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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 31 24 17 23 95 UTAH 36 26 24 27 113 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 15, SHAWN KEMP 14, BOB SURA 14 UTH - KARL MALONE 30, JEFF HORNACEK 18, BRYON RUSSELL 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, SHAWN KEMP 6 UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 10, KARL MALONE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, BOB SURA 5 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,224


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (95) AT UTAH (113)

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

KEMP F 28 7-17 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 4 14 MURRAY F 23 4-10 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 3 5 10 BRYANT C 19 0-2 2-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 3 2 MILLER G 35 5-11 5-9 2 4 6 8 2 0 1 15 PERSON G 33 3-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 2 2 8 SURA 28 5-11 2-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 4 14 DECLERCQ 19 4-7 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 8 FERRY 26 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 9 BOYKINS 18 4-4 2-2 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 11 MARSHALL 7 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 KETNER 3 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 STACK 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-74 15-21 12 22 34 20 25 6 22 95 (.500) (.714) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 22(24 PTS)

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

MALONE F 31 11-15 8-9 0 7 7 2 4 2 3 30 RUSSELL F 38 7-11 1-2 1 9 10 3 3 0 2 15 POLYNICE C 23 5-6 0-1 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 10 HORNACEK G 31 7-9 2-2 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 18 STOCKTON G 31 4-11 0-0 0 2 2 18 2 3 3 8 EISLEY 22 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 8 LEWIS 10 2-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 OSTERTAG 12 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 4 GILLIAM 14 3-6 3-4 2 3 5 4 0 0 2 9 VAUGHN 10 1-7 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 KEEFE 15 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 4 PADGETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 48-80 15-20 10 26 36 36 22 10 17 113 (.600) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

CLEVELAND 31 24 17 23 - 95 UTAH 36 26 24 27 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MILLER, FERRY. UTAH - GILLIAM 2, POLYNICE 2, EISLEY, OSTERTAG, HORNACEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), MURRAY 0-2, MILLER 0-1, PERSON 2-2, SURA 2-4, FERRY 1-2, BOYKINS 1-1, MARSHALL 0-1. UTAH 2-5 (.400), RUSSELL 0-1, HORNACEK 2-2, STOCKTON 0-1, VAUGHN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, TOMMIE WOOD, JOE FORTE. A - 19,224. T - 2:01.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 28 7-17 0-0 2-6 0 5 14 Murray 23 4-10 2-2 0-1 0 5 10 Bryant 19 0-2 2-4 1-4 1 3 2 Miller 35 5-11 5-9 2-6 8 2 15 Person 33 3-3 0-0 1-4 1 2 8 Sura 28 5-11 2-2 0-1 5 3 14 Declercq 19 4-7 0-0 3-5 0 3 8 Ferry 26 4-7 0-0 1-4 1 2 9 Boykins 18 4-4 2-2 0-0 4 0 11 Marshall 7 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Ketner 3 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Stack 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 15-21 12-34 20 25 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Murray 0-2, Miller 0-1, Person 2-2, Sura 2-4, Ferry 1-2, Boykins 1-1, Marshall 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Miller, Ferry). Turnovers: 22 (Murray 5, Kemp 4, Sura 4, Bryant 3, Person 2, Boykins, Declercq, Ketner, Miller). Steals: 6 (Murray 3, Person 2, Boykins).

UTAH (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 31 11-15 8-9 0-7 2 4 30 Russell 38 7-11 1-2 1-10 3 3 15 Polynice 23 5-6 0-1 2-3 0 4 10 Hornacek 31 7-9 2-2 0-0 4 1 18 Stockton 31 4-11 0-0 0-2 18 2 8 Eisley 22 4-6 0-0 0-0 4 2 8 Lewis 10 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 4 Ostertag 12 2-3 0-0 3-5 1 2 4 Gilliam 14 3-6 3-4 2-5 4 0 9 Vaughn 10 1-7 1-2 0-0 0 2 3 Keefe 15 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Padgett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-80 15-20 10-36 36 22 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.600, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Russell 0-1, Hornacek 2-2, Stockton 0-1, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Gilliam 2, Polynice 2, Eisley, Ostertag, Hornacek). Turnovers: 17 (Malone 3, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Gilliam 2, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, Hornacek, Lewis, Polynice). Steals: 10 (Hornacek 3, Stockton 3, Keefe 2, Malone 2). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 31 24 17 23 - 95 Utah 36 26 24 27 - 113 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,224. T: 2:01. Officials: David Jones, Tommie Wood, Joe Forte.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- After Andre Miller got a standing ovation, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz made the Cleveland Cavaliers appear as if they were standing still.

