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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 35 14 28 24 101 UTAH 28 27 21 30 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 34, KERRY KITTLES 22, KEITH VAN HORN 18 UTH - KARL MALONE 35, JEFF HORNACEK 27, BRYON RUSSELL 14

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 13, SCOTT BURRELL 6 UTH - KARL MALONE 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 11, KERRY KITTLES 3 UTH - KARL MALONE 9, JOHN STOCKTON 8

ATT: 19,865


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (101) AT UTAH (106)

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

GILL F 26 4-13 1-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 2 10 VAN HORN F 39 5-16 7-10 5 8 13 2 6 1 4 18 MCILVAINE C 40 1-4 1-2 2 1 3 0 5 0 1 3 KITTLES G 45 10-17 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 2 1 22 MARBURY G 41 11-21 10-11 1 4 5 11 2 0 2 34 BURRELL 12 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 5 NEWMAN 22 3-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 7 FEICK 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 PERRY 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-87 19-25 15 25 40 20 23 5 11 101 (.425) (.760) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(19 PTS)

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

MALONE F 44 13-22 9-11 6 6 12 9 4 0 3 35 RUSSELL F 41 5-11 4-4 0 6 6 1 3 2 2 14 POLYNICE C 21 3-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 7 HORNACEK G 37 10-11 2-3 1 4 5 2 1 1 1 27 STOCKTON G 31 2-9 2-2 0 3 3 8 1 2 2 7 OSTERTAG 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 EISLEY 18 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 5 LEWIS 13 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 GILLIAM 8 1-7 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 2 VAUGHN 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 KEEFE 14 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 2 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-82 18-22 11 29 40 27 23 6 11 106 (.488) (.818) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 35 14 28 24 - 101 UTAH 28 27 21 30 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 8, BURRELL 2, GILL, VAN HORN. UTAH - MALONE 2, LEWIS 2, KEEFE, HORNACEK, STOCKTON, POLYNICE, OSTERTAG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 8-21 (.381), GILL 1-3, VAN HORN 1-4, KITTLES 2-4, MARBURY 2-4, BURRELL 1-3, NEWMAN 1-1, PERRY 0-2. UTAH 8-17 (.471), RUSSELL 0-3, HORNACEK 5-6, STOCKTON 1-3, EISLEY 1-4, VAUGHN 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, RON GARRETSON, LEON WOOD. A - 19,865. T - 2:11.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 26 4-13 1-2 2-5 2 2 10 Van Horn 39 5-16 7-10 5-13 2 6 18 Mcilvaine 40 1-4 1-2 2-3 0 5 3 Kittles 45 10-17 0-0 2-5 3 1 22 Marbury 41 11-21 10-11 1-5 11 2 34 Burrell 12 2-4 0-0 2-6 1 1 5 Newman 22 3-8 0-0 1-2 0 3 7 Feick 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Perry 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision Harris DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 19-25 15-40 20 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Gill 1-3, Van Horn 1-4, Kittles 2-4, Marbury 2-4, Burrell 1-3, Newman 1-1, Perry 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 12 (Mcilvaine 8, Burrell 2, Gill, Van Horn). Turnovers: 11 (Van Horn 4, Gill 2, Marbury 2, Burrell, Kittles, Mcilvaine). Steals: 5 (Kittles 2, Burrell, Newman, Van Horn).

UTAH (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 44 13-22 9-11 6-12 9 4 35 Russell 41 5-11 4-4 0-6 1 3 14 Polynice 21 3-5 1-2 1-3 0 3 7 Hornacek 37 10-11 2-3 1-5 2 1 27 Stockton 31 2-9 2-2 0-3 8 1 7 Ostertag 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eisley 18 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 3 5 Lewis 13 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Gilliam 8 1-7 0-0 3-6 1 2 2 Vaughn 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Keefe 14 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 4 2 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-82 18-22 11-40 27 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Russell 0-3, Hornacek 5-6, Stockton 1-3, Eisley 1-4, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Malone 2, Lewis 2, Keefe, Hornacek, Stockton, Polynice, Ostertag). Turnovers: 13 (Malone 3, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Hornacek, Keefe, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 6 (Russell 2, Stockton 2, Hornacek, Vaughn). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 35 14 28 24 - 101 Utah 28 27 21 30 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:55 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,865. T: 2:11. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ron Garretson, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- There are a few things in life you can count on. New Jersey losing in Utah is one of them.

Karl Malone had 35 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists and Jeff Hornacek added 27, as the Jazz continued their home-court dominance of the Nets with a 106-101 victory.

The Nets had no answers for Malone, who stymied New Jersey with an assortment of inside power moves and feathery jumpers. Utah has won the last nine meetings in the series, improved to 22-4 at home against the Nets and has won the last six here. New Jersey's last win in Salt Lake City came on November 27, 1992.

Hornacek shrugged off sickness by hitting his first eight shots en route to a scintilating 10-of-11 shooting performance, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc. His only miss came on a 3-pointer with 4:59 to play in the third quarter.

"It didn't look like that in warmups," said Hornacek, who was under the weather all day. "I took a couple of shots and John (Stockton) was looking at me like 'Oh my goodness.' I took one shot from the top of the key and it hit the backboard first. I thought I could go out there and at least try to go as hard as I could and give us some minutes but I didn't expect to make shots the way I was."

Keith Van Horn, who starred for four years at the University of Utah, scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his first game back to the area. Van Horn, a beloved figure in his college days, received a standing ovation during pregame introductions from the 19,865 in attendance.

"It was great," Van Horn said. "I couldn't have asked for anything more. I really love this community. I have a great respect for the community here and I will always be a part of it to some extent.

"It was a game that was lost on two or three possessions," Van Horn added. "I had a breakdown on offense and we had two defensive breakdowns that really cost us the game. We've showed ourselves time and time again that we can compete with anybody, we just need to finish these games."

With New Jersey clinging to an 88-87 lead with 5:28 to play, the Jazz responded with a 12-1 burst to take a 99-89 advantage with 1:49 left. Bryon Russell ignited the run with a three-point play and Hornacek added the finishing touch with a 22-footer from the left baseline.

The Nets, however, would not die easily.

Stephon Marbury hit two 3-pointers, sandwiched around a basket by Malone and Van Horn followed with a three-point play, cutting the deficit to 101-98 with 30.4 seconds remaining. Another 3-pointer by Marbury, following two free throws by John Stockton closed the gap to 103-101 with 17 seconds left.

But Hornacek drained two from the line and Scott Burrell misfired from behind the arc with 4.9 seconds remaining, ending the Nets hopes. Malone was fouled under the basket and made one of two free throws to account for the final margin.

"It was a great effort all the way around," Malone said. "I think everybody played well down the stretch. (New Jersey) has tons of talent. I don't think their record indicates what kind of team they have."

Marbury collected 34 points and 11 assists for New Jersey, which has dropped 10 of 11 on the road.

Russell had 14 points and Stockton added seven and eight assists for the Jazz, who shot 49 percent (40-of-82) from the floor, hit 8-of-17 from behind the arc and fought to a 40-40 deadlock on the boards.

Kittles finished with 22 points, but had only two in the fourth quarter and Kendall Gill added 10 for New Jersey, which shot 43 percent (37-of-87). The Nets had 12 blocks, including a season-high eight by center Jim McIlvaine.

"I think we just ran out of gas -- but we had a great effort from many of our players," Nets coach Don Casey said. "The Jazz always find someone to win it and Hornacek was killing us tonight. We didn't flounder -- we stayed in the game. What we tried did work at times but they made big plays."

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