0 2 2 9 4 1 3 15 BROWN G 32 4-10 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 12 DECLERCQ 15 3-5 0-0 2 5 7 0 5 2 3 6 MERCER 29 8-15 8-8 1 4 5 1 2 2 0 24 BARROS 18 2-6 6-8 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 10 MCCARTY 14 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 BOWEN 13 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 MINOR 10 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 6 EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 28-33 12 24 36 21 30 13 17 100 (.442) (.848) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

KEEFE F 27 4-7 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 8 MALONE F 38 11-16 9-12 2 10 12 4 2 2 1 31 FOSTER C 26 6-10 4-5 0 4 4 0 1 1 1 16 HORNACEK G 19 1-4 5-5 0 2 2 4 3 0 2 7 STOCKTON G 33 3-5 8-10 0 3 3 9 3 1 2 14 ANDERSON 11 2-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 6 EISLEY 30 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 10 4 0 4 7 MORRIS 10 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 4 RUSSELL 25 4-7 8-9 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 17 CARR 19 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 6 VAUGHN 2 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 OSTERTAG DNP - INJURED LEFT FIBULA

TOTALS 240 39-67 38-45 6 28 34 31 27 8 20 118 (.582) (.844) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(26 PTS)

BOSTON 31 27 23 19 - 100 UTAH 18 27 37 36 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - THOMAS, WALKER, KNIGHT, BILLUPS, BROWN, MERCER. UTAH - KEEFE, ANDERSON, CARR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-20 (.200), WALKER 0-3, BILLUPS 2-6, BROWN 2-6, DECLERCQ 0-1, BARROS 0-1, MCCARTY 0-2, MINOR 0-1. UTAH 2-5 (.400), EISLEY 1-1, MORRIS 0-1, RUSSELL 1-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 5, WALKER, UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN 2 (EJECTED), MALONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, WOODY MAYFIELD, JIM CLARK. A - 19,911. T - 2:20.


BOSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 9 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 4 3 Walker 41 6-18 3-4 4-9 1 3 15 Knight 29 2-3 3-4 5-9 3 2 7 Billups 30 4-9 5-5 0-2 9 4 15 Brown 32 4-10 2-2 0-1 2 2 12 Declercq 15 3-5 0-0 2-7 0 5 6 Mercer 29 8-15 8-8 1-5 1 2 24 Barros 18 2-6 6-8 0-0 2 2 10 Mccarty 14 0-2 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Bowen 13 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Minor 10 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 Edney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 28-33 12-36 21 30 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Walker 0-3, Billups 2-6, Brown 2-6, Declercq 0-1, Barros 0-1, Mccarty 0-2, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Thomas, Walker, Knight, Billups, Brown, Mercer). Turnovers: 17 (Billups 3, Declercq 3, Walker 3, Barros 2, Brown 2, Knight, Mccarty, Minor, Thomas). Steals: 13 (Brown 2, Declercq 2, Knight 2, Mercer 2, Barros, Billups, Bowen, Mccarty, Thomas).

UTAH (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 27 4-7 0-0 2-3 2 3 8 Malone 38 11-16 9-12 2-12 4 2 31 Foster 26 6-10 4-5 0-4 0 1 16 Hornacek 19 1-4 5-5 0-2 4 3 7 Stockton 33 3-5 8-10 0-3 9 3 14 Anderson 11 2-3 2-2 0-3 0 2 6 Eisley 30 3-6 0-0 0-1 10 4 7 Morris 10 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Russell 25 4-7 8-9 1-3 2 3 17 Carr 19 3-5 0-0 1-1 0 4 6 Vaughn 2 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Ostertag DNP - injured left fibula _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-67 38-45 6-34 31 27 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.582, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Eisley 1-1, Morris 0-1, Russell 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Keefe, Anderson, Carr). Turnovers: 20 (Eisley 4, Keefe 3, Morris 3, Anderson 2, Hornacek 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Foster, Malone). Steals: 8 (Malone 2, Russell 2, Foster, Keefe, Morris, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Boston 31 27 23 19 - 100 Utah 18 27 37 36 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 6 (Illegal Defense 5, 3:40 2nd, 3:27 2nd, 10:49 4th, 9:32 4th, 5:28 4th; Walker, 5:01 3rd). Utah 3 (Head Coach Sloan 2 (ejected), 5:29 2nd, 5:51 3rd; Malone, 6:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:20. Officials: Bill Spooner, Woody Mayfield, Jim Clark.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone scored 18 of his 31 points in the second half and Bryon Russell helped the Utah Jazz pull away in the fourth quarter for their 12th straight victory over the Boston Celtics, 118-100.

