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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 16 23 21 21 81 UTAH 25 25 24 24 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - DON MACLEAN 23, DALE ELLIS 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 UTH - KARL MALONE 21, JOHN STOCKTON 11, SHANDON ANDERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - OLDEN POLYNICE 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - ADAM KEEFE 9, GREG OSTERTAG 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, JOHN CROTTY 4 UTH - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 19,352


Extended Box

SEATTLE (81) AT UTAH (98)

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

MACLEAN F 34 7-17 8-13 1 3 4 3 5 1 1 23 SCHREMPF F 33 3-8 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 0 4 6 POLYNICE C 24 2-7 0-0 5 4 9 0 3 0 2 4 HAWKINS G 25 2-7 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 8 PAYTON G 36 2-11 1-2 1 3 4 10 1 4 3 5 COTTON 6 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 CROTTY 23 3-9 2-2 0 5 5 4 3 1 0 8 ELLIS 27 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 10 LEWIS 5 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 MCCOY 20 3-5 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 8 WILLIAMS 7 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 BAKER DNP - RIGHT KNEE CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 28-73 20-29 9 24 33 21 21 8 12 81 (.384) (.690) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

MALONE F 28 8-14 5-6 2 5 7 2 2 1 5 21 RUSSELL F 32 3-7 0-0 0 8 8 1 3 1 2 8 OSTERTAG C 27 2-5 0-0 3 6 9 1 3 0 1 4 HORNACEK G 24 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 10 STOCKTON G 19 5-8 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 0 1 11 ANDERSON 24 4-9 3-4 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 11 BAILEY 14 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 8 EISLEY 29 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 8 FOSTER 18 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 FULLER 3 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 KEEFE 16 2-5 3-4 6 3 9 2 4 0 0 7 VAUGHN 6 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 39-81 17-20 13 36 49 28 24 4 15 98 (.481) (.850) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

SEATTLE 16 23 21 21 - 81 UTAH 25 25 24 24 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCCOY 3, SCHREMPF. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, MALONE, RUSSELL, BAILEY, FULLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 5-18 (.278), MACLEAN 1-4, SCHREMPF 0-1, HAWKINS 2-4, PAYTON 0-3, CROTTY 0-3, ELLIS 2-3. UTAH 3-9 (.333), RUSSELL 2-3, STOCKTON 1-2, ANDERSON 0-2, EISLEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TOMMIE WOOD, LUIS GRILLO. A - 19,352. T - 2:18.


Box Score

SEATTLE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Maclean 34 7-17 8-13 1-4 3 5 23 Schrempf 33 3-8 0-0 0-5 3 3 6 Polynice 24 2-7 0-0 5-9 0 3 4 Hawkins 25 2-7 2-2 0-0 1 1 8 Payton 36 2-11 1-2 1-4 10 1 5 Cotton 6 0-0 3-4 0-0 0 0 3 Crotty 23 3-9 2-2 0-5 4 3 8 Ellis 27 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 10 Lewis 5 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Mccoy 20 3-5 2-2 2-4 0 1 8 Williams 7 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Baker DNP - right knee contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 20-29 9-33 21 21 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Maclean 1-4, Schrempf 0-1, Hawkins 2-4, Payton 0-3, Crotty 0-3, Ellis 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Mccoy 3, Schrempf). Turnovers: 13 (Schrempf 4, Payton 3, Polynice 2, Ellis, Maclean, Williams). Steals: 8 (Payton 4, Ellis 2, Crotty, Maclean).

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 28 8-14 5-6 2-7 2 2 21 Russell 32 3-7 0-0 0-8 1 3 8 Ostertag 27 2-5 0-0 3-9 1 3 4 Hornacek 24 5-8 0-0 0-2 6 1 10 Stockton 19 5-8 0-0 1-4 6 1 11 Anderson 24 4-9 3-4 1-2 1 2 11 Bailey 14 3-5 2-2 0-3 1 1 8 Eisley 29 4-10 0-0 0-2 6 1 8 Foster 18 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 Fuller 3 1-3 2-2 0-3 0 1 4 Keefe 16 2-5 3-4 6-9 2 4 7 Vaughn 6 0-0 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 17-20 13-49 28 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Russell 2-3, Stockton 1-2, Anderson 0-2, Eisley 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Ostertag 4, Malone, Russell, Bailey, Fuller). Turnovers: 16 (Malone 5, Anderson 2, Russell 2, Bailey, Eisley, Hornacek, Ostertag, Stockton, Vaughn). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Bailey, Malone, Russell). ____________________________________________ Seattle 16 23 21 21 - 81 Utah 25 25 24 24 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,352. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tommie Wood, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Two days after knocking off the new challengers in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz cruised to victory over the former rulers out West.

