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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 20 28 22 92 PORTLAND 24 28 26 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 23, BRYON RUSSELL 23, JOHN STOCKTON 12 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 17, RASHEED WALLACE 17, STEVE SMITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 6, OLDEN POLYNICE 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 9, ARVYDAS SABONIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 7, JOHN STOCKTON 6 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 9, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5

ATT: 20,584


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT PORTLAND (101)

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

MALONE F 37 9-20 5-6 5 1 6 3 3 0 1 23 RUSSELL F 42 8-14 4-6 0 5 5 4 3 3 2 23 POLYNICE C 28 1-4 2-2 4 2 6 0 3 0 1 4 HORNACEK G 22 1-7 2-2 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 4 STOCKTON G 27 5-8 1-2 0 2 2 6 2 1 2 12 EISLEY 26 3-7 0-1 0 2 2 7 2 1 3 7 GILLIAM 15 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 OSTERTAG 16 3-4 0-2 1 2 3 0 5 0 1 6 VAUGHN 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 LEWIS 19 3-8 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 9 KEEFE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 15-23 10 19 29 26 27 5 12 92 (.443) (.652) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

B GRANT F 25 1-2 4-4 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 6 PIPPEN F 30 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 5 4 1 2 9 SABONIS C 30 5-9 7-8 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 17 SMITH G 31 6-12 0-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 16 STOUDAMIRE G 32 5-10 5-6 2 2 4 9 1 1 1 15 WALLACE 31 7-14 3-4 4 5 9 1 3 1 2 17 ANTHONY 16 2-4 4-6 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 8 WELLS 13 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 ONEAL 11 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 SCHREMPF 21 3-5 2-2 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 9 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-68 27-33 11 30 41 22 22 5 11 101 (.485) (.818) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

UTAH 22 20 28 22 - 92 PORTLAND 24 28 26 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - POLYNICE. PORTLAND - ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 7-18 (.389), MALONE 0-1, RUSSELL 3-8, HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 1-1, EISLEY 1-4, LEWIS 2-3. PORTLAND 8-15 (.533), PIPPEN 3-4, SMITH 4-5, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, WALLACE 0-1, ANTHONY 0-1, WELLS 0-1, SCHREMPF 1-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2 (EJECTED), MALONE, PORTLAND - WELLS, SMITH. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RASHAN MICHEL, JOE DEROSA. A - 20,584. T - 2:28.


Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 9-20 5-6 5-6 3 3 23 Russell 42 8-14 4-6 0-5 4 3 23 Polynice 28 1-4 2-2 4-6 0 3 4 Hornacek 22 1-7 2-2 0-0 5 2 4 Stockton 27 5-8 1-2 0-2 6 2 12 Eisley 26 3-7 0-1 0-2 7 2 7 Gilliam 15 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Ostertag 16 3-4 0-2 1-3 0 5 6 Vaughn 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Lewis 19 3-8 1-2 0-2 0 4 9 Keefe 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 15-23 10-29 26 27 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Malone 0-1, Russell 3-8, Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 1-1, Eisley 1-4, Lewis 2-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Polynice). Turnovers: 12 (Eisley 3, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Gilliam, Lewis, Malone, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 5 (Russell 3, Eisley, Stockton).

PORTLAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 25 1-2 4-4 2-4 0 3 6 Pippen 30 3-7 0-0 1-5 5 4 9 Sabonis 30 5-9 7-8 2-7 1 4 17 Smith 31 6-12 0-1 0-0 2 1 16 Stoudamire 32 5-10 5-6 2-4 9 1 15 Wallace 31 7-14 3-4 4-9 1 3 17 Anthony 16 2-4 4-6 0-4 1 1 8 Wells 13 0-4 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 Oneal 11 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 Schrempf 21 3-5 2-2 0-5 3 2 9 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-68 27-33 11-41 22 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Pippen 3-4, Smith 4-5, Stoudamire 0-2, Wallace 0-1, Anthony 0-1, Wells 0-1, Schrempf 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 1 (Oneal). Turnovers: 12 (B Grant 2, Pippen 2, Wallace 2, Oneal, Sabonis, Schrempf, Smith, Stoudamire). Steals: 5 (Pippen, Sabonis, Stoudamire, Wallace, Wells). ____________________________________________ Utah 22 20 28 22 - 92 Portland 24 28 26 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 3 (Ostertag 2 (ejected), 3:24 2nd, 5:08 4th; Malone, 6:21 4th). Portland 2 (Wells, 6:21 4th; Smith, 5:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,584. T: 2:28. Officials: Dan Crawford, Rashan Michel, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Playing the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden is enough to send anyone home kicking and screaming. Just ask Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag.

