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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 25 12 34 23 94 VANCOUVER 20 19 25 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 32, BRYON RUSSELL 25, HOWARD EISLEY 9 VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 22, MIKE BIBBY 22, MICHAEL DICKERSON 17

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 12, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, JACQUE VAUGHN 6 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 12,909


Extended Box

UTAH (94) AT VANCOUVER (89)

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

MALONE F 41 13-23 6-6 4 8 12 5 4 2 2 32 RUSSELL F 37 9-14 6-11 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 25 POLYNICE C 25 4-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 2 8 EISLEY G 36 3-5 2-4 0 3 3 4 2 1 2 9 STOCKTON G 34 3-8 2-2 0 0 0 12 2 2 2 8 VAUGHN 14 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 1 2 2 LEWIS 15 1-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 3 2 2 2 GILLIAM 11 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 KEEFE 9 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 18 1-1 4-4 0 3 3 0 2 0 3 6 HORNACEK DNP - SORE BACK AND KNEE PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-65 22-31 7 31 38 28 20 9 18 94 (.538) (.710) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 36 7-19 1-2 4 8 12 3 5 2 4 15 HARRINGTON F 44 10-16 2-2 5 5 10 2 3 0 1 22 REEVES C 31 3-11 0-0 2 6 8 2 3 1 0 6 BIBBY G 44 10-18 2-2 2 1 3 9 1 4 4 22 DICKERSON G 39 8-18 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 3 3 17 LONG 11 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 WEST 16 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 PALACIO 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 CARR 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-89 7-8 15 26 41 21 24 11 12 89 (.449) (.875) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

UTAH 25 12 34 23 - 94 VANCOUVER 20 19 25 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, GILLIAM, MALONE. VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON, LONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-5 (.400), RUSSELL 1-1, EISLEY 1-2, STOCKTON 0-2. VANCOUVER 2-10 (.200), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, HARRINGTON 0-1, BIBBY 0-3, DICKERSON 1-2, SCOTT 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, JIM CAPERS, HUE HOLLINS. A - 12,909. T - 2:10.


Box Score

UTAH (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 13-23 6-6 4-12 5 4 32 Russell 37 9-14 6-11 1-4 1 3 25 Polynice 25 4-5 0-0 2-5 0 3 8 Eisley 36 3-5 2-4 0-3 4 2 9 Stockton 34 3-8 2-2 0-0 12 2 8 Vaughn 14 1-5 0-0 0-1 6 1 2 Lewis 15 1-1 0-2 0-2 0 3 2 Gilliam 11 0-3 2-2 0-3 0 0 2 Keefe 9 0-0 0-0 0-5 0 0 0 Ostertag 18 1-1 4-4 0-3 0 2 6 Hornacek DNP - sore back and knee Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-65 22-31 7-38 28 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Russell 1-1, Eisley 1-2, Stockton 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 2, Gilliam, Malone). Turnovers: 18 (Ostertag 3, Eisley 2, Gilliam 2, Lewis 2, Malone 2, Polynice 2, Stockton 2, Vaughn 2, Russell). Steals: 9 (Lewis 2, Malone 2, Stockton 2, Eisley, Polynice, Vaughn).

VANCOUVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 36 7-19 1-2 4-12 3 5 15 Harrington 44 10-16 2-2 5-10 2 3 22 Reeves 31 3-11 0-0 2-8 2 3 6 Bibby 44 10-18 2-2 2-3 9 1 22 Dickerson 39 8-18 0-0 0-4 3 4 17 Long 11 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 0 West 16 0-2 2-2 0-1 2 3 2 Palacio 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 Carr 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lopez DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-89 7-8 15-41 21 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Harrington 0-1, Bibby 0-3, Dickerson 1-2, Scott 1-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Harrington, Long). Turnovers: 12 (Abdur-rahim 4, Bibby 4, Dickerson 3, Harrington). Steals: 11 (Bibby 4, Dickerson 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Reeves, West). ____________________________________________ Utah 25 12 34 23 - 94 Vancouver 20 19 25 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,909. T: 2:10. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Jim Capers, Hue Hollins.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The good news is the Grizzlies are remaining in Vancouver. The bad news is they remained winless against the Utah Jazz.

