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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 30 27 21 26 104 SACRAMENTO 19 30 29 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 24, BRYON RUSSELL 24, JOHN STOCKTON 22 SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 22, CHRIS WEBBER 21, NICK ANDERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 9, BRYON RUSSELL 8 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 10, NICK ANDERSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 13, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 6, VLADE DIVAC 4

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

UTAH (104) AT SACRAMENTO (101)

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

MALONE F 38 9-15 6-8 1 8 9 3 4 1 5 24 RUSSELL F 37 9-19 3-5 1 7 8 3 3 3 2 24 POLYNICE C 27 0-5 0-0 4 2 6 1 3 0 1 0 EISLEY G 31 5-11 3-4 1 3 4 3 1 1 0 13 STOCKTON G 39 9-11 3-4 0 4 4 13 1 1 3 22 VAUGHN 18 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 2 3 5 LEWIS 19 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 4 GILLIAM 22 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 6 OSTERTAG 9 3-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 0 1 6 HORNACEK DNP - BACK AND KNEE KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 15-21 12 32 44 28 23 9 16 104 (.519) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 43 8-27 5-6 0 7 7 3 5 1 5 21 C WILLIAMSON F 21 4-5 1-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 9 DIVAC C 36 4-7 3-3 3 7 10 4 2 1 2 11 ANDERSON G 34 6-14 0-2 3 5 8 1 4 1 1 15 J WILLIAMS G 44 8-16 3-3 0 1 1 6 5 3 3 22 STOJAKOVIC 14 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 POLLARD 12 2-3 1-1 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 5 BARRY 21 4-8 1-1 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 11 FUNDERBURKE 5 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 MARTIN 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 CORBIN 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 DELK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 15-19 12 24 36 16 22 9 13 101 (.443) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

UTAH 30 27 21 26 - 104 SACRAMENTO 19 30 29 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG, GILLIAM, POLYNICE. SACRAMENTO - POLLARD 2, WEBBER, DIVAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-11 (.455), RUSSELL 3-5, EISLEY 0-1, STOCKTON 1-1, VAUGHN 1-4. SACRAMENTO 8-21 (.381), WEBBER 0-3, ANDERSON 3-5, J WILLIAMS 3-8, STOJAKOVIC 0-1, BARRY 2-3, CORBIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,317. T - 2:28.


Box Score

UTAH (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 9-15 6-8 1-9 3 4 24 Russell 37 9-19 3-5 1-8 3 3 24 Polynice 27 0-5 0-0 4-6 1 3 0 Eisley 31 5-11 3-4 1-4 3 1 13 Stockton 39 9-11 3-4 0-4 13 1 22 Vaughn 18 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 3 5 Lewis 19 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 4 Gilliam 22 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 4 6 Ostertag 9 3-4 0-0 2-4 1 3 6 Hornacek DNP - back and knee Keefe DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 15-21 12-44 28 23 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Russell 3-5, Eisley 0-1, Stockton 1-1, Vaughn 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Ostertag, Gilliam, Polynice). Turnovers: 19 (Malone 5, Stockton 3, Vaughn 3, Russell 2, Lewis, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 9 (Russell 3, Vaughn 2, Eisley, Gilliam, Malone, Stockton).

SACRAMENTO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 43 8-27 5-6 0-7 3 5 21 C Williamson 21 4-5 1-2 2-2 0 1 9 Divac 36 4-7 3-3 3-10 4 2 11 Anderson 34 6-14 0-2 3-8 1 4 15 J Williams 44 8-16 3-3 0-1 6 5 22 Stojakovic 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Pollard 12 2-3 1-1 2-5 0 2 5 Barry 21 4-8 1-1 2-2 2 1 11 Funderburke 5 1-3 1-1 0-1 0 0 3 Martin 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Corbin 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Delk DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 15-19 12-36 16 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Webber 0-3, Anderson 3-5, J Williams 3-8, Stojakovic 0-1, Barry 2-3, Corbin 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Pollard 2, Webber, Divac). Turnovers: 13 (Webber 5, J Williams 3, Divac 2, Anderson, Martin, Stojakovic). Steals: 9 (J Williams 3, Anderson, Barry, Corbin, Divac, Funderburke, Webber). ____________________________________________ Utah 30 27 21 26 - 104 Sacramento 19 30 29 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:28. Officials: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Karl Malone has been around too long to be intimidated by one of the loudest crowds in the NBA.

