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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 31 23 37 31 122 NEW JERSEY 36 19 24 36 115 FINAL


UTAH (122) AT NEW JERSEY (115)

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

KEEFE F 34 3-5 2-2 2 3 5 2 5 0 3 8 MALONE F 40 12-23 8-11 3 9 12 3 3 0 2 32 FOSTER C 21 3-4 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 9 HORNACEK G 31 8-12 7-8 2 1 3 4 1 0 1 23 STOCKTON G 29 7-9 2-2 2 4 6 9 4 0 1 17 EISLEY 21 5-8 4-4 0 0 0 2 2 2 3 14 CARR 20 3-3 1-1 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 7 RUSSELL 27 3-6 3-5 2 4 6 0 2 3 1 10 ANDERSON 17 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 MORRIS DNP - VIOLATED TEAM RULES VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-74 30-37 14 23 37 21 27 7 14 122 (.608) (.811) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 36 6-13 1-2 2 3 5 5 4 3 0 14 VAN HORN F 37 10-16 2-4 2 3 5 4 4 0 2 23 CAGE C 32 2-5 2-2 5 2 7 0 1 0 0 6 KITTLES G 34 7-14 4-5 2 2 4 2 2 2 1 22 CASSELL G 34 12-22 5-5 2 0 2 7 4 0 3 29 GATLING 20 4-5 1-2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 9 DOUGLAS 17 2-4 2-4 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 6 EVANS 13 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 1 0 4 HARRIS 12 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 MACLEAN 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 SEIKALY DNP - BONE CONTUSION RIGHT FOOT J WILLIAMS DNP - STRAINED ABDOMINAL

TOTALS 240 46-88 17-24 17 13 30 26 25 9 10 115 (.523) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(17 PTS)

UTAH 31 23 37 31 - 122 NEW JERSEY 36 19 24 36 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - FOSTER 2, MALONE, CARR, RUSSELL, ANDERSON. NEW JERSEY - GILL, CAGE, KITTLES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-6 (.333), STOCKTON 1-2, EISLEY 0-1, RUSSELL 1-3. NEW JERSEY 6-16 (.375), GILL 1-3, VAN HORN 1-4, KITTLES 4-6, CASSELL 0-1, EVANS 0-1, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: ED MIDDLETON, RODDY MOTT, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 20,049. T - 2:14.


UTAH (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 34 3-5 2-2 2-5 2 5 8 Malone 40 12-23 8-11 3-12 3 3 32 Foster 21 3-4 3-4 1-2 0 3 9 Hornacek 31 8-12 7-8 2-3 4 1 23 Stockton 29 7-9 2-2 2-6 9 4 17 Eisley 21 5-8 4-4 0-0 2 2 14 Carr 20 3-3 1-1 2-3 1 4 7 Russell 27 3-6 3-5 2-6 0 2 10 Anderson 17 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Morris DNP - violated team rules Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-74 30-37 14-37 21 27 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.608, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Stockton 1-2, Eisley 0-1, Russell 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Foster 2, Malone, Carr, Russell, Anderson). Turnovers: 14 (Eisley 3, Keefe 3, Anderson 2, Malone 2, Foster, Hornacek, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 7 (Russell 3, Eisley 2, Carr, Foster).

NEW JERSEY (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 36 6-13 1-2 2-5 5 4 14 Van Horn 37 10-16 2-4 2-5 4 4 23 Cage 32 2-5 2-2 5-7 0 1 6 Kittles 34 7-14 4-5 2-4 2 2 22 Cassell 34 12-22 5-5 2-2 7 4 29 Gatling 20 4-5 1-2 1-2 2 1 9 Douglas 17 2-4 2-4 0-1 2 3 6 Evans 13 2-3 0-0 1-1 3 2 4 Harris 12 1-6 0-0 1-1 1 3 2 Maclean 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Seikaly DNP - bone contusion right foot J Williams DNP - strained abdominal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-88 17-24 17-30 26 25 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.523, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Gill 1-3, Van Horn 1-4, Kittles 4-6, Cassell 0-1, Evans 0-1, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Gill, Cage, Kittles). Turnovers: 10 (Cassell 3, Gatling 2, Harris 2, Van Horn 2, Kittles). Steals: 9 (Gill 3, Harris 2, Kittles 2, Evans, Gatling). ____________________________________________ Utah 31 23 37 31 - 122 New Jersey 36 19 24 36 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 9:17 2nd, 4:19 3rd, 0:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:14. Officials: Ed Middleton, Roddy Mott, Dan Crawford.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Hornacek scored 11 of his 23 points in the decisive third quarter as the Utah Jazz built a double-digit lead before holding off the New Jersey Nets, 122-115, for their 13th win in 14 games.

Utah trailed by one point at halftime but outscored New Jersey 37-24 in the third quarter to improve to 4-0 on its five-game road trip.

"I think we were more patient (in the second half)," said Malone. "I think we were patient and all of a sudden in that second half, we kept it rolling. It's tough sometimes playing catch-up."

The Jazz, who shot 61 percent (45-of-74) from the field, posted their eighth consecutive win over the Nets and their fifth in a row overall.

"When you're out on the road, any team is difficult," said Utah coach Jerry Sloan, whose team won its sixth straight road game. "You think you have a comfort zone, but if you don't execute when out on the road, especially our team, you are in trouble."

Trailing 55-54 at halftime, the Jazz took their first lead of the game when Hornacek drilled a 20-footer 24 seconds into the third quarter. It ignited a 10-3 run, but New Jersey pulled within 66-64 on Michael Cage's lay-in. Utah answered with a 10-4 burst and took a 76-68 advantage on Hornacek's free throw with 4:19 left in the period.

Sam Cassell scored 16 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and Kerry Kittles added half of his 22 in the final 91 seconds for New Jersey, which got within three twice in the final 1 1/2 minutes before going down to its fourth straight loss.

Keith Van Horn netted 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Kendall Gill added 14 points, but could not prevent New Jersey from suffering its season-high fourth straight loss.

"I think what happened in the third quarter was that we weren't getting back on defense," said Van Horn. "We let them get a lot of easy buckets, and easy buckets led to fouls. They weren't killing us in the halfcourt. Karl Malone was doing his thing, but overall, we did a good job in halfcourt defense. We just weren't getting back."

The Jazz took their biggest lead late in the third quarter when Malone's fallaway jumper made it 88-75. They led 91-79 after three quarters but had the margin trimmed to 104-100 on a jumper by Cassell with 3:45 to play. That ended a stretch in which Cassell scored seven straight points for the Nets.

Antoine Carr and John Stockton, who had 17 points and nine assists, answered with baskets to squelch the rally. But the Nets were able mount another comeback, narrowing the gap to 118-115 on two foul shots by Kittles with 13.5 seconds to go. Utah iced it on two free throws apiece by Hornacek and Howard Eisley.

Utah spent much of the third quarter at the foul line, going 17-for-21. The Jazz were 30-of-37 at the line overall, led by Malone's 8-of-11 effort. They pulled down 37 rebounds to 30 for New Jersey, which had a season-low 13 defensive boards.

The Nets, who shot 52 percent (46-of-88) from the floor, hit their first 10 shots of the game and built a 22-11 advantage on a bucket by Gill nearly six minutes in.

New Jersey again was without center Jayson Williams, who is out indefinitely with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in Tuesday's loss at New York.

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