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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 23 18 27 18 86 SAN ANTONIO 21 20 18 34 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 23, HOWARD EISLEY 16, BRYON RUSSELL 15 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 46, TERRY PORTER 16, JAREN JACKSON 8

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 11, BRYON RUSSELL 7 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, HOWARD EISLEY 6 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 6, MARIO ELIE 3

ATT: 17,944


Extended Box

UTAH (86) AT SAN ANTONIO (93)

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

MALONE F 40 7-14 9-11 2 9 11 4 2 2 2 23 RUSSELL F 37 5-11 3-3 3 4 7 1 2 0 2 15 POLYNICE C 26 3-7 1-1 3 3 6 0 5 0 2 7 HORNACEK G 30 3-8 2-3 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 9 STOCKTON G 32 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 10 3 2 6 6 EISLEY 26 7-12 0-0 0 3 3 6 1 3 1 16 LEWIS 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 OSTERTAG 20 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 5 0 0 4 GILLIAM 9 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 VAUGHN 9 1-3 1-3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 18-23 10 29 39 24 26 8 18 86 (.419) (.783) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 46 16-28 14-16 3 11 14 2 2 0 3 46 JACKSON F 22 2-4 2-2 0 4 4 2 4 0 0 8 ROBINSON C 22 2-5 0-0 0 6 6 0 5 1 3 4 ELIE G 30 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 3 5 5 3 6 JOHNSON G 32 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 1 2 4 PORTER 22 5-8 2-3 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 16 ROSE 23 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 DANIELS 24 3-7 1-1 0 3 3 2 0 4 2 7 J KERSEY 14 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 2 WALKER 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-68 23-26 4 31 35 15 26 13 16 93 (.471) (.885) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

UTAH 23 18 27 18 - 86 SAN ANTONIO 21 20 18 34 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, RUSSELL, GILLIAM, MALONE, POLYNICE, LEWIS. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, DANIELS, ROSE, ROBINSON, J KERSEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-10 (.600), RUSSELL 2-3, HORNACEK 1-3, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 2-2, VAUGHN 1-1. SAN ANTONIO 6-9 (.667), DUNCAN 0-1, JACKSON 2-2, ELIE 0-1, PORTER 4-4, DANIELS 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - GILLIAM, SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH, ROBINSON, ELIE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, JOE FORTE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 17,944. T - 2:21.


Box Score

UTAH (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 7-14 9-11 2-11 4 2 23 Russell 37 5-11 3-3 3-7 1 2 15 Polynice 26 3-7 1-1 3-6 0 5 7 Hornacek 30 3-8 2-3 1-2 1 1 9 Stockton 32 2-7 2-2 0-3 10 3 6 Eisley 26 7-12 0-0 0-3 6 1 16 Lewis 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Ostertag 20 2-6 0-0 1-4 0 5 4 Gilliam 9 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Vaughn 9 1-3 1-3 0-1 1 0 4 Padgett DNP - coach's decision Keefe DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 18-23 10-39 24 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Russell 2-3, Hornacek 1-3, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 2-2, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Ostertag 3, Russell, Gilliam, Malone, Polynice, Lewis). Turnovers: 18 (Stockton 6, Hornacek 3, Malone 2, Polynice 2, Russell 2, Eisley, Lewis, Vaughn). Steals: 8 (Eisley 3, Malone 2, Stockton 2, Hornacek).

SAN ANTONIO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 46 16-28 14-16 3-14 2 2 46 Jackson 22 2-4 2-2 0-4 2 4 8 Robinson 22 2-5 0-0 0-6 0 5 4 Elie 30 2-4 2-2 0-3 3 5 6 Johnson 32 2-7 0-0 0-1 6 3 4 Porter 22 5-8 2-3 0-1 0 1 16 Rose 23 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 4 0 Daniels 24 3-7 1-1 0-3 2 0 7 J Kersey 14 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Walker 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 23-26 4-35 15 26 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (Duncan 0-1, Jackson 2-2, Elie 0-1, Porter 4-4, Daniels 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan, Daniels, Rose, Robinson, J Kersey). Turnovers: 17 (Duncan 3, Elie 3, Robinson 3, Daniels 2, Johnson 2, Porter 2, Rose). Steals: 13 (Elie 5, Daniels 4, J Kersey 2, Johnson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Utah 23 18 27 18 - 86 San Antonio 21 20 18 34 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Gilliam, 9:33 4th). San Antonio 3 (Head Coach Popovich, 10:37 3rd; Robinson, 10:37 3rd; Elie, 6:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,944. T: 2:21. Officials: Ed F Rush, Joe Forte, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz couldn't stop Tim Duncan or find Terry Porter.