Malone scored 24 points, including two crucial baskets in the final two minutes, as the Utah Jazz snapped the Sacramento Kings' seven-game winning streak with a wild 104-101 victory.

"They beat us pretty good the last time and we were just fortunate to win today," said Utah coach Jerry Sloan, referring to the Kings' 105-92 win over the Jazz here on November 12. "They were right there with us all day, or right there at the end, anyway, and it looked like we were gonna have another one of those games."

Trying to overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 5 1/2 minutes, the Kings closed to 96-94 on Jon Barry's jumper, but Malone silenced the rowdy fans at Arco Arena with one of his patented power moves to the basket.

After Chris Webber missed a hook in the lane, Malone made a fallaway jumper from the top of the key to give the Jazz a 100-94 lead with 1:09 remaining.

The Kings, who overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half, did not go quietly as Nick Anderson drilled a 3-pointer to make it 101-99 with 21 seconds remaining.

After John Stockton hit 1-of-2 from the line a second later, the Kings elected to for a 2-pointer and pulled within a point on a driving by Jason Williams with 15 seconds remaining.

Following two free throws by Stockton with 14 seconds left, the Kings had a chance to tie but Webber missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.

His first clanged off the back of the rim with six seconds to play. The rebound caromed to Anderson, who tapped the ball to Webber near midcourt. He launched a 35-footer at the buzzer that did not come close.

"I think it was a positive, if a loss can be a positive," Williams said. "We came back and played a good team. Every time we play these guys it's physical. I just thing there is something between us."

Sacramento was attempting to match its season-high eight-game run from November 12-26. The defeat also ended a nine-game home winning streak for the Kings, who lost for only the third time in 20 games overall at Arco Arena this season.

"It was almost like a college atmosphere," Utah forward Armen Gilliam said. "And it's nice to come in here, keep your focus as a team and get a win in a hostile environment.

"For Sacramento, it seems like Utah is their main rivalry," Gilliam added. "For Utah, it's just another game on the schedule we want to win."

Williams scored 22 points and Webber 21 for Sacramento, which now faces an eight-game, 16-day road trip that opens in Charlotte on Tuesday.

"They really took it to us, and we responded and made some runs to make a game of it," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "I just don't think we had enough energy during parts of the game."

Utah's Bryon Russell also scored 24 points but none in the final period. Stockton added 22 and 13 assists, making his first eight shots and 9-of-11 overall.

"We get no respect, we have to play for 48 minutes," Utah center Olden Polynice said. "We hits shots, we executed, we weren't getting calls and we had to earn everything. We had so many leads, it took a lot of energy for them to keep coming back and maybe they just didn't have enough at the end."

The rivalry between the Jazz and Kings has developed to the point where every meeting resembles a playoff contest, and this one was no different. Four of the previous nine games between the teams went to overtime, including two in last season's thrilling first-round playoff series won by Utah in five games.

However, the Jazz threatened to turn today's contest into a blowout, opening a 51-34 lead in the second period on Russell's jumper with 4:12 to go. Sacramento closed the period with a 15-6 run to pull within 57-49 at the half.

Utah again appeared to take control in the third period, grabbing a 71-58 lead on Malone's free throw with 7:44 remaining. But Williams fueled the Kings' comeback with 11 points in the period. He capped an 18-5 run with a foul shot that tied it 76-76 with 1:59 left.

However, the Kings came out cold in the fourth quarter and Utah opened the period with a 10-0 spurt, building an 88-78 lead on rookie Quincy Lewis' layup with 7:51 to play.

"The start of the fourth quarter was a real killer, where they got that run to start it off," Adelman said.

Sacramento did not get its first points of the period until Webber's two foul shots with 7:34 to go and did not register its first basket until Barry's 3-point play with 6:19 remaining.

"We have to play for 48 minutes," Sacramento center Vlade Divac said. "It's hard when you get down big to try to come back. We had a good effort, but they were the better team today."

Howard Eisley added 13 points for Utah, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81) from the field while holding Sacramento to 44 percent (39-of-88).

"It could have gone into overtime," Polynice said. "They could have won it. The difference was that MVP guy (Malone), the reigning (NBA) MVP."

Anderson scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half.

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