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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 31 30 12 89 UTAH 27 29 26 27 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 24, NICK VAN EXEL 16, GEORGE MCCLOUD 16 UTH - KARL MALONE 33, BRYON RUSSELL 17, QUINCY LEWIS 14

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 6, KEON CLARK 6 UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 8, OLDEN POLYNICE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, RON MERCER 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,196


Extended Box

DENVER (89) AT UTAH (109)

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

MCDYESS F 34 10-16 4-6 1 5 6 1 3 0 2 24 POSEY F 15 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 LAFRENTZ C 30 0-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 1 MERCER G 37 4-11 2-6 1 4 5 3 1 0 3 10 VAN EXEL G 36 5-8 5-7 0 3 3 10 3 2 5 16 CLARK 20 5-9 0-0 4 2 6 0 5 0 3 10 MCCLOUD 29 4-10 7-7 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 16 C HERREN 12 0-3 1-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 ROGERS 15 4-6 1-8 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 9 STITH 12 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 21-38 12 26 38 21 22 5 17 89 (.458) (.553) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

MALONE F 40 11-22 10-11 2 5 7 3 5 1 4 33 RUSSELL F 29 8-12 0-0 0 8 8 2 3 1 1 17 POLYNICE C 21 4-6 1-2 3 5 8 0 5 1 0 9 HORNACEK G 30 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 2 1 8 STOCKTON G 31 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 18 3 2 2 12 EISLEY 17 2-9 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 1 1 5 OSTERTAG 15 1-3 0-0 4 0 4 1 3 0 0 2 LEWIS 24 6-10 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 14 VAUGHN 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 KEEFE 18 3-5 1-2 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 7 CHILCUTT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PADGETT 1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 44-87 16-20 12 27 39 33 29 9 11 109 (.506) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

DENVER 16 31 30 12 - 89 UTAH 27 29 26 27 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 2, CLARK 2, ROGERS, MCCLOUD. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, LEWIS, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-11 (.182), POSEY 0-2, LAFRENTZ 0-2, VAN EXEL 1-2, MCCLOUD 1-3, C HERREN 0-2. UTAH 5-11 (.455), MALONE 1-2, RUSSELL 1-1, HORNACEK 0-2, STOCKTON 2-2, EISLEY 0-1, LEWIS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,196. T - 2:07.


Box Score

DENVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 34 10-16 4-6 1-6 1 3 24 Posey 15 0-2 0-0 0-4 1 3 0 Lafrentz 30 0-5 1-2 1-3 1 3 1 Mercer 37 4-11 2-6 1-5 3 1 10 Van Exel 36 5-8 5-7 0-3 10 3 16 Clark 20 5-9 0-0 4-6 0 5 10 Mccloud 29 4-10 7-7 2-4 2 1 16 C Herren 12 0-3 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 Rogers 15 4-6 1-8 2-2 1 1 9 Stith 12 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Bowen DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 21-38 12-38 21 22 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.553. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Posey 0-2, Lafrentz 0-2, Van Exel 1-2, Mccloud 1-3, C Herren 0-2). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 6 (Lafrentz 2, Clark 2, Rogers, Mccloud). Turnovers: 18 (Van Exel 5, Clark 3, Mercer 3, Mcdyess 2, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Rogers, Stith). Steals: 5 (Van Exel 2, C Herren, Mccloud, Posey).

UTAH (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 11-22 10-11 2-7 3 5 33 Russell 29 8-12 0-0 0-8 2 3 17 Polynice 21 4-6 1-2 3-8 0 5 9 Hornacek 30 4-9 0-0 1-2 3 0 8 Stockton 31 4-7 2-2 0-2 18 3 12 Eisley 17 2-9 1-1 0-2 2 3 5 Ostertag 15 1-3 0-0 4-4 1 3 2 Lewis 24 6-10 1-2 1-3 1 3 14 Vaughn 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Keefe 18 3-5 1-2 1-2 2 2 7 Chilcutt 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Padgett 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 16-20 12-39 33 29 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Malone 1-2, Russell 1-1, Hornacek 0-2, Stockton 2-2, Eisley 0-1, Lewis 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 4, Lewis, Polynice). Turnovers: 12 (Malone 4, Stockton 2, Vaughn 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Russell). Steals: 9 (Hornacek 2, Stockton 2, Eisley, Lewis, Malone, Polynice, Russell). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 31 30 12 - 89 Utah 27 29 26 27 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,196. T: 2:07. Officials: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Veterans Karl Malone and John Stockton put up their usual impressive numbers, but in crunch time it was rookie Quincy Lewis who led the Utah Jazz to a 109-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Malone scored 33 points and Stockton handed out a season-high 18 assists as Utah posted its seventh straight home win against Denver and its third consecutive triumph overall. But it was Lewis who hit a big 3-pointer at the end of the third period and helped the Jazz pull away with seven points during an 11-2 fourth-quarter spurt.

The 6-7, 215-pound forward from Minnesota hit 6-of-10 shots for a season-high 14 points. His 25-footer with 6.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave Utah an 82-77 lead.

Antonio McDyess scored 24 points for the Nuggets and pulled them within 84-81 with 9:14 to play before Lewis put the game out of reach with two jumpers, a runner and a free throw that helped the Jazz build a 95-83 cushion with 6:40 left.

"That's one thing about being a pro, you have to learn how to work hard and be in NBA shape and play at NBA level," Lewis said. "This offense is geared towards my style of play and that's one of the reasons I think they drafted me."

Malone made 11-of-22 shots and Stockton scored 12 points for Utah, which improved to 12-3 at the Delta Center and pulled within one game of idle San Antonio for the top spot in the Midwest Division.

"When you are surrounded by some great players it takes a lot of the pressure off," Lewis said. "In the game of basketball minutes are always earned, so I've been going out and trying to do what the coaches have asked me."

Nick Van Exel had 16 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who are a dismal 3-10 on the road this season. Denver has not won in Utah since December 7, 1996 and has lost 11 of 12 overall in the series.

Rookie Chris Herren scored a season-high 16 points off the bench and Ron Mercer and Keon Clark added 10 apiece for the Nuggets, who shot 46 percent (33-of-72) and yielded 24 points off turnovers.

Denver is 8-86 on the road since February 1997 and has lost four of its last five games away from the Pepsi Center.

Bryon Russell scored 17 points for Utah, which shot 51 percent (44-of-87) and held a 39-38 rebounding edge.

Jeff Hornacek's layup with 10:03 remaining in the third quarter gave Utah a 62-49 lead, but the Nuggets quickly climbed back into it.

Ron Mercer made a layup before Van Exel hit a pair of jumpers to shave the deficit to 62-55 with 8:16 remaining in the period. Van Exel followed McDyess' 16-footer with a 3-pointer and a layup to forge a 75-75 tie with 2:19 left.

But Howard Eisley responded with a 22-footer and Lewis' 3-pointer gave Utah a five-point lead entering the final quarter.

"When a team has to come back and expend a lot of energy to try and catch you, they generally don't have enough left to get over the hump and a final score like we had tonight is usually what happens," Hornacek said.

The closing moments of regulation featured a brief altercation between coaches Jerry Sloan of Utah and Dan Issel of Denver.

"(Issel) just got upset and I guess he thought I was keeping the (starters) in there too long," Sloan said. "But I can't worry about something bothering him; it bothered me when he quit in the middle of the (1994-95) season."

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