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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 25 20 29 23 97 MINNESOTA 12 18 18 28 76 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 14, KARL MALONE 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 18, ANDRAE PATTERSON 11, DEAN GARRETT 10

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, DEAN GARRETT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, JEFF HORNACEK 5 MIN - SAM MITCHELL 5, BOBBY JACKSON 5

ATT: 17,472


Extended Box

UTAH (97) AT MINNESOTA (76)

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

MALONE F 27 4-9 5-8 1 5 6 3 1 1 2 13 RUSSELL F 37 3-6 6-7 0 6 6 2 4 1 2 14 OSTERTAG C 34 3-5 6-6 5 2 7 0 0 1 2 12 HORNACEK G 29 6-10 0-0 2 4 6 5 1 0 3 12 STOCKTON G 21 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 7 1 1 2 8 ANDERSON 27 4-10 3-4 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 11 BAILEY 15 2-3 0-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 0 4 EISLEY 27 4-10 2-2 0 5 5 4 2 1 2 10 FOSTER 18 5-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 10 FULLER 2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHN 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 KEEFE DNP - BROKEN NOSE

TOTALS 240 35-69 24-33 12 33 45 26 15 7 15 97 (.507) (.727) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 30 7-18 4-4 3 5 8 2 5 3 3 18 SMITH F 39 3-12 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 6 D GARRETT C 27 5-7 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 0 0 10 JACKSON G 19 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 5 2 1 1 8 SEALY G 23 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 6 CURLEY 6 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 2 1 1 0 2 HAMMONDS 6 0-2 0-2 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 JORDAN 12 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 3 MITCHELL 23 1-12 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 1 0 4 PATTERSON 12 5-6 1-1 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 11 ROBINSON 17 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 1 3 0 SCOTT 26 3-7 2-3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 8

TOTALS 240 33-87 10-14 14 22 36 29 22 8 10 76 (.379) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

UTAH 25 20 29 23 - 97 MINNESOTA 12 18 18 28 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - RUSSELL 2, HORNACEK, BAILEY, OSTERTAG, FULLER. MINNESOTA - SMITH 4, K GARNETT 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-8 (.375), RUSSELL 2-3, HORNACEK 0-1, EISLEY 0-2, FOSTER 0-1, VAUGHN 1-1. MINNESOTA 0-8 (.000), JACKSON 0-1, MITCHELL 0-3, ROBINSON 0-3, SCOTT 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, DON VADEN, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 17,472. T - 2:01.


Box Score

UTAH (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 27 4-9 5-8 1-6 3 1 13 Russell 37 3-6 6-7 0-6 2 4 14 Ostertag 34 3-5 6-6 5-7 0 0 12 Hornacek 29 6-10 0-0 2-6 5 1 12 Stockton 21 3-7 2-2 0-4 7 1 8 Anderson 27 4-10 3-4 2-4 2 1 11 Bailey 15 2-3 0-2 0-3 1 4 4 Eisley 27 4-10 2-2 0-5 4 2 10 Foster 18 5-8 0-0 2-3 2 0 10 Fuller 2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Vaughn 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Keefe DNP - broken nose _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 24-33 12-45 26 15 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Russell 2-3, Hornacek 0-1, Eisley 0-2, Foster 0-1, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Russell 2, Hornacek, Bailey, Ostertag, Fuller). Turnovers: 16 (Hornacek 3, Eisley 2, Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Foster, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Anderson, Bailey, Eisley, Malone, Ostertag, Russell, Stockton).

MINNESOTA (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 30 7-18 4-4 3-8 2 5 18 Smith 39 3-12 0-0 0-3 1 1 6 D Garrett 27 5-7 0-0 3-7 0 2 10 Jackson 19 4-7 0-0 0-0 5 2 8 Sealy 23 3-6 0-0 1-2 3 0 6 Curley 6 1-3 0-0 3-3 2 1 2 Hammonds 6 0-2 0-2 2-4 1 0 0 Jordan 12 1-3 1-2 1-2 4 1 3 Mitchell 23 1-12 2-2 0-2 5 2 4 Patterson 12 5-6 1-1 0-2 2 4 11 Robinson 17 0-4 0-0 1-3 2 3 0 Scott 26 3-7 2-3 0-0 2 1 8 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-87 10-14 14-36 29 22 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 0-8, .000 (Jackson 0-1, Mitchell 0-3, Robinson 0-3, Scott 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Smith 4, K Garnett 3). Turnovers: 10 (K Garnett 3, Robinson 3, Smith 2, Jackson, Sealy). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 3, Curley, Jackson, Mitchell, Patterson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Utah 25 20 29 23 - 97 Minnesota 12 18 18 28 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,472. T: 2:01. Officials: Hue Hollins, Don Vaden, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Coming off the flu, Kevin Garnett was no match for the streaking Utah Jazz.

