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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 30 15 23 94 SEATTLE 23 21 30 25 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 31, BRYON RUSSELL 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 22, RUBEN PATTERSON 21, VIN BAKER 20

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, OLDEN POLYNICE 11 SEA - HORACE GRANT 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - KARL MALONE 7, JEFF HORNACEK 5 SEA - BRENT BARRY 8, GARY PAYTON 7

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

UTAH (94) AT SEATTLE (99)

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

KEEFE F 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 MALONE F 38 13-22 5-5 3 10 13 7 3 1 4 31 POLYNICE C 38 3-7 0-0 7 4 11 1 2 0 1 6 HORNACEK G 33 3-9 4-4 1 3 4 5 2 0 1 10 STOCKTON G 25 4-8 1-1 0 0 0 4 2 3 3 10 RUSSELL 37 7-14 4-4 1 3 4 0 4 2 0 20 EISLEY 23 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 6 VAUGHN 15 3-7 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 7 OSTERTAG 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CHILCUTT 19 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 17-18 14 24 38 21 23 6 14 94 (.468) (.944) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

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

BAKER F 40 9-20 2-4 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 20 PATTERSON F 35 9-11 2-5 2 1 3 3 2 3 2 21 GRANT C 41 5-10 1-2 4 4 8 2 4 2 1 11 B BARRY G 28 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 8 4 1 2 3 PAYTON G 40 9-20 3-3 0 6 6 7 2 2 1 22 MAXWELL 27 6-12 4-6 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 18 MCCOY 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 2 LEWIS 9 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION VINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 12-20 10 26 36 24 19 9 10 99 (.519) (.600) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(23 PTS)

UTAH 26 30 15 23 - 94 SEATTLE 23 21 30 25 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - RUSSELL. SEATTLE - PATTERSON 2, GRANT, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-10 (.300), HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 1-3, RUSSELL 2-3, EISLEY 0-2, CHILCUTT 0-1. SEATTLE 5-14 (.357), BAKER 0-1, PATTERSON 1-1, B BARRY 1-2, PAYTON 1-6, MAXWELL 2-4. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,072. T - 2:08.


Box Score

UTAH (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Malone 38 13-22 5-5 3-13 7 3 31 Polynice 38 3-7 0-0 7-11 1 2 6 Hornacek 33 3-9 4-4 1-4 5 2 10 Stockton 25 4-8 1-1 0-0 4 2 10 Russell 37 7-14 4-4 1-4 0 4 20 Eisley 23 2-4 2-2 0-2 2 2 6 Vaughn 15 3-7 1-2 0-1 1 3 7 Ostertag 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Chilcutt 19 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 3 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 17-18 14-38 21 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 1-3, Russell 2-3, Eisley 0-2, Chilcutt 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Russell). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Vaughn 2, Chilcutt, Eisley, Hornacek, Keefe, Polynice). Steals: 6 (Stockton 3, Russell 2, Malone).

SEATTLE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 40 9-20 2-4 3-6 1 1 20 Patterson 35 9-11 2-5 2-3 3 2 21 Grant 41 5-10 1-2 4-8 2 4 11 B Barry 28 1-2 0-0 0-3 8 4 3 Payton 40 9-20 3-3 0-6 7 2 22 Maxwell 27 6-12 4-6 1-3 2 2 18 Mccoy 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 Lewis 9 0-0 0-0 0-5 0 0 0 Williams 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Foster DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Vinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 12-20 10-36 24 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Baker 0-1, Patterson 1-1, B Barry 1-2, Payton 1-6, Maxwell 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Patterson 2, Grant, Mccoy). Turnovers: 11 (B Barry 2, Patterson 2, Baker, Grant, Lewis, Maxwell, Mccoy, Payton). Steals: 9 (Patterson 3, Grant 2, Payton 2, B Barry, Baker). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 30 15 23 - 94 Seattle 23 21 30 25 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Head Coach P Westphal, 3:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:08. Officials: Luis Grillo, Leon Wood, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Karl Malone became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 29,000 points. The milestone undoubtedly would have been sweeter if it were accompanied by a victory for the Utah Jazz.

