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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 17 22 24 15 78 SAN ANTONIO 18 16 25 25 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 24, THURL BAILEY 11, JEFF HORNACEK 9 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, MARIO ELIE 15, SEAN ELLIOTT 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 13

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JEFF HORNACEK 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 35,122


Extended Box

UTAH (78) AT SAN ANTONIO (84)

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

MALONE F 41 8-17 8-9 0 14 14 3 4 3 3 24 RUSSELL F 39 2-6 1-2 3 0 3 0 6 1 0 5 OSTERTAG C 30 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 2 7 HORNACEK G 34 4-11 1-1 3 1 4 7 4 2 3 9 STOCKTON G 31 2-6 3-5 0 0 0 5 5 1 1 7 ANDERSON 23 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 8 BAILEY 9 4-8 3-3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 11 EISLEY 17 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 2 2 7 FOSTER 11 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 FULLER 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-71 17-22 9 21 30 23 32 9 12 78 (.423) (.773) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 42 10-21 6-10 4 10 14 1 5 1 2 26 ELLIOTT F 40 1-6 12-16 1 7 8 2 4 0 2 14 ROBINSON C 38 3-7 3-4 5 8 13 2 5 3 3 9 ELIE G 33 4-7 6-7 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 15 JOHNSON G 42 5-11 2-4 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 12 DANIELS 6 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 JACKSON 15 1-3 0-1 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 2 S KERR 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PERDUE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ROSE 13 0-3 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 1 4 2 J KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-62 33-46 13 32 45 10 24 10 15 84 (.403) (.717) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

UTAH 17 22 24 15 - 78 SAN ANTONIO 18 16 25 25 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 2, OSTERTAG. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON 3, ELLIOTT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-5 (.200), RUSSELL 0-1, HORNACEK 0-1, BAILEY 0-1, EISLEY 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 1-7 (.143), ELLIOTT 0-2, ELIE 1-1, DANIELS 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, S KERR 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - EISLEY, , SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, DAN CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD. A - 35,122. T - 2:31.


Box Score

UTAH (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 8-17 8-9 0-14 3 4 24 Russell 39 2-6 1-2 3-3 0 6 5 Ostertag 30 3-8 1-2 1-4 0 4 7 Hornacek 34 4-11 1-1 3-4 7 4 9 Stockton 31 2-6 3-5 0-0 5 5 7 Anderson 23 4-8 0-0 1-3 2 1 8 Bailey 9 4-8 3-3 0-0 0 2 11 Eisley 17 3-6 0-0 0-1 5 2 7 Foster 11 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 4 0 Fuller 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Keefe DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 17-22 9-30 23 32 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Russell 0-1, Hornacek 0-1, Bailey 0-1, Eisley 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Malone 2, Ostertag). Turnovers: 13 (Hornacek 3, Malone 3, Eisley 2, Ostertag 2, Bailey, Stockton). Steals: 9 (Malone 3, Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Russell, Stockton).

SAN ANTONIO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 42 10-21 6-10 4-14 1 5 26 Elliott 40 1-6 12-16 1-8 2 4 14 Robinson 38 3-7 3-4 5-13 2 5 9 Elie 33 4-7 6-7 1-3 0 3 15 Johnson 42 5-11 2-4 0-1 3 3 12 Daniels 6 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 2 Jackson 15 1-3 0-1 0-1 1 0 2 S Kerr 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Perdue 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Rose 13 0-3 2-2 2-3 0 4 2 J Kersey DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-62 33-46 13-45 10 24 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.717. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Elliott 0-2, Elie 1-1, Daniels 0-1, Jackson 0-2, S Kerr 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 4, Robinson 3, Elliott). Turnovers: 16 (Rose 4, Robinson 3, Duncan 2, Elie 2, Elliott 2, Daniels, Johnson). Steals: 10 (Jackson 3, Robinson 3, Daniels, Duncan, Johnson, Rose). ____________________________________________ Utah 17 22 24 15 - 78 San Antonio 18 16 25 25 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Eisley, 0:09 3rd; , 8:02 4th). San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 7:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (Eisley, 0:49 3rd). A: 35,122. T: 2:31. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Dan Crawford, Greg Willard.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs are halfway home to being at home for the entire NBA playoffs.

Tim Duncan won his ballyhooed MVP duel with Karl Malone as he led an early-fourth quarter surge that rallied the Spurs to a crucial 84-78 victory over the Utah Jazz, their 13th straight home triumph.

