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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 19 29 16 21 85 UTAH 18 35 22 21 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - JIMMY JACKSON 13, ISAIAH RIDER 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 UTH - KARL MALONE 25, BRYON RUSSELL 17, JOHN STOCKTON 16

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 10, KARL MALONE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, ISAIAH RIDER 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, HOWARD EISLEY 4

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

PORTLAND (85) AT UTAH (96)

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

AUGMON F 24 2-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 4 GRANT F 30 2-4 6-8 1 5 6 1 5 3 3 10 SABONIS C 26 3-11 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 6 RIDER G 31 5-14 1-2 1 2 3 4 3 0 2 11 STOUDAMIRE G 27 3-7 1-1 0 1 1 6 2 0 3 8 ANTHONY 21 2-7 4-4 2 2 4 2 3 1 1 9 CATO 13 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 2 6 JACKSON 22 4-8 4-4 1 1 2 2 3 2 3 13 WALLACE 27 4-9 0-0 3 2 5 0 4 0 2 8 WILLIAMS 19 1-5 8-8 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 10 ONEAL DNP - BONE SPUR FOOT WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 24-27 12 24 36 17 33 7 18 85 (.403) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

RUSSELL F 43 5-8 5-6 1 5 6 3 1 2 2 17 MALONE F 43 6-12 13-13 0 9 9 1 4 1 4 25 OSTERTAG C 41 4-8 2-4 4 6 10 1 3 0 2 10 STOCKTON G 31 5-10 6-7 1 0 1 7 4 2 4 16 HORNACEK G 36 3-9 6-6 0 4 4 2 3 3 2 13 EISLEY 17 3-8 1-1 0 1 1 4 3 1 1 7 KEEFE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ANDERSON 14 2-3 2-4 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 BAILEY 9 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 0 FOSTER 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-63 35-41 7 27 34 20 27 10 15 96 (.460) (.854) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

PORTLAND 19 29 16 21 - 85 UTAH 18 35 22 21 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, ANTHONY, GRANT, SABONIS. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-13 (.231), STOUDAMIRE 1-3, ANTHONY 1-4, JACKSON 1-2, WALLACE 0-2, WILLIAMS 0-2. UTAH 3-10 (.300), RUSSELL 2-3, STOCKTON 0-1, HORNACEK 1-3, EISLEY 0-2, BAILEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, CATO, WILLIAMS, WALLACE, UTAH - KEEFE, HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAVID JONES, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 19,911. T - 2:36.


Box Score

PORTLAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 24 2-2 0-0 1-5 0 3 4 Grant 30 2-4 6-8 1-6 1 5 10 Sabonis 26 3-11 0-0 2-5 2 2 6 Rider 31 5-14 1-2 1-3 4 3 11 Stoudamire 27 3-7 1-1 0-1 6 2 8 Anthony 21 2-7 4-4 2-4 2 3 9 Cato 13 3-5 0-0 1-4 0 6 6 Jackson 22 4-8 4-4 1-2 2 3 13 Wallace 27 4-9 0-0 3-5 0 4 8 Williams 19 1-5 8-8 0-1 0 2 10 Oneal DNP - bone spur foot Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 24-27 12-36 17 33 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Stoudamire 1-3, Anthony 1-4, Jackson 1-2, Wallace 0-2, Williams 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Anthony, Grant, Sabonis). Turnovers: 18 (Grant 3, Jackson 3, Stoudamire 3, Cato 2, Rider 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Augmon, Sabonis). Steals: 7 (Grant 3, Jackson 2, Anthony, Williams).

UTAH (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 43 5-8 5-6 1-6 3 1 17 Malone 43 6-12 13-13 0-9 1 4 25 Ostertag 41 4-8 2-4 4-10 1 3 10 Stockton 31 5-10 6-7 1-1 7 4 16 Hornacek 36 3-9 6-6 0-4 2 3 13 Eisley 17 3-8 1-1 0-1 4 3 7 Keefe 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Anderson 14 2-3 2-4 0-0 1 2 6 Bailey 9 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 4 0 Foster 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-63 35-41 7-34 20 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.854. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Russell 2-3, Stockton 0-1, Hornacek 1-3, Eisley 0-2, Bailey 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 4). Turnovers: 16 (Malone 4, Stockton 4, Hornacek 2, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Eisley). Steals: 10 (Hornacek 3, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Bailey, Eisley, Malone). ____________________________________________ Portland 19 29 16 21 - 85 Utah 18 35 22 21 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 4 (Illegal Defense, 1:48 1st; Cato, 7:58 2nd; Williams, 5:57 2nd; Wallace, 5:01 3rd). Utah 2 (Keefe, 5:57 2nd; Head Coach Sloan, 6:41 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:36. Officials: Mike Mathis, David Jones, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz controlled the final 25 minutes of a heated battle against the new challengers for their Western Conference title, holding on to the league's best record with a 96-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Karl Malone scored nine of his 25 points in the pivotal third quarter, which saw the Jazz break open a one-point game with a 16-3 burst. Utah used a 7-0 spurt in the final minute of the first half to take a 53-48 advantage and never relinquished the lead.