Gary Payton scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Vernon Maxwell again came off the bench to give the Seattle SuperSonics a lift as they rallied past the Jazz, 99-94, and put a damper on Malone's achievement.

Malone collected 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. He reached the plateau with a short jumper that forged a 69-69 tie with 1:09 remaining in the third period.

The 14-year forward has 29,012 career points, leaving him 265 behind Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time scoring list. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) are the two other players with more points than Malone.

"(Malone) has had a tremendous ability to get himself ready to play," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "That is the No. 1 thing about him that I have always admired. He has played when he shouldn't have played but he always jumped up there and tried to do the best he can."

"(Malone's) consistency is very impressive," Utah guard John Stockton added. "Even more than that, his improvement. He has been great for so many years and he keeps getting better."

Payton, who was just 2-of-5 from the floor in the first half, helped his club overcome a 56-44 halftime deficit that grew to 61-44 with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter.

The superstar point guard scored eight points and fed Ruben Patterson for a driving layup to cap a 12-0 run that pulled Seattle within 61-56 with 5:30 left in the third period.

"We just played defense (in the third quarter). That's what it was," Payton said. "We played defense, executed and got easy baskets. Against a Utah team, you can't let set up and pound us and clog the middle."

With 2:42 remaining, Patterson unleashed a desperation 35-footer from the left sideline with the shot clock winding down that swished through, giving Seattle a 66-65 lead and setting the stage for a seesaw battle. It was Patterson's first career 3-pointer.

"We came in (the locker room), sat down and said we have a whole second half," Patterson said. "We came out there with a lot of energy. We cut the lead down. I hit a big shot -- a 3-pointer with the shot clock going down. I just shot it and it went all net. Gary and everybody started hitting. We can't get behind like that with Utah no more."

Maxwell, who scored 11 of his 17 points after intermission, capped the third-quarter outburst by draining a 3-pointer to give Seattle a 74-71 lead entering the final period.

"We didn't come out in the third quarter and even try to play against them," Sloan said. "We just started shooting the basketball. Whoever got the first look, it looked like they were going to throw it up. We couldn't defend them. The faster we shot the ball, the easier it was (for them) to get fast breaks."

Bryon Russell's layup gave Utah its final lead at 81-80 with 5:47 to play, but Payton hit a pair of free throws and Maxwell scored on a driving layup to give the Sonics an 84-81 advantage with 5:19 remaining.

Stockton made a 3-pointer with 1:18 left to pull Utah within 95-94. Payton answered with a five-foot jumper before Patterson capped the scoring with a pair of free throws.

"I think (the Sonics) wanted it a little badder than we did," Malone said.

"They just worked us, it's as simple as that," Stockton added. "They outworked us and earned their way back into it."

Russell scored 20 points and Stockton added 10 for the Jazz, who have lost four in a row here.

Patterson and Vin Baker collected 21 points apiece for Seattle, which improved to 3-0 for a second straight season. Last year, the Sonics won their first six games but failed to reach the postseason for the first time in nine seasons.

"Being down 16 to the Jazz and coming back and winning, that's a task," Baker said. "It really shows the character in our team tonight. These are the kinds of wins you like to get against a quality basketball team like the Jazz."

"It's not that exciting (being unbeaten) because its only the third game of the year," Payton added. "But it was a good victory for us."

The Jazz slipped to 1-2 for the first time since a 1-3 start in 1997 when Stockton was sidelined after knee surgery.

Utah backup center Greg Ostertag left tonight's contest with 11 minutes remaining in the first half after suffering a sprained MCL.

Jeff Hornacek scored 10 points and former Sonics center Olden Polynice grabbed 11 rebounds for Utah, which shot 47 percent (37-of-79) and held a 38-36 advantage on the boards.

"That was a fantastic game," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "We could have rolled over when Utah made their run. They did what they do and we came and just decided we had to outwork them and out execute them in the second half and that's what we did."

Horace Grant had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 52 percent (41-of-79) and scored 21 points off 15 turnovers.

Utah began the second half the same way it ended the first as Hornacek converted a three-point play and Malone added a pair of free throws to give the Jazz a 61-44 cushion with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter.

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