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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 13 12 18 13 56 SEATTLE 19 20 19 13 71 FINAL


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UTAH (56) AT SEATTLE (71)

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

MALONE F 34 4-13 7-8 2 7 9 2 1 3 3 15 RUSSELL F 34 3-9 3-3 2 3 5 1 1 1 1 9 OSTERTAG C 15 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 STOCKTON G 30 1-7 1-1 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 3 ANDERSON G 29 4-13 0-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 3 8 EISLEY 29 1-8 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 1 4 3 KEEFE 9 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 FOSTER 7 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 KING 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 AVENT 18 2-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 0 1 2 4 FULLER 13 4-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 8 VAUGHN 8 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 0 BAILEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT QUADRICEP HORNACEK DNP - DEATH OF FRIEND

TOTALS 240 21-68 14-19 11 26 37 16 16 11 19 56 (.309) (.737) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(14 PTS)

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

BAKER F 36 3-9 0-0 3 4 7 0 5 2 3 6 SCHREMPF F 32 3-12 2-2 2 6 8 0 3 3 2 8 POLYNICE C 26 2-2 0-0 4 6 10 2 5 0 2 4 LEWIS G 14 2-4 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 1 2 4 PAYTON G 34 7-19 2-2 3 8 11 8 2 1 5 17 HAWKINS 34 2-8 4-4 0 3 3 1 1 0 3 8 ELLIS 33 4-8 2-4 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 11 WILLIAMS 17 2-2 0-2 1 2 3 0 1 2 1 4 NORRIS 14 4-8 1-4 0 3 3 1 1 2 2 9 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 11-18 17 36 53 15 20 12 21 71 (.403) (.611) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(17 PTS)

UTAH 13 12 18 13 - 56 SEATTLE 19 20 19 13 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG, KING, FOSTER. SEATTLE - BAKER 3, PAYTON 2, WILLIAMS 2, SCHREMPF, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 0-3 (.000), RUSSELL 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1, VAUGHN 0-1. SEATTLE 2-17 (.118), SCHREMPF 0-2, LEWIS 0-1, PAYTON 1-5, HAWKINS 0-3, ELLIS 1-4, NORRIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, MALONE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JIM KINSEY, JIM CAPERS. A - 17,072. T - 2:06.


Box Score

UTAH (56) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 34 4-13 7-8 2-9 2 1 15 Russell 34 3-9 3-3 2-5 1 1 9 Ostertag 15 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Stockton 30 1-7 1-1 1-2 4 3 3 Anderson 29 4-13 0-2 1-4 2 1 8 Eisley 29 1-8 1-1 0-2 2 3 3 Keefe 9 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 Foster 7 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 0 3 King 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Avent 18 2-5 0-0 3-4 0 0 4 Fuller 13 4-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 8 Vaughn 8 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Bailey DNP - sprained left quadricep Hornacek DNP - death of friend _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-68 14-19 11-37 16 16 56 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.309, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (Russell 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Ostertag, King, Foster). Turnovers: 20 (Eisley 4, Anderson 3, Malone 3, Avent 2, Vaughn 2, Foster, Keefe, King, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 11 (Malone 3, King 2, Anderson, Avent, Eisley, Russell, Stockton, Vaughn).

SEATTLE (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 36 3-9 0-0 3-7 0 5 6 Schrempf 32 3-12 2-2 2-8 0 3 8 Polynice 26 2-2 0-0 4-10 2 5 4 Lewis 14 2-4 0-0 3-5 1 2 4 Payton 34 7-19 2-2 3-11 8 2 17 Hawkins 34 2-8 4-4 0-3 1 1 8 Ellis 33 4-8 2-4 1-3 2 0 11 Williams 17 2-2 0-2 1-3 0 1 4 Norris 14 4-8 1-4 0-3 1 1 9 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 11-18 17-53 15 20 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 2-17, .118 (Schrempf 0-2, Lewis 0-1, Payton 1-5, Hawkins 0-3, Ellis 1-4, Norris 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Baker 3, Payton 2, Williams 2, Schrempf, Polynice). Turnovers: 23 (Payton 5, Baker 3, Hawkins 3, Lewis 2, Norris 2, Polynice 2, Schrempf 2, Ellis, Williams). Steals: 12 (Schrempf 3, Baker 2, Norris 2, Williams 2, Ellis, Lewis, Payton). ____________________________________________ Utah 13 12 18 13 - 56 Seattle 19 20 19 13 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 3 (Head Coach Sloan, 5:42 2nd; Malone, 7:59 3rd; Illegal Defense, 3:08 4th). Seattle 2 (Illegal Defense, 1:57 1st; Payton, 0:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:06. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jim Kinsey, Jim Capers.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle SuperSonics and the Utah Jazz went into tonight's game as the only remaining unbeaten teams in the NBA. Seattle came away undefeated, and Utah came away embarrassed.

