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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 23 27 18 23 91 HOUSTON 15 26 22 15 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 25, JEFF HORNACEK 17, BRYON RUSSELL 16 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 28, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 15, CHARLES BARKLEY 10


Extended Box

UTAH (91) AT HOUSTON (78)

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

MALONE F 41 9-14 7-8 2 11 13 5 3 0 1 25 RUSSELL F 38 6-14 3-4 1 4 5 3 3 2 1 16 OSTERTAG C 39 3-5 1-4 2 7 9 0 4 0 1 7 HORNACEK G 32 6-10 4-4 0 4 4 4 1 2 3 17 STOCKTON G 33 5-12 0-0 1 2 3 9 2 3 1 11 ANDERSON 20 2-8 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 7 BAILEY 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 EISLEY 15 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 FOSTER 7 1-1 2-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 KEEFE 6 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-73 18-24 9 32 41 22 23 8 12 91 (.466) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

BARKLEY F 40 4-9 2-2 2 9 11 1 5 0 2 10 PIPPEN F 41 5-10 3-5 0 5 5 4 3 3 3 15 OLAJUWON C 43 9-23 10-16 5 7 12 4 3 1 1 28 DICKERSON G 18 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 MOBLEY G 24 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 2 BULLARD 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 CARR 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 DREW 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACK 30 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 8 PRICE 22 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 3 4 0 2 10 ROBERTS 6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-69 19-27 10 30 40 15 25 8 13 78 (.377) (.704) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

UTAH 23 27 18 23 - 91 HOUSTON 15 26 22 15 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 7, MALONE 2. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 2, MOBLEY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-8 (.625), RUSSELL 1-3, HORNACEK 1-1, STOCKTON 1-1, ANDERSON 2-3. HOUSTON 7-17 (.412), BARKLEY 0-1, PIPPEN 2-4, DICKERSON 0-1, MOBLEY 0-2, BULLARD 1-1, MACK 2-4, PRICE 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TED BERNHARDT, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 16,285. T - 2:12.


Box Score

UTAH (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 9-14 7-8 2-13 5 3 25 Russell 38 6-14 3-4 1-5 3 3 16 Ostertag 39 3-5 1-4 2-9 0 4 7 Hornacek 32 6-10 4-4 0-4 4 1 17 Stockton 33 5-12 0-0 1-3 9 2 11 Anderson 20 2-8 1-2 0-0 0 2 7 Bailey 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Eisley 15 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Foster 7 1-1 2-2 2-3 0 3 4 Keefe 6 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 18-24 9-41 22 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Russell 1-3, Hornacek 1-1, Stockton 1-1, Anderson 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Ostertag 7, Malone 2). Turnovers: 12 (Hornacek 3, Eisley 2, Anderson, Bailey, Keefe, Malone, Ostertag, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Stockton 3, Hornacek 2, Russell 2, Eisley).

HOUSTON (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 40 4-9 2-2 2-11 1 5 10 Pippen 41 5-10 3-5 0-5 4 3 15 Olajuwon 43 9-23 10-16 5-12 4 3 28 Dickerson 18 0-3 2-2 0-1 1 2 2 Mobley 24 1-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Bullard 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Carr 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Drew 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mack 30 2-4 2-2 0-2 1 3 8 Price 22 4-8 0-0 2-3 3 4 10 Roberts 6 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-69 19-27 10-40 15 25 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Barkley 0-1, Pippen 2-4, Dickerson 0-1, Mobley 0-2, Bullard 1-1, Mack 2-4, Price 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 2, Mobley 2). Turnovers: 16 (Pippen 3, Barkley 2, Mack 2, Price 2, Bullard, Mobley, Olajuwon, Roberts). Steals: 8 (Pippen 3, Bullard, Dickerson, Mack, Mobley, Olajuwon). ____________________________________________ Utah 23 27 18 23 - 91 Houston 15 26 22 15 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:12. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ted Bernhardt, George Toliver.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Karl Malone scored seven of his 25 points in a run bridging the halves as the Utah Jazz gained some breathing room atop the Western Conference with a 91-78 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets.

Jeff Hornacek added 17 points and Bryon Russell 16 for the Jazz (36-12), who lead the Portland Trail Blazers by one game for the top seed in the West and the best record in the league. Utah, which swept the three-game season series from Houston, also leads San Antonio by two games atop the Midwest Division.

"I don't think we have their number at all," said Malone, who went 9-of-14 from the field. "With a great team like Houston, we just go out and play hard all game. It's the little things you have to do and when you do, you have a great shot at winning."

Malone scored four points in a 9-0 burst to close the half and had a three-point play in an 8-2 spurt to start the second. The Jazz took a 58-43 lead on a layup by John Stockton with 7:49 to play in the third quarter.

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 28 points and Scottie Pippen added 15 for Houston (28-19), which has lost five of its last six games. The Rockets fell into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for fourth place in the West and already lost the season series, 2-1.

"We've got to understand that we are doing positive things," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "We fought back in the second half, had the game at five points and just could not make a breakthrough. We just lost our poise and made some fouls that weren't very intelligent and just handed them the game at the end."

Charles Barkley pulled the Rockets into a 41-41 tie with 2:02 left in the first half on a pair of free throws. But Shandon Anderson drilled a 3-pointer before Malone hit a 13-footer and two foul shots to give the Jazz a 48-41 lead. Greg Foster made a 17-foot jumper right before halftime to give Utah a nine-point cushion.

Russell started the second half with a 3-pointer and Malone added a three-point play to extend the Jazz's lead to 56-41 with 10:57 left. Rookie Cuttino Mobley had a dunk for the Rockets, but Stockton's layup restored the 15-point lead.

The Rockets pulled within 68-63 by the end of the third quarter but missed their first eight shots of the final period. The Jazz opened a 79-65 lead with 4:11 to play on a three-point play by Malone, who had six points in the 11-2 run. Houston did not score from the field until a 3-pointer by Price nine seconds later.

"We had a team meeting, it was just the players," said Price. "It was good to get some perspective and get some things off our chest. It's going to take each individual to step up. This is a stretch that should have been good but we let it turn around."

"Calling our offense stagnant would be the biggest understatement of the year," said Barkley, who was 4-of-9 from the floor. "I'm very disappointed and frustrated about tonight's game. I don't have any excuse... we're just playing terrible right now."

Stockton had nine assists and Greg Ostertag blocked seven shots for Utah, which shot 47 percent (34-of-73) from the field and held Houston to 38 percent (26-of-69).

"It was an overall team effort," said Russell. "Ostertag played tremendously and played like a big man is supposed to play."

"I think everybody on the team did a good job," said Ostertag. "We were very active defensively, but I think it was an all-around team effort."

Houston's rookie backcourt tandem of Mobley and Michael Dickerson again struggled against the ageless duo of Stockton and Hornacek, making just 1-of-10 shots. Dickerson went 0-of-7 from the field.

In the three losses to the Jazz, Dickerson and Mobley went a combined 10-of-39 from the field and totaled 28 points.

"It happens sometimes," Tomjanovich said of the rookies' struggles. "I'm not going to put it on them, a lot of other things are going on."

Stockton and Hornacek were 24-of-59 from the floor against Houston this season, totaling 68 points.

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