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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 29 25 25 22 101 SAN ANTONIO 17 23 22 25 87 FINAL


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UTAH (101) AT SAN ANTONIO (87)

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

MALONE F 38 11-24 8-9 0 7 7 2 3 0 4 30 RUSSELL F 19 5-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 10 OSTERTAG C 37 1-3 5-6 2 8 10 0 3 1 0 7 HORNACEK G 29 6-9 5-5 1 2 3 7 0 3 0 18 STOCKTON G 25 6-9 2-2 2 1 3 10 3 1 3 14 ANDERSON 19 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 EISLEY 19 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 4 3 3 1 8 FOSTER 11 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 4 FULLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KEEFE 32 0-3 6-6 1 7 8 0 3 2 3 6 KING 4 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHN 4 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 35-71 29-34 8 29 37 24 23 10 15 101 (.493) (.853) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 37 10-17 1-4 4 9 13 3 2 0 1 21 ELLIOTT F 28 3-11 2-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 2 9 ROBINSON C 35 3-6 2-4 2 7 9 2 3 2 1 8 ELIE G 30 3-10 2-2 1 1 2 6 5 1 5 8 JOHNSON G 24 3-7 1-2 1 0 1 4 3 0 2 7 DANIELS 22 4-7 3-6 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 13 GAZE 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 JACKSON 20 2-8 1-1 0 1 1 3 3 1 0 6 S KERR 12 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 J KERSEY 14 1-5 0-0 4 0 4 0 4 1 0 2 KING 3 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 ROSE 10 2-6 1-2 3 1 4 1 3 0 4 5

TOTALS 240 34-83 14-26 19 25 44 21 30 7 17 87 (.410) (.538) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

UTAH 29 25 25 22 - 101 SAN ANTONIO 17 23 22 25 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 2, J KERSEY 2, JOHNSON, DUNCAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), RUSSELL 0-2, HORNACEK 1-2, ANDERSON 1-3. SAN ANTONIO 5-20 (.250), ELLIOTT 1-5, ELIE 0-4, DANIELS 2-2, GAZE 1-1, JACKSON 1-6, S KERR 0-1, ROSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - OSTERTAG, HEAD COACH SLOAN, MALONE, FOSTER, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SAN ANTONIO - ELIE, HEAD COACH POPOVICH 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE SMITH. A - 18,165. T - 2:21.


Box Score

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 11-24 8-9 0-7 2 3 30 Russell 19 5-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 10 Ostertag 37 1-3 5-6 2-10 0 3 7 Hornacek 29 6-9 5-5 1-3 7 0 18 Stockton 25 6-9 2-2 2-3 10 3 14 Anderson 19 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Eisley 19 3-6 2-2 0-1 4 3 8 Foster 11 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 3 4 Fuller 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Keefe 32 0-3 6-6 1-8 0 3 6 King 4 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 Vaughn 4 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 29-34 8-37 24 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Russell 0-2, Hornacek 1-2, Anderson 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 3, Malone). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Keefe 3, Stockton 3, Anderson 2, Eisley, Foster, Russell). Steals: 10 (Eisley 3, Hornacek 3, Keefe 2, Ostertag, Stockton).