Gary Payton came within two assists of a triple-double as the SuperSonics limited the Jazz to the second-lowest total in league history, coasting to a 71-56 victory.

Off to their best start since opening the 1993-94 campaign with 10 straight wins, the SuperSonics improved to 6-0 and handed the Jazz their first loss in seven games.

"It's a good feeling, but by no means is it anything special to be the last undefeated team," said Sonics guard Hersey Hawkins. "We can say it, but what does it mean at this particular point, really nothing."

Utah shot an anemic 31 percent (21-of-68) from the field and was only one point better than the worst offensive output since the advent of the 24-second shot clock. Indiana scored a record-low 55 points in a loss to San Antonio last season.

The Jazz's horrendous effort comes less than a year after they set the record for lowest points in any game, having suffered a 96-54 defeat to the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the NBA Finals.

"When you don't come to play mentally prepared against this team, you are gonna get waxed, and we got waxed tonight," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.

Coming off a grueling overtime victory against Sacramento on Tuesday, the Jazz fell well short of the previous franchise low for points in a regular-season game -- 68 in a win over Dallas on December 12, 1997. After scoring 17 points in the overtime, Utah topped that mark just once, netting 18 in the third quarter.

"Fatigue is a cop-out. We don't have any of those excuses, they just won the game," said reigning MVP Karl Malone. "When you score (56) points, you don't deserve to win. ... Our play was probably at the high school level. We played the worst we've played in a long time."

Payton collected 17 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle, which was not exactly an offensive stalwart but gave an impressive defensive effort and benefitted from Utah's horrific shooting. The Sonics shot just 40 percent (29-of-72), including 2-of-17 from 3-point range, and committed a season-high 23 turnovers.

"I think that our defense has been very consistent all year and even if our offense leaves us, it hasn't seemed to matter," said Sonics coach Paul Westphal. "We've been able to get the win anyway because of that."

Malone was the only player in double figures for Utah, scoring 15 points on just 4-of-13 shooting. John Stockton was 1-of-7 and had three points. Starting guard Jeff Hornacek failed to make the trip due to the death of a friend.

"We looked like we've never played a basketball game together," Sloan added. "They did a great job taking us out of our offense, which they've done before. Every time we would try to figure out something to do, they had an answer for it. They were all over us like a dirty shirt."

Utah appeared doomed from the start, failing to score for the first 4:24 and managing only one field goal over the first six-plus minutes.

Clinging to an 8-7 lead, Dale Ellis buried a 3-pointer as the Sonics began to take control. Late in the period, a layup by Payton and a 20-footer by Detlef Schrempf made it 19-11. Utah faced only a 19-13 deficit after one quarter despite hitting just 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from the floor.

The lead was 27-19 midway through the second period, when Seattle reeled off eight straight points and held Utah scoreless for over three minutes. Vin Baker sparked the spurt with a layup before Hersey Hawkins and Ellis each had a free throw and basket for a 35-19 lead with just over four minutes left.

Seattle owned a 39-25 edge at halftime, but neither team had a player with more than six points at intermission. The Jazz finished the first half 9-of-33 (27 percent) from the floor and the Sonics went 17-of-42 (41 percent).

"I'm not going to make excuses for them, we beat 'em," Ellis said. "The shots weren't falling for us, but we were able to pick it up on the defensive end."

Utah had only one field goal over a four-minute stretch midway through the third, when Seattle used a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach. Payton scored the final seven points in that spurt, including a 3-pointer that made it 51-31 with 5:34 remaining.

The Jazz cut the deficit to 58-43 heading into the fourth, but managed just two points over the first 4:20 of the quarter and failed to slice the margin under double digits.

Ellis scored 11 points off the Sonics' bench, which contributed 32 points on 12-of-26 shooting. Seattle's starters were just 17-of-46 from the floor, including a combined 6-of-21 effort by starting forwards Schrempf and Baker.

Olden Polynice grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sonics, who owned a 53-37 edge on the glass.

"It was amazing. It was really amazing. Fifty-six points, there's not much you can say about that," Polynice said. "I don't care if people say shortened season and everything else, but 56 points in a game is amazing defense."

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