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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 20 18 15 75 PORTLAND 17 25 21 22 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - ARMEN GILLIAM 15, JOHN STOCKTON 12, KARL MALONE 12 POR - JERMAINE ONEAL 14, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 13, GREG ANTHONY 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 7, BRYON RUSSELL 7 POR - BRIAN GRANT 12, JERMAINE ONEAL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, BONZI WELLS 3

ATT: 20,534


Extended Box

UTAH (75) AT PORTLAND (85)

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

MALONE F 34 5-12 2-4 0 6 6 2 2 1 1 12 RUSSELL F 37 1-16 1-2 4 3 7 2 3 1 1 4 POLYNICE C 30 3-7 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 0 6 HORNACEK G 24 2-5 3-3 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 7 STOCKTON G 38 3-12 4-6 2 1 3 3 0 1 2 12 GILLIAM 25 5-10 5-5 3 2 5 0 2 1 2 15 EISLEY 19 1-7 4-4 0 3 3 5 2 0 1 6 LEWIS 22 2-5 2-4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 OSTERTAG 6 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 KEEFE 3 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 25-79 21-28 12 23 35 18 20 5 9 75 (.316) (.750) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 9(13 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 24 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 WALLACE F 24 5-8 0-0 0 7 7 2 5 1 3 10 SABONIS C 24 4-8 1-2 1 5 6 2 1 0 1 9 SMITH G 29 2-10 2-2 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 6 STOUDAMIRE G 29 6-14 0-0 0 1 1 7 3 1 0 13 ONEAL 23 6-8 2-3 5 3 8 1 3 0 0 14 WELLS 19 4-7 0-0 2 4 6 3 2 1 3 8 B GRANT 24 3-6 0-0 0 12 12 1 3 0 2 6 SCHREMPF 24 1-4 3-4 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 5 ANTHONY 20 4-7 1-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 12 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 9-14 10 38 48 20 24 3 15 85 (.468) (.643) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

UTAH 22 20 18 15 - 75 PORTLAND 17 25 21 22 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - EISLEY, STOCKTON, POLYNICE. PORTLAND - WALLACE, B GRANT, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-14 (.286), RUSSELL 1-6, POLYNICE 0-1, STOCKTON 2-4, EISLEY 0-1, LEWIS 1-2. PORTLAND 4-8 (.500), STOUDAMIRE 1-3, SCHREMPF 0-1, ANTHONY 3-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, HEAD COACH SLOAN 2 (EJECTED), GILLIAM, PORTLAND - WALLACE 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, LEROY RICHARDSON, KEVIN FEHR. A - 20,534. T - 2:05.


Box Score

UTAH (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 34 5-12 2-4 0-6 2 2 12 Russell 37 1-16 1-2 4-7 2 3 4 Polynice 30 3-7 0-0 2-7 1 2 6 Hornacek 24 2-5 3-3 0-2 3 3 7 Stockton 38 3-12 4-6 2-3 3 0 12 Gilliam 25 5-10 5-5 3-5 0 2 15 Eisley 19 1-7 4-4 0-3 5 2 6 Lewis 22 2-5 2-4 0-0 1 4 7 Ostertag 6 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Keefe 3 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Vaughn 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-79 21-28 12-35 18 20 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.316, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Russell 1-6, Polynice 0-1, Stockton 2-4, Eisley 0-1, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Eisley, Stockton, Polynice). Turnovers: 9 (Gilliam 2, Stockton 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Keefe, Malone, Russell). Steals: 5 (Gilliam, Hornacek, Malone, Russell, Stockton).

PORTLAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 24 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Wallace 24 5-8 0-0 0-7 2 5 10 Sabonis 24 4-8 1-2 1-6 2 1 9 Smith 29 2-10 2-2 2-2 0 3 6 Stoudamire 29 6-14 0-0 0-1 7 3 13 Oneal 23 6-8 2-3 5-8 1 3 14 Wells 19 4-7 0-0 2-6 3 2 8 B Grant 24 3-6 0-0 0-12 1 3 6 Schrempf 24 1-4 3-4 0-3 2 0 5 Anthony 20 4-7 1-3 0-1 0 3 12 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 9-14 10-48 20 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Stoudamire 1-3, Schrempf 0-1, Anthony 3-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, B Grant, Smith). Turnovers: 18 (Smith 3, Wallace 3, Wells 3, Anthony 2, B Grant 2, Pippen, Sabonis). Steals: 3 (Stoudamire, Wallace, Wells). ____________________________________________ Utah 22 20 18 15 - 75 Portland 17 25 21 22 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 4 (Malone, 10:53 3rd; Head Coach Sloan 2 (ejected), 6:32 3rd, 2:26 4th; Gilliam, 2:26 4th). Portland 5 (Wallace 2 (ejected), 0:13 2nd, 2:26 4th; Head Coach Dunleavy, 1:00 3rd; Illegal Defense 2, 6:07 4th, 2:14 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,534. T: 2:05. Officials: Jack Nies, Leroy Richardson, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal outscored Karl Malone and the Portland Trail Blazers outclassed the Utah Jazz.

O'Neal scored 14 points and Malone was held to 12 as the Trail Blazers shut down the Jazz, 85-75, re-asserting their dominance over their Western Conference foe.

Buried on a deep and talented bench, O'Neal had played in just one of the last four games. But the 6-11 small forward sparked the Blazers, making 6-of-8 shots and grabbing eight rebounds.

"I think it is the best I played all year," said O'Neal, who had been averaging 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. "I think earlier in the season I was down a little bit about not playing as much as I wanted to play and it was showing.

"My teammates really have been in my ear, really pushing me harder. I'm just trying to work hard."

Tonight's results impressed Portland coach Mike Dunleavy, whose team limited Utah to just 32 percent (25-of-79) from the field.

"With Jermaine, I liked what I have seen," Dunleavy said. "Frankly, I think, this was his best game since I have been here. He may have scored more points and gotten more rebounds in other games but in this one, he did it against a really great team and was key in helping us get the win."

While O'Neal starred, Malone struggled. The NBA Most Valuable Player was held to a season-low 12 points for a second straight game, making only 5-of-12 shots. Hounded by Rasheed Wallace and Brian Grant, Malone encountered early foul trouble and scored just seven points through the first three quarters.

Malone wasn't the only Jazz player who had an off night. Bryon Russell was 1-of-16, John Stockton was 3-of-12 and Howard Eisley 1-of-7.

"We got beat by a better team," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who was ejected with 2:26 remaining for arguing. "They wanted to win and they put it all over us. The Blazers have everything going for them. Whatever they wanted to do, they got it. We just didn't have mush resistance."

Damon Stoudamire scored 13 points and fellow point guard Greg Anthony added 12 for the Blazers, who eliminated the Jazz from last season's playoffs and avenged a 92-87 loss at Utah on November 9.

Portland (32-10) moved within one game of the first-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division and knocked Utah into a first-place tie with San Antonio in the Midwest Division. In a nine-day span, the Blazers have beaten Los Angeles, San Antonio and Utah.

"The only time you can sit back, relax and gloat is when you win it all," Dunleavy said.

"They're one of the best teams in the West but I can't tell you how good they are," Stockton said. "That's your guys' work."

The Blazers took the lead for good at 53-50 on Stoudamire's 3-pointer with 4:38 left in the third quarter and took a 63-60 edge into the final period.

A layup by Malone had the Jazz within 69-65 with 9:23 to play before Portland put it away with a 10-2 burst. Reserve guard Bonzi Wells made a jumper and Anthony sank a 3-pointer before Utah's Armen Gilliam scored to make it 74-67. Again, Wells hit a jumper and Anthony made a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 79-67 with 6:29 to go.

"They put some good guys out there," Sloan said. "O'Neal was terrific. Greg Anthony always gives us problems. Bonzi Wells -- where did he come from? Portland just has so many good players."

"That's part of our thing, you know," Wells said. "We have got two different rosters and they don't even worry about guys like me."

Utah got no closer than eight points thereafter and showed its frustration as Sloan charged referee Leroy Richardson after he was ejected. Portland went scoreless for the final 2:28 and still won by double digits.

Wallace scored 10 points before being ejected and Grant grabbed 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77) and held a 48-35 rebounding advantage.

Malone picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and had to sit down. Gilliam came on and scored seven points in the first quarter as Utah grabbed a 22-17 lead.

Malone returned at the start of the second quarter but made just one shot in the period. O'Neal scored eight points in the first half as Portland battled back to a 42-42 halftime tie.

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