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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 23 12 15 23 73 UTAH 27 15 29 21 92 FINAL


PHOENIX (73) AT UTAH (92)

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

MCDYESS F 25 4-10 1-2 0 6 6 0 2 1 1 9 ROBINSON F 25 0-6 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 2 WILLIAMS C 13 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 CHAPMAN G 12 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 KIDD G 31 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 7 JOHNSON 25 3-8 0-0 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 6 MANNING 27 7-15 0-0 2 4 6 3 3 2 1 14 BRYANT 21 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 0 MCCLOUD 16 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 5 SCOTT 22 6-10 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15 NASH 12 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 5 MILIC 11 2-5 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 6

TOTALS 240 31-82 6-8 8 23 31 19 17 9 7 73 (.378) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 7(9 PTS)

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

KEEFE F 24 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 4 MALONE F 31 7-13 5-5 0 7 7 2 2 0 1 19 FOSTER C 32 5-10 2-2 4 11 15 2 1 0 1 12 HORNACEK G 25 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 10 STOCKTON G 20 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 11 0 0 3 5 EISLEY 22 4-6 2-2 0 4 4 4 0 2 2 10 OSTERTAG 18 3-5 1-2 3 1 4 0 0 0 2 7 ANDERSON 25 4-9 1-1 1 3 4 2 1 1 0 9 RUSSELL 24 2-6 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 1 0 5 MORRIS 13 3-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 9 VAUGHN 6 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 2 CARR DNP - SORE RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 36-73 14-16 11 39 50 29 12 4 14 92 (.493) (.875) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

PHOENIX 23 12 15 23 - 73 UTAH 27 15 29 21 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON, WILLIAMS, BRYANT. UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, MALONE, FOSTER, KEEFE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 5-15 (.333), CHAPMAN 0-2, KIDD 1-2, JOHNSON 0-1, MANNING 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-2, SCOTT 3-4, NASH 1-3. UTAH 6-11 (.545), HORNACEK 2-3, STOCKTON 1-1, EISLEY 0-1, ANDERSON 0-2, RUSSELL 1-2, MORRIS 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,911. T - 1:53.


PHOENIX (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 25 4-10 1-2 0-6 0 2 9 Robinson 25 0-6 2-2 0-3 0 0 2 Williams 13 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Chapman 12 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Kidd 31 3-8 0-0 0-1 5 1 7 Johnson 25 3-8 0-0 1-2 4 2 6 Manning 27 7-15 0-0 2-6 3 3 14 Bryant 21 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 3 0 Mccloud 16 2-4 1-2 1-2 1 1 5 Scott 22 6-10 0-0 1-1 0 0 15 Nash 12 2-7 0-0 1-2 2 1 5 Milic 11 2-5 2-2 2-4 1 1 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-82 6-8 8-31 19 17 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Chapman 0-2, Kidd 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Manning 0-1, Mccloud 0-2, Scott 3-4, Nash 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson, Williams, Bryant). Turnovers: 7 (Chapman, Kidd, Manning, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Milic, Scott). Steals: 9 (Manning 2, Chapman, Kidd, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Milic, Nash, Robinson).

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 24 2-3 0-0 0-4 1 1 4 Malone 31 7-13 5-5 0-7 2 2 19 Foster 32 5-10 2-2 4-15 2 1 12 Hornacek 25 4-10 0-0 0-1 4 3 10 Stockton 20 2-2 0-0 0-1 11 0 5 Eisley 22 4-6 2-2 0-4 4 0 10 Ostertag 18 3-5 1-2 3-4 0 0 7 Anderson 25 4-9 1-1 1-4 2 1 9 Russell 24 2-6 0-0 1-5 2 1 5 Morris 13 3-6 1-2 2-4 0 0 9 Vaughn 6 0-3 2-2 0-1 1 3 2 Carr DNP - sore right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 14-16 11-50 29 12 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Hornacek 2-3, Stockton 1-1, Eisley 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Russell 1-2, Morris 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 2, Malone, Foster, Keefe). Turnovers: 14 (Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Morris 2, Ostertag 2, Vaughn 2, Foster, Hornacek, Malone). Steals: 4 (Eisley 2, Anderson, Russell). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 23 12 15 23 - 73 Utah 27 15 29 21 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 1:53. Officials: Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Greg Foster scored half of his 12 points in the decisive third quarter and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz reclaimed a share of first place in the Western Conference with a 92-73 rout of the Phoenix Suns.