Duncan scored a career-high 46 points and Porter hit a pair of huge 3-pointers in the final minute as the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 93-86 victory over the Jazz and took over first place in the Midwest Division.

The 7-foot Duncan simply was on fire. He had plenty of bank shots among his 16-of-28 shooting and also made 14-of-16 free throws, including a pair with 6:24 remaining that gave the Spurs the lead for good at 76-74. The 1999 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player added 14 rebounds for good measure.

"He had a great game," said Jazz superstar forward and two-time NBA MVP Karl Malone, who had no success defending Duncan. "There is nothing else to say. End of story. Period."

Duncan matched the highest point total in the NBA this season, established by Philadelphia's Allen Iverson at Orlando on November 10. He surpassed his previous high of 42 against Vancouver on December 9.

"It felt good," Duncan said. "It felt better to get the victory."

"He shot the ball every time he touched it," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's a special player and he had it rolling. We got the ball in his hands and kept going to him because he was having a great night."

With the Jazz collapsing on Duncan, the perimeter opened up for Porter, who scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Spurs were clinging to an 84-82 lead when Porter buried a 3-pointer from the right corner with 51 seconds left.

After two free throws by Karl Malone, Porter drilled another 3-pointer from the left wing to seal it with 16 seconds to go.

"On the first one, Tim Duncan was double-teamed and he kicked the ball out and I was open," Porter said. "The other time was off a pick-and-roll."

"Terry Porter was great off the bench," Popovich said. "He did smart things on the court. He was solid and to be able to do things like he did against a John Stockton was great."

Duncan scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, matching Utah's total. He got almost no help as no one besides Porter was in double figures for the Spurs (24-12). David Robinson was held to four points and six rebounds.

"We are not surprised he scored 46 points," said Spurs guard Antonio Daniels, Duncan's best friend on the team. "I didn't know anyone could score 46 points off the glass, but nobody is surprised with that performance."

"This is a nice win for us," Porter said. "It's good to get a win against a quality team in our division."

Malone had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz (22-11), who had won 14 of their last 17 games but blew a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

"We couldn't do anything with Duncan tonight," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He is a tremendous player and an obvious MVP candidate. He scored on almost every possession in the final quarter down the stretch."

"What else can you say other than he's just tremendous?" said Stockton.

A jumper by Howard Eisley, who scored 16 points off the bench, gave Utah a 74-68 lead with 8:16 left before San Antonio took control with a 10-0 run.

Duncan passed out of a double-team to Porter for a 3-pointer, made 1-of-2 free throws and followed Daniels' miss to give San Antonio a 74-74 tie with 7:05 to play. He added two free throws and Daniels made a steal and flying dunk for a 78-74 lead with 6:10 left.

Stockton hit a jumper but Duncan answered with a bank shot. Malone made a layup but Duncan harassed him into missing a jumper, buried another banker, drew an offensive foul from Malone and spun into the lane for a hook and an 84-78 bulge with 1:56 remaining.

Malone and Stockton each made two free throws, setting the stage for Porter.

"We're showing the composure we need," Duncan said. "It's what we had last year."

The Spurs shot 47 percent (32-of-68) and held the Jazz to 42 percent (31-of-74). Bryon Russell scored 15 points for Utah, which held a 39-35 rebounding edge.

Stockton picked up two fouls in the first 18 seconds but Eisley came on and scored nine points in the first quarter, giving the Jazz a 23-21 lead. Utah widened a 41-41 halftime tie to a 68-59 edge entering the fourth quarter behind eight third-quarter points from Malone.

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