SAN ANTONIO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 37 10-17 1-4 4-13 3 2 21 Elliott 28 3-11 2-4 1-4 0 3 9 Robinson 35 3-6 2-4 2-9 2 3 8 Elie 30 3-10 2-2 1-2 6 5 8 Johnson 24 3-7 1-2 1-1 4 3 7 Daniels 22 4-7 3-6 1-2 2 2 13 Gaze 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 Jackson 20 2-8 1-1 0-1 3 3 6 S Kerr 12 1-2 1-1 1-1 0 0 3 J Kersey 14 1-5 0-0 4-4 0 4 2 King 3 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Rose 10 2-6 1-2 3-4 1 3 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-83 14-26 19-44 21 30 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Elliott 1-5, Elie 0-4, Daniels 2-2, Gaze 1-1, Jackson 1-6, S Kerr 0-1, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson 2, J Kersey 2, Johnson, Duncan). Turnovers: 17 (Elie 5, Rose 4, Elliott 2, Johnson 2, Daniels, Duncan, Robinson, S Kerr). Steals: 7 (Robinson 2, Elie, Gaze, J Kersey, Jackson, S Kerr). ____________________________________________ Utah 29 25 25 22 - 101 San Antonio 17 23 22 25 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 5 (Ostertag, 7:21 1st; Head Coach Sloan, 6:56 1st; Malone, 6:56 1st; Foster, 7:19 2nd; Illegal Defense, 11:04 4th). San Antonio 3 (Elie, 7:21 1st; Head Coach Popovich 2 (ejected), 2:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (Eisley, 0:02 3rd). San Antonio 1 (Elie (ejected), 5:16 4th). A: 18,165. T: 2:21. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Crawford, Mike Smith.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- While trying to gain some toughness, the San Antonio Spurs lost their cool.

The Spurs engaged in some early shoving matches and goaded the Utah Jazz into some technical fouls. But they came apart on and off the court as coach Gregg Popovich and swingman Mario Elie were ejected in a 101-87 loss.

Expected to contend for the Western Conference championship, the Spurs fell to 6-8. There already has been some bickering among the players and Popovich and Elie appeared to reach the breaking point.

"Personally, this is the worst start I've had on any team," Elie said. "We can't blame the coaches -- it's us. We need a little fire. We walk around here like there is nothing wrong. Well, there is something wrong."

"This has been a disappointing start to a process that we thought would be easier," Popovich said. "A 50-game season can make people anxious. The process doesn't care how many games you have to play. We just have to believe in the guys and the system."

Karl Malone scored 30 points and Jeff Hornacek added 18 for the Jazz, who have the best record in the West at 11-2. Utah ousted San Antonio in five games in last year's conference semifinals.

"I think they'll get it together after they've had a chance to play together for a while," Malone said. "You can't just accumulate a lot of talent. You have to put it together."

The Jazz appeared energized by a pair of incidents 20 seconds apart in the first quarter. The first involved a pushing match between Elie and Jazz center Greg Ostertag with 7:21 remaining as both players drew technical fouls after being separated. The second came after Malone had his shot blocked by Tim Duncan. Malone and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan argued and drew technicals.

"They've got big people down low and we've got big people," Sloan said. "They have a game plan that they're trying to execute and we have have a plan we're trying to execute. We have to combat what they're trying to do so that makes the game appear more physical."

Elie made both free throws and the teams traded baskets before the Jazz closed the quarter with a 20-5 burst. Malone scored eight points, Hornacek six and Greg Foster added four as Utah bolted to a 29-17 lead.

The Jazz shot 58 percent (11-of-19) while holding the Spurs to 32 percent (7-of-22).

"We just came out really early and put the defensive pressure on," Malone said. "That's what you have to do, keep the pressure on them and keep doing what you did to get the lead."

The Jazz never trailed again. The Spurs cut the deficit to 38-33 on a jumper by Steve Kerr with 5:04 left in the second quarter, but the Jazz responded by scoring 14 of the next 16 points. Hornacek had a 3-pointer and three-point play in the burst.

The Spurs trailed 54-40 at halftime and never got the deficit lower than double digits. They trailed 79-62 after three quarters and by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Popovich exited with 2:06 left in the third period after he received a pair of technical fouls. Elie was ejected in the fourth quarter following a flagrant-2 foul against Ostertag.

"This was the same story as the other night. We lost our composure," said Spurs center David Robinson, who was held to eight points and nine rebounds. "We missed some shots, we got behind and then we have an uphill battle."

John Stockton had 14 points and 10 assists and Bryon Russell added 10 points for the Jazz, who shot 49 percent (35-of-71) from the field and made 29-of-34 free throws. Utah leads the NBA in field-goal percentage.

Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Antonio Daniels added 13 points for the Spurs, who shot 41 percent (34-of-83) and held a 44-37 rebounding edge.

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