"Everyone is believing in what we are doing and everyone wants to be on the floor," Duncan said. "It's been a long road with a bunch of new players. We had to believe in what we were doing. Now we are working off each other and feeding off each other."

The Spurs (35-13) entered Saturday's home game against Portland knowing they could secure the NBA's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs by winning their final four games. They began the tough trek by surviving an overtime game against the Trail Blazers and today pulled even in the loss column with the Jazz (36-13).

"They should have confidence," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They're big, long and quick and that's a bad combination to have to play against. If they ever had a lack of confidence playing against us, they certainly didn't show it in Utah or tonight."

San Antonio went 2-1 against Utah this season and holds the tiebreaker edge. To seal the home-court edge, it must win at Portland (35-13) on Tuesday and Golden State (20-28) on Wednesday.

"Nobody is going to turn down those opportunities but we are just going to go out and win basketball games," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The real important stuff is when the real playoffs start. This is just a mini-playoff. Playoff time tells the tale."

Duncan had 26 points and 14 rebounds. He scored eight points in a 15-4 burst at the outset of the final period that turned a four-point deficit into a 74-67 lead midway through the quarter.

"Sometimes I can take a dribble and try to beat my man or I can draw the double-team and throw it out," Duncan said.

"Tim obviously was great scoring and playing the double-team," Popovich said. "He just did a better and better job as the game went on."

In front of an Alamodome crowd of 35,122 -- the largest in the NBA this season -- the Spurs made 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch and held off the Jazz, who dropped to 4-5 since a league season-high 11-game winning streak.

After the final horn, Duncan heard the chants of "MVP, MVP" from the crowd. Along with Malone, Miami's Alonzo Mourning and Philadelphia's Iverson, the second-year pro is considered one of the favorites for the NBA's highest individual honor.

"It was a great feeling. It was exciting," Duncan said. "I don't know what to say. There is no real way to describe it."

"A lot of guys are deserving, but Tim's numbers speak for themselves," teammate Avery Johnson said. "There are a lot of deserving guys, like Malone, Alonzo Mourning, even Iverson -- I'm a little biased toward the little guys. But Tim was great tonight."

Malone, who the award in 1997, offered his own viewpoint of the MVP race.

"Tim played great," he said. "I'm not voting for anyone, certainly not myself. I have a gut feeling how it's going to go but I'm not gonna say."

Malone totaled 24 points and 14 rebounds. He also scored eight points in the final period, but four came in the final minute, when the Jazz were playing a futile game of catch-up.

Utah blew its own chance to lock up home-court advantage and ends its regular season Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Jazz have finished with the best record in the Western Conference each of the last two seasons.

Utah took a 63-59 lead to the fourth quarter but sputtered on offense as the period began. A dunk by Duncan gave the Spurs the lead for good at 67-65 with 9:05 to go and capped the burst with another slam that extended the advantage to seven points with 5:35 remaining.

A running hook by Avery Johnson kept the margin at 80-74 with 1:06 to go and it was at least a two-possession game thereafter.

Mario Elie scored 15 points, Sean Elliott added 14 and Johnson 12 for the Spurs, who recovered from a poor-shooting first half to finish at 40 percent (25-of-62) from the field.

David Robinson was held to nine points but grabbed 13 rebounds as San Antonio held a 45-30 advantage on the boards. Elliott contributed eight rebounds.

"You get to a certain point where you know your time is limited," Robinson said. "I know I'm needed to do more in different areas, like defensively. It's nice that Tim takes some of the load on the offensive end. That lets me work on other things."

Thurl Bailey was the only other Jazz player in double figures with 11 points. Jeff Hornacek added nine for Utah, which shot 42 percent (30-of-71) and was outscored 33-17 at the foul line.

"They outrebounded us, outhustled us and outscreened us," Sloan said. "They are a very talented team."

Bailey scored nine points and Malone eight as the Jazz grabbed a 39-34 halftime lead. Utah shot 45 percent (16-of-35) and held San Antonio to just 29 percent (16-of-35). Elliott kept the Spurs close with 11 points, all but two from the line.

"There are no magic formulas for that," Popovich said. "You just have to keep shooting. The percentages say that you won't keep shooting 29 percent."

Duncan scored nine points and Malone eight in the third quarter.

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