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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 12 16 22 26 76 UTAH 24 15 18 28 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 23, SAM MACK 14, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 10 UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 19, KARL MALONE 16, JEFF HORNACEK 13

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 12, CHARLES BARKLEY 11 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 15, KARL MALONE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 4, MICHAEL DICKERSON 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, HOWARD EISLEY 4

ATT: 19,804


Extended Box

HOUSTON (76) AT UTAH (85)

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

BARKLEY F 36 3-7 0-0 3 8 11 3 5 0 1 6 PIPPEN F 40 3-10 2-6 0 5 5 4 3 1 3 10 OLAJUWON C 39 9-14 5-7 0 12 12 1 3 1 5 23 DICKERSON G 25 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 2 MOBLEY G 21 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 BULLARD 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARR 7 2-4 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 7 DREW 27 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 6 0 2 8 HARRINGTON 15 0-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 1 MACK 24 5-7 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 MALONEY DNP - FLU MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-68 13-23 3 32 35 16 26 3 15 76 (.412) (.565) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

MALONE F 36 6-16 4-5 2 8 10 2 3 1 4 16 RUSSELL F 40 6-15 5-5 3 5 8 1 3 3 0 19 OSTERTAG C 36 4-8 3-4 6 9 15 2 3 1 1 11 HORNACEK G 38 3-12 7-7 0 7 7 2 3 2 2 13 STOCKTON G 28 4-9 4-4 0 1 1 7 2 3 0 12 ANDERSON 12 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 6 BAILEY 12 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 EISLEY 20 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 6 FOSTER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FULLER 12 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 KEEFE 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-80 25-27 15 34 49 18 22 10 11 85 (.363) (.926) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 12 16 22 26 - 76 UTAH 24 15 18 28 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, PIPPEN 2, CARR. UTAH - OSTERTAG 5, MALONE 2, STOCKTON, BAILEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-17 (.412), PIPPEN 2-6, DICKERSON 0-1, MOBLEY 1-2, BULLARD 0-1, DREW 0-2, MACK 4-5. UTAH 2-10 (.200), RUSSELL 2-6, HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - BARKLEY, OLAJUWON. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, DERRICK STAFFORD, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,804. T - 2:28.


Box Score

HOUSTON (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 36 3-7 0-0 3-11 3 5 6 Pippen 40 3-10 2-6 0-5 4 3 10 Olajuwon 39 9-14 5-7 0-12 1 3 23 Dickerson 25 1-6 0-0 0-1 4 1 2 Mobley 21 1-6 2-2 0-0 1 1 5 Bullard 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr 7 2-4 3-4 0-1 0 3 7 Drew 27 4-8 0-0 0-2 3 6 8 Harrington 15 0-5 1-2 0-2 0 4 1 Mack 24 5-7 0-2 0-1 0 0 14 Maloney DNP - flu Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-68 13-23 3-35 16 26 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.565. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Pippen 2-6, Dickerson 0-1, Mobley 1-2, Bullard 0-1, Drew 0-2, Mack 4-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Olajuwon 3, Pippen 2, Carr). Turnovers: 15 (Olajuwon 5, Pippen 3, Drew 2, Mobley 2, Barkley, Harrington, Mack). Steals: 3 (Carr, Olajuwon, Pippen).

UTAH (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 6-16 4-5 2-10 2 3 16 Russell 40 6-15 5-5 3-8 1 3 19 Ostertag 36 4-8 3-4 6-15 2 3 11 Hornacek 38 3-12 7-7 0-7 2 3 13 Stockton 28 4-9 4-4 0-1 7 2 12 Anderson 12 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 1 6 Bailey 12 1-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Eisley 20 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 6 Foster 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Fuller 12 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Keefe 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-80 25-27 15-49 18 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Russell 2-6, Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Ostertag 5, Malone 2, Stockton, Bailey). Turnovers: 11 (Malone 4, Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Anderson, Fuller, Ostertag). Steals: 10 (Russell 3, Stockton 3, Hornacek 2, Malone, Ostertag). ____________________________________________ Houston 12 16 22 26 - 76 Utah 24 15 18 28 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Barkley, 7:11 1st; Olajuwon, 5:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 2 (Malone, 2:37 3rd; Ostertag, 0:27 4th). A: 19,804. T: 2:28. Officials: Hugh Evans, Derrick Stafford, Scott Wall.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz wasted no time making a big statement. The Houston Rockets waited until the last minute to make an insignificant one.