Malone scored 30 points and the Jazz used a pair of second-half surges to race past the Cavaliers, 113-95, for their fifth straight victory.

"Everybody knows they're one of the best executing teams in the league and they really showed that tonight," said Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman, whose team had a three-game winning streak snapped. "I thought that defensively, we had too many breakdowns at the start of the game and that allowed them to score a lot of layups against us."

Miller, Cleveland's rookie point guard who played collegiately at Utah, received a huge ovation when he was introduced to the Delta Center crowd. He had team highs of 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but that was not nearly enough to cool off the Jazz.

"The standing ovation during introductions was really cool. At least they didn't boo me," Miller said. "It was cool to come back and play in front of the crowd and all."

"I think he's a wonderful player," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I've always liked the way he's played because I've liked his work habits. And he just plays basketball. You hardly know he's out there unless you watch basketball a lot."

Sloan notched his 715th career win, tying Philadelphia's Larry Brown for fourth on the active list.

Hot-shooting Jeff Hornacek scored 18 points and John Stockton handed out a season-high 18 assists for Utah, which has won 12 of 14 since a season-high six-game losing streak. The Jazz shot a blistering 60 percent (48-of-80), never trailed and led by as many as 22 points.

"I think it's the right time of the year to be playing really well," Malone said. "We're not there obviously but we're starting to get there and it's a good time of the year to start doing it."

"I think it takes time," Stockton said. "We've got a lot of new guys. ... It always takes time to get a system together where everyone is on the same page and I think we're a little bit moreso."

Despite Utah's offensive explosion, Cleveland still was within 66-63 with 7:58 left in the third quarter after a jumper by Lamond Murray, who scored 10 points.

The Jazz reponded with a 14-1 run featuring six points from Malone, who thoroughly outplayed counterpart Shawn Kemp. A layup by Bryon Russell gave Utah an 80-64 lead with 3:59 left.

"I thought we picked it up a little bit intensity-wise in the second half," Stockton said. "We had a good start in the game and didn't sustain it through the second quarter, sso it was good to get back after it in the third."

Miller's jumper capped an 8-0 burst that closed the deficit to 80-72 with 1:45 remaining. But Russell and Stockton drilled jumpers and Adam Keefe dunked at the buzzer to rebuild Utah's lead to 86-72.

The Jazz began the fourth quarter with eight straight points, completing a 14-0 spree. Armen Gilliam had a layup and jumper around a basket by Howard Eisley before sinking two foul shots that gave Utah its largest lead at 94-72 with 9:54 to play.

Malone made 11-of-15 shots as he scored at least 30 points for the fourth time during the streak. Hornacek was 7-of-9 and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Since the All-Star break, Hornacek has made 22-of-29 3-pointers.

Stockton tied his season high in assists, set January 3 against Denver. Russell had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who had 36 assists and forced 22 turnovers.

"From my days playing at Utah, I know John was going to come out and do some of the things he did when we played pickup ball," Miller said. "He kept me on my feet. He made some plays and knocked down some shots."

The foul-plagued Kemp and Bob Sura scored 14 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who shot 50 percent (37-of-74) and made 6-of-13 3-pointers.

Cleveland never led but hung around for a while. Miller was charged up and scored eight points in the opening period. But Malone had 12 and Russell nine, giving Utah a 36-31 lead. Hornacek scored seven points in the second period as the Jazz held a 62-55 halftime lead.

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