The Jazz won their league season-high 11th straight game with a 97-76 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves as Bryon Russell scored 14 points to lead seven players in double figures. Utah never trailed and led by double digits for the final 39 1/2 minutes.

The victory margin was Utah's biggest during its streak, which began April 1 and matches its longest streak of last season. The Jazz improved to 33-8 and moved two games ahead of Portland in the race for the league's best record.

"I don't envision anyone being able to beat them," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "They are very much on a mission. They have role players that all understand their roles. They've got main guys, and they play solid defense, and they have always been one of the best-executing offensive teams. Outside of that, Michael Jordan's not playing."

Utah superstars Karl Malone and John Stockton played a combined 48 minutes, totaling 21 points. The Jazz had three reserves in double figures.

"Everybody played well, from (Greg) Foster to (Greg) Ostertag to Shandon (Anderson) to Howard (Eisley), they all played well," Russell said. "That's what we need to do to take pressure off those guys."

"There's other guys that can score on this team and whenever you get an opportunity to spread it out like we've been doing, it's good," Malone said.

Garnett returned from a three-game absence and scored 18 points but basically was playing the Jazz by himself. Minnesota still is without its injured starting backcourt of Terrell Brandon and Anthony Peeler and had no other starter with more than 10 points.

"They definitely know how to execute," Garnett said. "I am upset about tonight but happy to be back. Now we have to buckle down. We have had to play so many guys at different times that we have no pattern."

"You need to be fair and realistic about the win," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Garnett has missed the last three games because of the flu and they are missing their point guard. It's a win. ... Let's go home."

The Timberwolves have lost seven of their last nine games to tumble to 22-20, just one-half game in front of seventh-place Phoenix in the Western Conference. They have lost all three meetings with the Jazz this season by a combined 55 points and fell to 9-36 all-time against Utah.

The Jazz shot 51 percent (35-of-69) from the field and held the Wolves to under 38 percent (33-of-87). They held a 45-36 edge in rebounds and 24-10 advantage in points from the foul line.

Utah scored seven of the first nine points before a jumper by Garnett with 8:13 to go in the first quarter. Jeff Hornacek and Stockton scored four points apiece in a 10-2 burst that included four layups.

Garnett's 18-footer cut the deficit to 17-8 with 4:01 left but that was the last time Minnesota was within single digits. The Jazz shot 57 percent (12-of-21) in the first quarter and opened a 25-12 lead.

Foster scored eight of his 10 points in the second quarter, when the Jazz led by as many as 17 points before settling for a 45-30 halftime lead. However, Sloan was not impressed.

"We had moments where we played well and executed well, then we had moments where we stood outside and shot jump shots," he said. "In the second quarter we resorted to shooting jump shots. We came out in the third quarter and executed our offense again."

A 7-0 burst capped by Malone's free throw pushed the lead to 62-42 with 5:20 remaining in the third period. Utah closed the quarter with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Eisley's 20-footer just before the buzzer that provided a 74-48 bulge.

"We got some shots in our offense, and our offense works if you run it" Malone said. "We got shots in our offense all night and kept them back on our heels and they were taking some tough shots."

Playing exclusively reserves, the Jazz led by 28 points in the final period.

Malone scored 13 points, attempting just nine shots. Ostertag and Hornacek added 12 points apiece, Anderson had 11 and Eisley 10. Stockton had eight points and seven assists in 21 minutes.

"What you see with our team is really what it's all about, on and off the court," Malone said. "Every guy realizes what their role is and what they contribute to this team. The model of this team, I don't think you'll ever see again."

Rookie Andrae Patterson scored 11 points and Dean Garrett added 10 for the Wolves. Forwards Joe Smith and Sam Mitchell combined for 10 points on 4-of-24 shooting.

"They don't run any complicated plays," Minnesota guard Malik Sealy said. "They have pick-and-rolls and UCLA cuts. You just have to check them every time they pass the ball and stay between your man and the basket. We had a problem doing that tonight."

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