The Jazz scored 13 of the first 16 points and never trailed as they rode a balanced attack to an 85-76 victory over the Rockets, their sixth straight triumph. Jeff Hornacek scored seven of his 13 points in the opening burst and was one of five Utah starters in double figures.

Bryon Russell took some of the burden off Karl Malone by scoring 19 points. Malone added 16 and did not lead the Jazz for just the eighth time this season. John Stockton added 12.

But the big game came from much-maligned center Greg Ostertag, who more than held his own against Hakeem Olajuwon with 11 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and five blocks. He also was the object of Houston's frustration late in the game.

"It's a situation where I get up for," Ostertag said. "He's a big-name center, a great player in this league and has been named one of the top 50 players. It's a chance for me to step up and play big, so these are the games I get up for."

"I know the fans have been waiting for this for a long time and we have too as his teammates, so it's really neat to see Greg play well because all the guys can do a lot more things when he's out there," Malone said. "When he plays that kind of way and puts pressure on the defense like he does, that's kind of neat."

Despite shooting just 36 percent (29-of-80) from the field, Utah held a 49-35 rebounding edge and beat Houston for the second time in 11 days -- both at home -- and opened a 4 1/2-game cushion in the Midwest Division. The San Antonio Spurs are in second place.

"You're not going to play all good games, either individually or as a group, so hopefully when you're not playing well you can still come away with the victory," Stockton said. "We played hard, though."

Malone and Stockton split the points in an 8-1 burst that sealed matters down the stretch. With the game already decided in the final minute, former Jazz Antoine Carr got into a shoving match with Utah center Greg Ostertag, who received a flagrant foul. Malone held off Carr and Rockets center Othella Harrington moved toward Ostertag.

It was another poor performance for the Rockets, who dropped to 4-17 in their last 21 nationally televised games. This season, the Rockets are 1-7 against Utah, San Antonio, Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers, the four teams ahead of them in the Western Conference.

"That psychological part of the game that you can get into. If it's a one-possession deal, it seems like we hit a barrier," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It was four points, five points and right when we needed a good possession, we either missed a good shot or turned it over."

Olajuwon had 23 points and 12 rebounds but did not get much help from his superstar teammates. Scottie Pippen scored 10 points on just 3-of-10 shooting and Charles Barkley added just six, although he did pull down 11 rebounds.

"I think Ostertag played very well," Olajuwon admitted. "He knows his role on the team and was effective. This Utah team is very smart; they take advantage of every opportunity."

Hornacek's quick start got things going and Utah led 24-12 after one period. The Jazz shot 45.5 percent (10-of-22) in the first quarter while holding the Rockets to 31 percent (5-of-16).

Both teams had trouble finding the range in the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Sam Mack, who scored 14 points, cut the deficit to 29-26 with 4:21 left before Russell scored four points in a 10-2 spurt that closed the half.

Malone made a layup and Russell dunked to open the third period and give the Jazz their largest lead at 43-28 with 10:15 left. The Rockets closed to 57-50 after three quarters and another 3-pointer by Mack opened the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to four points with Malone on the bench.

But Shandon Anderson made a jumper and two free throws and Thurl Bailey tipped in a miss by Russell, rebuilding the lead to 63-53 with 9:49 to go.

Olajuwon's layup made it 71-66 with 4:21 remaining and Stockton responded with jumpers around a free throw by Olajuwon. Malone made two free throws and dunked for a 79-67 bulge with 2:14 to play.

"We had quite a few runs at them but we could never get over them," Pippen said. "We couldn't quite get ourselves in position to tie the game. We had a few chances and we just sort of got bogged down, whether it was turnovers or just missed opportunities."

The Rockets shot 41 percent (28-of-68) and just 13-of-23 from the line. The rookie backcourt of Michael Dickerson and Cuttino Mobley were a combined 2-of-12 from the field.

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