The Jazz easily avoided a letdown after a pivotal win that kept them atop the league standings, taking command in the early going and rolling to a 98-81 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Karl Malone scored eight of his 21 points in the first quarter, when Utah took control, and the other 13 in the third as the Jazz began to coast.

"You look ahead and say the rest we got tonight was good," said Jazz guard John Stockton. "But you always want to play and it's a privilege you don't want to take lightly."

The two-time defending conference champion Jazz led by at least seven points through the final three quarters against the Sonics, the last team from the West to reach the NBA Finals before Utah's reign.

On Friday, the Jazz maintained the NBA's best record with a pivotal 96-85 victory over Portland. In the race for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, Utah owns a two-game lead over the Trail Blazers, who hosted Minnesota tonight.

The SuperSonics, who lost to Chicago in the 1996 NBA Finals, are at risk of missing the postseason for the first time since 1989-90. They fell to a disappointing 21-23, one game behind Minnesota and Sacramento, which own the final two playoff spots in the West.

Gary Payton had a dismal performance for Seattle, scoring only five points on 2-of-11 shooting. He had 10 assists and four steals but also committed three turnovers.

"They just didn't go to Payton a lot," said Utah forward Thurl Bailey. "Maybe that was somewhat because of the defense we played on him, but they are definitely a different team than the league has seen over the past few years."

Don MacLean scored 23 points and gave the Sonics their only lead with a running jumper that made it 4-2. Malone followed with a layup and fed Jeff Hornacek for a lay-in that triggered an 11-2 run to put the game in Utah's favor for good.

"Really, the only guy that could get anything going offensively from the starters was Don MacLean," said Sonics coach Paul Westphal. "We've been playing better than that and we'll play better than that again, but it was a tough one today."

Bryon Russell buried a 3-pointer and Hornacek hit a runner to cap the spurt as Utah grabbed a 13-6 lead. Hornacek scored eight of his 10 points in the opening period, helping the Jazz take a 25-16 advantage.

After Seattle's John Crotty started the second quarter with a jumper, Shandon Anderson, Bailey and Greg Foster all had inside baskets as Utah built a 31-18 bulge. Anderson scored nine of his 11 points in the quarter as the Jazz went on for a 50-39 lead at the break.

A jumper by MacLean had Seattle within 64-56 with 3:58 left in the third. Malone and the Jazz quickly ended any comeback thoughts of the Sonics, scoring 10 of the last 14 points of the quarter. Malone sparked that run with three straight free throws and added a jumper before Russell closed the quarter with a 3-pointer.

"We let down just a little for a minute or two, then we picked it back up," Russell said. "Once again, we got great play from our bench. I got a chance to be a cheerleader and I loved it; I wish I had a set of pom-poms."

A 14-2 burst early in the fourth, including six points from Howard Eisley, gave Utah its largest lead, 88-64.

Stockton chipped in 11 points and six assists for the Jazz, who dominated in virtually every way and had all 12 players score. They won the season series with the Sonics, 2-1.

Utah shot 48 percent from the field (39-of-81) and limited Seattle to 38 percent (28-of-73). Greg Ostertag and Adam Keefe each had nine rebounds, Russell added eight and Malone grabbed seven as the Jazz held a 49-33 edge on the glass. Utah had a 19-5 advantage in second-chance points and won the battle for points in the paint, 46-38.

Dale Ellis had 10 points and joined MacLean as the only double-figure scorers for Seattle, which had posted double-digit wins in its last two outings.

"I thought that we got good looks and just didn't make them," MacLean said. "Maybe some of that had to do with their defense, maybe not, but I think that's why they were able to get out in transition and get some easy hoops."

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