The two-time defending conference champions avoided their first three-game losing streak since January 1997 and moved 1 1/2 games in front of the Trail Blazers for the NBA's best record. Utah improved to 33-10 and matched Portland for the top home record in the league at 19-2.

"It felt like playoff time out there," said Jazz forward Bryon Russell. "Every game we play with them, bodies are flying everywhere."

Besides maintaining its lead over the Blazers, Utah also won the season series, 2-1. If these teams end up tied, the Jazz would receive home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Midway through the second quarter, Portland's Walt Williams took exception to a foul by Jazz reserve Adam Keefe. He retaliated with a hard shove to Keefe's chest, but cooler heads prevailed and both players were whistled for technical fouls.

"There was a lot of holding and grabbing and bumping and banging, and you always expect that out of Portland," said Utah guard Jeff Hornacek. "They're very physical and you know, we stood up to it at least and we sprang back somewhat."

"I don't think they play as physical as they did tonight," said Blazers guard Isaiah Rider.

Even Jazz owner Larry Miller got involved in this emotional contest, exchanging some harsh words with Blazers guard Greg Anthony late in the fourth quarter. Seconds after the brief argument, Anthony threw up an air ball on a 3-point try.

All five starters scored in double figures for Utah, which had 24 points off 18 Portland turnovers. Bryon Russell, who went 0-for-6 from the floor in Wednesday's loss at Phoenix, made 5-of-8 shots for 17 points.

The Trail Blazers are known for their balance, but no one player stepped up as they shot 40 percent (29-of-72) from the field and made only 3-of-13 from 3-point range. Portland had been averaging nearly 95 points and better than 44 percent from the field.

Rider, the Blazers' leading scorer, hit only 5-of-14 for 11 points and starting center Arvydas Sabonis was held to six on 3-of-11 shooting. Jim Jackson paced Portland with 13 points, while Brian Grant and Williams added 10 apiece.

"I think tonight they executed and they do what they do best, which is frustrate you and do their little tactics that they do and they can get away with," Rider added. "They brought it tonight, they played very physical and I don't think we answered the challenge."

A dunk by Grant had the Blazers within 55-54 with 8:46 left in the third. John Stockton sparked the critical 16-3 burst as he followed his own miss and converted a driving layup. He later fed Malone for a three-point play to highlight the spurt and Greg Ostertag capped it with a dunk, opening a 71-67 cushion with 4:12 left in the period.

The Blazers faced a 75-64 deficit heading into the fourth quarter and were unable to draw closer than seven points over the final 12 minutes. A slam by Kelvin Cato cut the deficit to 81-74, but Malone responded with a jumper and two free throws and Ostertag added a tip-in.

Stockton had 16 points and seven assists, Hornacek scored 13 points and Ostertag contributed 10 and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 46 percent (29-of-63) and made 35-of-41 free throws.

"We needed to get back on track and start playing well and you don't want to be sliding as the season ends," Stockton said. "You want to be taking off a little bit."

Utah was coming off losses to San Antonio and Dallas since winning an NBA season-high 11 in a row.

Portland was in control early, with Damon Stoudamire scoring seven of his eight points in the opening 9 1/2 minutes for a 17-8 lead. Russell answered with a 21-footer and added a 3-pointer in Utah's quarter-closing 10-2 spurt.

The Blazers grabbed a 45-39 lead on a basket by Jackson late in the second quarter. Stockton came back with a three-point play and Ostertag had a dunk and layup around a free throw by Rider to tie the game, 46-46, with 1:39 left.

After Jackson responded with a 20-footer, Stockton sank a free throw before Russell and Hornacek buried back-to-back 3-pointers to close the half.

"We lost our momentum at the end of the first half on those couple of plays when we turned the basketball over and let them get down and get easy scores," said Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy. "Up until that point, we were doing a pretty good job of controlling the tempo and the game plan the way we wanted to."

Rasheed Wallace, Portland's second-leading scorer who collected 21 points in Wednesday's triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers, managed only eight.

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