The Grizzlies dropped to 0-17 all-time against the Jazz with a 94-89 loss as Utah's Karl Malone scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half.

Hours after the formal announcement that St. Louis businessman Bill Laurie no longer was interested in buying the Grizzlies and moving them to his hometown, Vancouver's futility against Utah continued. The Jazz are the only Western Conference team the Grizzlies have not beaten since entering the NBA in 1995.

"I'm happy about it," Grizzlies star forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim said. "It would have been tough to have moved and start over like that. We've built relationships with people in this city and it would have been tough. It's something I really didn't want to do.

"We're going to get them. We've just got to keep gnawing away at them. Oh-and-17, against a good team, the situation we were in with them tonight, we've been there before. We've got to keep at them."

Working against Othella Harrington and relying mainly on jump shots, Malone scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the third quarter, when the Jazz turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 71-64 lead. Malone also grabbed 12 rebounds.

"When you get it going like that, you put a lot more pressure on them," Malone said. "I was selling it for the outside jumper but I tried to mix it up and I think it put a lot of pressure on them."

"He came out and really got it going in the second half," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We pushed the ball to him. He made some really tough shots and that's where his ability has always been. If he keeps playing hard, eventually something happens."

Another jumper by Malone gave Utah an 88-80 advantage with 4:19 remaining before Vancouver rallied, closing to 90-89 on a jumper by Abdur-Rahim. The Grizzlies fouled Bryon Russell, who made both free throws to finish with a career-high 25 points.

"Russell has gradually gotten more confidence by playing with these guys and now he's stepped forward and taken a new role with the team. It's really great to see," Sloan said.

On the ensuing possession, Abdur-Rahim and Mike Bibby nearly collided on an exchange of the ball and Bibby's 3-pointer was way off. The Jazz rebounded and Howard Eisley made two free throws with five seconds left to seal it.

John Stockton handed out 12 assists for Utah, which shot 54 percent (35-of-65) and overcame the absence of injured guard Jeff Hornacek to win for the ninth time in 11 games. Hornacek has a swollen left knee.

"I thought that they played well and we played last night," said Sloan. "We looked a little bit tired to start with but we had a really good third quarter. We ran the floor a little bit better and got a couple of baskets and attacked them a little bit more rather than let them attack us."

Harrington held his own against Malone with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have dropped the first four games of a five-game homestand.

Malone scored 12 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, using his strength in the low post and a turnaround jumper. His 16-footer gave Utah the lead for good at 61-60 with 3:23 remaining and triggered a 10-2 burst.

Malone fed Eisley for a layup and Olden Polynice dunked before a pair of free throws by Bibby. Russell and Malone each sank two from the line to stretch the lead to 69-62 with 1:55 remaining. Abdur-Rahim made a layup but Malone closed the quarter with a short jumper.

"We came out with a little more fire than at the start of the game when we came out lazy and took them for granted," Russell said. "We won the game as a team. Without each other, we couldn't have done it."

Eisley started for Hornacek and scored nine points. Stockton and Polynice added eight apiece for the Jazz, who held a 22-7 advantage in made free throws.

"I don't want to be overly critical of the officiating because it wasn't a poorly officiated game," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "But, certainly it was more slanted to the better team, the more elite team. I felt they were getting the calls that they needed at that particular point and we weren't. We were getting fouls like we were fouling them but they weren't getting the fouls."

Bibby had 22 points and nine assists. Michael Dickerson scored 17 points and Abdur-Rahim added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who shot 45 percent (40-of-89) and held a 41-38 edge on the glass.

Russell scored eight points in the first quarter as Utah built a 25-20 lead. After Vancouver allowed a season-low 12 points in the second quarter and grabbed a 39-37 halftime lead, it gave up a season-high 34 in the third period.

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