Rasheed Wallace and Arvydas Sabonis scored 17 points apiece as the Trail Blazers continued to fluster the competition, pulling away for their 11th straight win and 16th in a row at home, 101-92 over the Jazz.

Portland (45-11) remained tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the NBA and is unbeaten since a 98-88 loss at New York on February 3. The Lakers coasted to a 101-85 triumph over Houston.

The Blazers have not lost at the Rose Garden since a 110-102 setback to Phoenix on December 17.

"Portland is a great team and if you're not ready for them, they will walk all over you," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

Ostertag boiled over in frustration with 5:12 to play. With his team down 86-79 after an emphatic follow dunk by Wallace, he became entangled with Portland's Steve Smith in a battle for a loose ball.

The 7-2, 280-pounder began taking swipes at the much smaller Smith before being ejected. Ostertag booted the ball into the upper deck before storming off the court.

"I just got locked up," Ostertag said. "I asked (Smith) if he was all right and he got upset. This is a heated rivalry when we play at home or away. Both teams play hard trying to get a win. This stuff happens."

"We need Greg," Utah point guard John Stockton said. "We also need him intense. He was playing hard out there. What sent the tempers off on both sides, I'm not sure. It's a fine line. You have to be intense and you have to be in control of your emotions. That goes for both sides."

Ostertag's dunk had pulled Utah within 82-79 with 7:58 remaining, but Greg Anthony answered with a 23-footer to spark a 7-0 run that Smith capped with a 13-footer, stretching the lead to 10 points with 4:01 left.

"We won the game, that's all that matters," Smith said. "It was a good game. I am glad at the end that we got to come out ahead. I think 1-12, our guys played well."

The Blazers denied the Jazz a chance for a third straight NBA Finals appearance here last season, knocking them out in Game Six of the Western Conference semifinals.

"You could tell both teams really wanted to win this game," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "It was a showcase game for TV and all. That led to a lot of intensity and a lot of physical play."

Portland never trailed, holding a 24-22 edge after one quarter before opening a 52-42 cushion at halftime.

Scottie Pippen's 3-pointer with 9:54 left in the third quarter upped the advantage to 57-43 before the Jazz fought their way back.

Bryon Russell was good from 24 feet and Howard Eisley and Karl Malone made layups as the Jazz pulled within 73-67 with 1:04 left in the period.

Malone and Russell scored 23 points apiece for the Jazz, who had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Antonio in the Midwest Division. The Spurs are visiting Minnesota.

"This is an intense battle every time we play," Malone said. "We had chances down the stretch, but we didn't capitalize. This is a very talented team. You have to be ready to play them."

Stockton scored 12 points for Utah, which shot 44 percent (35-of-79) and lost the battle on the boards, 41-29.

Smith scored 16 points and Damon Stoudamire added 15 for Portland, which shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) and scored 15 points off turnovers. Blazers forward Brian Grant left in the first half with an injured right arch. He is listed as day-to-day.

Malone and Portland guard Bonzi Wells received double technicals after a heated exchange with 6:21 to play and Smith also was slapped with a technical for his part in the altercation with Ostertag.

"I thought we did a good job when Karl and Bonzi threw down," Smith said. "We all kept our cool and just kept playing and tried to win the game."

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