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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 19 22 14 75 UTAH 21 26 28 22 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - LAPHONSO ELLIS 17, DANNY FORTSON 17 UTH - KARL MALONE 22, JEFF HORNACEK 15


Box Score

DENVER (75) AT UTAH (97)

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

L ELLIS F 39 8-17 1-2 3 10 13 1 1 2 3 17 FORTSON F 35 5-14 7-8 7 2 9 0 4 3 2 17 D GARRETT C 30 1-5 4-4 0 7 7 0 3 0 0 6 ALEXANDER G 32 1-8 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 2 1 5 GOLDWIRE G 32 1-7 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 NEWMAN 29 4-10 3-4 1 0 1 0 5 3 1 12 JACKSON 21 2-11 0-0 2 1 3 4 2 0 0 4 BATTIE 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 WOLF 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 STITH 13 1-6 4-4 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 6 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-82 23-26 15 25 40 12 25 10 9 75 (.305) (.885) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

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

KEEFE F 23 1-7 2-2 3 3 6 0 1 0 1 4 MALONE F 34 9-17 4-7 0 6 6 2 2 0 2 22 FOSTER C 22 2-5 1-2 3 2 5 1 2 0 4 5 HORNACEK G 24 5-7 5-5 0 2 2 5 2 1 2 15 STOCKTON G 27 2-4 1-1 1 2 3 7 3 2 0 6 EISLEY 17 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 9 5 0 2 5 OSTERTAG 24 3-4 0-1 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 6 ANDERSON 24 5-8 2-4 0 4 4 4 0 2 2 12 RUSSELL 25 3-5 4-4 0 7 7 0 2 0 0 11 MORRIS 16 4-6 2-3 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 11 VAUGHN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 CARR DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 35-65 24-33 9 36 45 29 22 6 17 97 (.538) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

DENVER 20 19 22 14 - 75 UTAH 21 26 28 22 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - L ELLIS 4. UTAH - OSTERTAG 7, MALONE 2, FOSTER, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-10 (.200), L ELLIS 0-2, ALEXANDER 1-3, GOLDWIRE 0-1, NEWMAN 1-1, JACKSON 0-2, STITH 0-1. UTAH 3-6 (.500), STOCKTON 1-1, ANDERSON 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2, MORRIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, ED F RUSH, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,911. T - 2:04.


Agate Box Score

DENVER (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 39 8-17 1-2 3-13 1 1 17 Fortson 35 5-14 7-8 7-9 0 4 17 D Garrett 30 1-5 4-4 0-7 0 3 6 Alexander 32 1-8 2-2 0-2 4 3 5 Goldwire 32 1-7 2-2 1-1 1 2 4 Newman 29 4-10 3-4 1-1 0 5 12 Jackson 21 2-11 0-0 2-3 4 2 4 Battie 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Wolf 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Stith 13 1-6 4-4 0-2 2 1 6 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-82 23-26 15-40 12 25 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.305, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (L Ellis 0-2, Alexander 1-3, Goldwire 0-1, Newman 1-1, Jackson 0-2, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (L Ellis 4). Turnovers: 10 (L Ellis 3, Fortson 2, Alexander, Goldwire, Newman, Wolf). Steals: 10 (Fortson 3, Newman 3, Alexander 2, L Ellis 2).

UTAH (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 23 1-7 2-2 3-6 0 1 4 Malone 34 9-17 4-7 0-6 2 2 22 Foster 22 2-5 1-2 3-5 1 2 5 Hornacek 24 5-7 5-5 0-2 5 2 15 Stockton 27 2-4 1-1 1-3 7 3 6 Eisley 17 1-2 3-4 0-1 9 5 5 Ostertag 24 3-4 0-1 1-8 0 2 6 Anderson 24 5-8 2-4 0-4 4 0 12 Russell 25 3-5 4-4 0-7 0 2 11 Morris 16 4-6 2-3 1-3 0 3 11 Vaughn 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Carr DNP - strained right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-65 24-33 9-45 29 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Stockton 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Russell 1-2, Morris 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 11 (Ostertag 7, Malone 2, Foster, Anderson). Turnovers: 17 (Foster 4, Anderson 2, Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Keefe, Morris, Vaughn). Steals: 6 (Anderson 2, Stockton 2, Hornacek, Morris). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 19 22 14 - 75 Utah 21 26 28 22 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 2:44 3rd, 4:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:04. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Ed F Rush, Violet Palmer.


Game Recap

Karl Malone scored 22 points and Jeff Hornacek contributed 15 as the Utah Jazz cruised to a 97-75 triumph over the Denver Nuggets in a matchup of teams at opposite ends of the Western Conference's Midwest Division.

John Stockton handed out seven assists for the Jazz (55-18), who have won eight straight home games and remained one half-game behind Seattle for the top spot in the West. Howard Eisley had nine assists off the bench for Utah, which swept four games from Denver for the second straight season and has taken seven of its last eight games overall.

"We started out slow on offense but I think our defense picked us up a lot to get in the open court and guys could get to the basket," Eisley said. "Right now for us every game from here on out is important. We need to win every game, so it's not hard getting up for games like this."

LaPhonso Ellis had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Danny Fortson added 17 and nine for the Nuggets, who have lost six of their last seven games.

"They're the World (actually Western Conference) Champions and we're 9-63, so we do what we can do while we're in there," Fortson said. "We just missed a lot of shots. They gave us a lot of open looks. The game could have been a lot closer than it was, but they're a good team. If you miss shots against teams like that, you're in trouble."

Denver (9-65) still needs one more win in its final eight games to avoid matching the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the worst single-season mark in NBA history.

"I thought that was a great Utah team," said Denver coach Bill Hanzlik. "I thought our effort was pretty good tonight, we came out and competed. We didn't shoot the ball very good. We had some pretty good looks, like all through the year, we struggled making buckets."

Hornacek scored nine points in the first quarter as the Jazz held a 21-20 edge. Malone opened the second period with a 21-footer to spark a 9-0 burst that ended with a three-pointer by Chris Morris for a 30-20 advantage with 9:43 remaining.

Bryant Stith, who had six points, hit two free throws to cap a 7-1 burst and pull the Nuggets within 33-29 with 6:50 left in the first half. Denver came no closer and Utah pushed the lead to 45-33 when Bryon Russell capped an 8-0 burst with a layup at the 1:38 mark of the second.

Utah shot 50 percent (7-for-14) from the floor in the third quarter and made 12-of-15 free throws in keeping the lead between six and 14 points.

The Jazz took a 75-61 advantage into the final period, and Denver came no closer than 10 points. Shandon Anderson made one free throw to cap an 8-2 surge with 3:45 to play. Utah's biggest lead was the final margin, coming when Anderson took a pass from rookie Jacque Vaughn and dunked with 39 seconds left.

"They didn't come in expecting us to win, they came in and competed," said Anderson. "They came in and played hard but we just overpowered them inside. They didn't have any guys big enough to stop us inside."

Utah had a 45-40 rebounding lead and outscored Denver in the paint, 46-28.

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