Russell scored 13 of his 17 points in the final period for Utah, which also defeated the Celtics for the 10th straight time at home. The Jazz have not lost to Boston at home since January 4th, 1988, when they were still playing at the Salt Palace.

Ron Mercer scored 24 points and Chauncey Billups and Antoine Walker added 15 apiece for the Celtics, who blew a 13-point halftime lead and lost for the sixth time in their last seven road games. They have dropped both games on their eight-game road trip.

"We advocated too much defensively in the post and that really hurt us," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "That's a credit to them. We could not stop Karl Malone in the low post and that really hurt us."

After Malone helped Utah turn a 58-45 halftime deficit into an 82-81 lead with 16 points in the third quarter, Russell took over in the fourth. He hit a pair of free throws and added a layup around John Stockton's free throw as the Jazz scored the first five points of the period. He added two more points in what became a 12-3 surge to open the fourth as Utah opened a 94-84 advantage on Adam Keefe's layup with 7:32 to play.

Mercer stopped that run with a jumper to bring Boston within eight before Utah put the game away with an 16-4 burst. Malone knocked down a jumper for his only points of the fourth to ignite the run, and after another jumper by Mercer, Stockton hit two free throws and Russell added a pair for a 100-88 lead.

"We executed well, but they were beat to the bone," Russell said. "They used all their energy in the first half. Once they ran out of gas, those old diesels we have picked it up and put it in 16 gears."

Another jumper by Mercer sliced the deficit to 10 for the final time, but Howard Eisley buried a three-pointer with 4:12 to go and Russell converted a three-point play to push the lead to 108-90. Eisley added another bucket with 3:05 to play and Antoine Carr's basket capped the run and gave Utah its biggest lead at 110-90 with 2:30 to go.

Mercer, Walker and Dee Brown all had six points in the first quarter as Boston raced out to a 31-18 lead. They still led by 13 at halftime before Malone brought Utah back in the third.

The Jazz had fought back within 70-61 with 7:05 left in the period when coach Jerry Sloan was hit with his second technical foul and ejected. Dana Barros hit the free throw to push the lead back to 10, but Malone fueled a 17-4 spurt with eight points as the Jazz grabbed a 78-75 lead on his layup with 1:59 remaining in the period.

"I probably should have left earlier ... it seemed like we started playing a little better," Sloan said. "This team played really well against us, they did what we expected them to do to start the ballgame. They made us turn the ball over -- we had 16 turnovers at halftime.

"The second half, from what I was able to see on TV, it looked like we did a lot better job. We didn't turn the ball over and we got the ball where it was supposed to go so we could get it inside."

Sloan was asked if he tried to get ejected as a tactic to get the team fired up.

"No, I just wanted to take a nap," he said. "I was very frustrated with the way we were playing. Obviously I didn't belong out there so it was good for me that I did get kicked out."

Stockton finished with 14 points and nine assists and Greg Foster had 16 points for the Jazz, who shot 58 percent (39-of-67) from the field. Eisley handed out 10 assists.

Brown and Barros netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77). Walker and Travis Knight each grabbed nine rebounds, helping Boston win the battle of the boards, 36-34.

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