Karl Malone, who missed the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms, felt well enough to register 19 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz (51-17), who moved back into a tie with the Seattle SuperSonics for first place in the West. Malone scored 13 points in the first period, including seven in a 15-0 burst that gave Utah the lead for good.

"I thought that was the key to the whole night -- getting off to a fast start," Foster explained. "After you come off a long (five-game) road trip, the first home game is always a difficult one and I think that we took it upon ourselves to bear down mentally early and that helped us."

Foster, who averages just 5.8 points and 3.1 boards per game, hit a layup off a feed from John Stockton to cap Utah's 13-2 run that opened the third period, creating a 55-37 cushion. Foster converted the next two baskets for the Jazz as Phoenix was unable to climb closer than 16 points.

"Anyone who picks themselves up and plays above where they have been playing, that's what you look for in any game, when a guy plays over and above who he really is," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said of Foster. "He went after the basketball. All of a sudden he started rebounding, that's great to see."

Stockton scored all five of his points and handed out three of his 11 assists in that decisive run for Utah, which has won 14 of its last 15 games.

Rex Chapman, the Suns' leading scorer, was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting and left the game in the second quarter with an aggravated left groin. Fellow starter Cliff Robinson was 0-for-6 from the field for two points as Phoenix was held to its lowest point total of the season after scoring just 27 points over the second and third quarters.

"They beat us in every aspect of the game. I didn't recognize our team out there," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "I have no idea what team that was. I think we lacked leadership and we didn't make any shots."

Dennis Scott scored 15 points off the bench to pace the Suns, who have lost five straight road games against teams with winning records. Phoenix sits in fifth place in the Western Conference, dropping two games behind the fourth-place San Antonio Spurs for homecourt advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

"Once they got running and got the crowd behind them it was tough to get back," Scott said. "I think our guys are playing hard but sometimes when you're playing a team like the Jazz, if you let them get 10 to 15 points ahead of you, they execute so well that it's hard to catch up with them."

Utah shot 62 percent (13-of-21) from the floor in the third period while holding Phoenix to 32 percent (6-of-19). The Jazz handed out 10 assists to the Suns' two and owned an 11-5 edge on the boards. Phoenix shot just 38 percent (31-of-82) overall and was outrebounded, 50-31.

Foster pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds on the defensive end, where Utah owned a 39-23 edge. His effort also led the Jazz to a 40-20 advantage in points in the paint.

"I like to shoot the ball and I realized that if I rebound the ball, I'm going to play more," Foster said. "If I play more, I get to shoot more and have more fun."

Phoenix scored the first four points of the game, but Utah reeled off the next 15 to take control. Malone's three-point play capped that run, giving the Jazz a 15-4 lead with 5:52 left in the opening period.

But Jason Kidd scored all seven of his points in the first quarter to help Phoenix pull within 27-23. Danny Manning collected 12 of his 14 points in the first half, but the Suns still trailed at the break, 42-35.

Utah dominated the third quarter to open a 71-50 lead and continued to control the final period. The opening sequence of the fourth quarter was typical of the game, as the Suns forced one of Utah's 14 turnovers to get a 3-on-1 fast break. But Kidd missed a layup, and the Jazz went the other way in transition as Howard Eisley hit a lay-in and was fouled, hitting the free throw to build the lead to 24 points.

Utah led by as many as 29 down the stretch en route to its second win in three games against the Suns this season. Eisley and Jeff Hornacek chipped in 10 points apiece for the Jazz, who scored 24 points on the break to the Suns' four.

"We spent two hours yesterday and an hour this morning working on our offensive execution," Ainge said. "And I didn't recognize our offense out there at all until the fourth quarter when guys who aren't playing very much came in and did a much better job of our execution of our offensive and defensive game."

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