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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 19 19 35 18 91 PORTLAND 20 13 25 19 77 FINAL


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UTAH (91) AT PORTLAND (77)

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

MALONE F 38 10-19 1-1 4 5 9 5 2 3 2 21 RUSSELL F 38 8-16 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 2 2 19 OSTERTAG C 26 2-4 0-2 4 4 8 1 3 1 2 4 HORNACEK G 29 4-9 3-3 0 3 3 5 2 0 0 12 STOCKTON G 26 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 4 1 2 4 10 ANDERSON 20 3-11 0-0 2 4 6 3 1 1 3 6 BAILEY 14 2-4 0-0 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 4 EISLEY 22 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 7 FOSTER 15 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 KEEFE 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-82 7-10 16 25 41 25 15 12 16 91 (.476) (.700) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

GRANT F 32 3-4 2-3 2 3 5 0 3 0 5 8 WILLIAMS F 20 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 3 SABONIS C 29 6-9 4-4 2 6 8 1 2 1 5 16 RIDER G 37 8-16 1-3 0 5 5 5 1 1 3 18 STOUDAMIRE G 40 9-17 0-0 2 3 5 8 1 1 3 20 ANTHONY 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AUGMON 17 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 3 0 4 CATO 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 JACKSON 18 1-3 0-1 0 2 2 0 1 3 1 2 ONEAL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WALLACE 23 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 6 WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-66 10-15 8 23 31 18 13 11 21 77 (.485) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(24 PTS)

UTAH 19 19 35 18 - 91 PORTLAND 20 13 25 19 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE, OSTERTAG. PORTLAND - SABONIS 2, WALLACE 2, RIDER, ONEAL, CATO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-10 (.600), RUSSELL 3-5, HORNACEK 1-1, STOCKTON 1-1, EISLEY 1-2, KEEFE 0-1. PORTLAND 3-8 (.375), WILLIAMS 0-1, RIDER 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 2-4, ANTHONY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JIM KINSEY, TERRY DURHAM. A - 20,668. T - 2:02.


Box Score

UTAH (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 10-19 1-1 4-9 5 2 21 Russell 38 8-16 0-0 3-8 1 2 19 Ostertag 26 2-4 0-2 4-8 1 3 4 Hornacek 29 4-9 3-3 0-3 5 2 12 Stockton 26 4-6 1-2 0-2 4 1 10 Anderson 20 3-11 0-0 2-6 3 1 6 Bailey 14 2-4 0-0 3-3 1 1 4 Eisley 22 3-6 0-0 0-1 4 2 7 Foster 15 2-5 2-2 0-1 1 1 6 Keefe 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 7-10 16-41 25 15 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Russell 3-5, Hornacek 1-1, Stockton 1-1, Eisley 1-2, Keefe 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Malone, Ostertag). Turnovers: 17 (Stockton 4, Anderson 3, Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Eisley, Foster, Keefe). Steals: 12 (Malone 3, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Anderson, Bailey, Foster, Keefe, Ostertag).

PORTLAND (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 32 3-4 2-3 2-5 0 3 8 Williams 20 1-5 1-2 0-1 2 0 3 Sabonis 29 6-9 4-4 2-8 1 2 16 Rider 37 8-16 1-3 0-5 5 1 18 Stoudamire 40 9-17 0-0 2-5 8 1 20 Anthony 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Augmon 17 2-4 0-0 2-3 2 1 4 Cato 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Jackson 18 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 1 2 Oneal 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wallace 23 2-5 2-2 0-2 0 2 6 Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-66 10-15 8-31 18 13 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Williams 0-1, Rider 1-2, Stoudamire 2-4, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Sabonis 2, Wallace 2, Rider, Oneal, Cato). Turnovers: 21 (Grant 5, Sabonis 5, Rider 3, Stoudamire 3, Wallace 2, Williams 2, Jackson). Steals: 11 (Augmon 3, Jackson 3, Cato, Rider, Sabonis, Stoudamire, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Utah 19 19 35 18 - 91 Portland 20 13 25 19 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace 2 (ejected), 4:39 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,668. T: 2:02. Officials: Jess Kersey, Jim Kinsey, Terry Durham.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The two-time defending Western Conference champion Utah Jazz demonstrated why they own that title by dismantling the upstart Portland Trail Blazers.

Karl Malone scored 21 points and Bryon Russell added 19 as the Jazz snapped Portland's eight-game winning streak and handed the Blazers their first home loss, 91-77.

The Jazz (16-4), who have lost to Chicago in the last two NBA Finals, entered this contest one-half game behind the streaking Trail Blazers for the league's best record. Utah used a 35-25 third quarter to open a 73-58 cushion and never looked back.

"I don't know if this was a statement game, but it was a big game for us," said Utah guard Howard Eisley. "The Western Conference is tough, anyone can beat anyone. We want to get home-court advantage, so we approached this as a big game. We did what we had to do to win."

Damon Stoudamire scored 20 points and Isaiah Rider added 18 for Portland, which fell to 9-1 at home.

Jeff Hornacek collected 12 points and John Stockton added 10 for Utah, which avenged a 102-100 double-overtime defeat to the Blazers on March 2. Utah has won five of its last six games since that loss at the Rose Garden.

"The difference from (the last time we played Portland) is that we outscored them," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We didn't have as many turnovers. We got more rebounds and offensive rebounds -- something we haven't done all year. Our bench played well and was alive both times I put them in the game."

Utah's bench outscored Portland's, 25-12. Malone grabbed nine rebounds and Russell and Greg Ostertag had eight apiece to lead the Jazz to a 41-31 edge on the glass.

"That's about the best I've played the last three or four games," said Russell. "It all started with good defense. The last time we played these guys, just the starting five played well. Tonight, everybody played well."

Brian Grant's slam pulled Portland within 47-45 with 7:48 left in the third quarter. Utah responded with a 10-0 run, capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Russell and Stockton, to take a commanding 57-45 lead with 5:52 remaining.

"When the score was 47-45 in the third quarter, we just had too many turnovers," said Grant. "The Jazz started hitting some tough shots. It was very tough to maneuver and get the offensive boards all night. They block out the way you are supposed to."

Portland forward Jermaine O'Neal suffered a mild concussion after taking an elbow to the head from Malone in the final minute. He is listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Los Angeles, where the Blazers will take on the Clippers on Saturday.

"I just remember getting hit," said O'Neal. "I don't remember hitting the floor. It's just basketball. We've got to be tough."

Both teams shot 48 percent, but Utah used a stifling defense to force 21 turnovers and limited the Blazers to 62 shots while taking 82.

"I was disappointed that we couldn't win the game," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "But you can't give up 16 offensive rebounds and turn the ball over 21 times against a team as good as Utah and hope to win."

The teams exchanged baskets for most of the first quarter before Rasheed Wallace hit a free throw with 59 seconds left to give the Blazers a 20-19 lead. Shandon Anderson made a driving layup to give Portland a 38-31 lead with 2:07 left in the first half, before Stoudamire's jumper with 1:37 to go pulled the Blazers within five at the break.

After dominating the third quarter, the Jazz took their biggest lead of the game, 81-61, on Thurl Bailey's dunk with 7:23 to play.

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