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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 18 26 20 18 82 UTAH 22 24 23 32 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 16, MOOCHIE NORRIS 16, KELVIN CATO 15 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 17, HOWARD EISLEY 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - CARLOS ROGERS 8, KENNY THOMAS 5 UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 10, GREG OSTERTAG 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 7, JOHN STOCKTON 5

ATT: 19,897


Extended Box

HOUSTON (82) AT UTAH (101)

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

GRAY F 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 THOMAS F 21 0-4 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 2 2 1 OLAJUWON C 16 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 4 ANDERSON G 37 5-10 3-4 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 16 FRANCIS G 32 6-17 1-2 0 2 2 6 5 2 1 14 ROGERS 32 2-3 1-3 2 6 8 1 2 0 2 5 DREW 31 3-9 4-4 1 1 2 4 1 2 1 11 CATO 27 6-9 3-5 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 15 NORRIS 36 7-9 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 2 3 16 MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOBLEY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS WILLIAMS DNP - BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 31-65 15-22 8 22 30 18 18 9 14 82 (.477) (.682) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

MALONE F 28 6-12 4-6 0 7 7 4 1 0 3 16 RUSSELL F 37 6-13 1-2 1 2 3 2 4 1 1 16 POLYNICE C 24 3-5 0-0 2 8 10 1 4 0 2 6 HORNACEK G 20 1-2 5-5 0 1 1 4 1 3 2 7 STOCKTON G 29 8-11 0-1 1 0 1 5 3 4 1 17 OSTERTAG 24 1-3 0-0 2 6 8 1 1 0 0 2 EISLEY 28 7-11 1-1 0 3 3 7 3 1 1 17 LEWIS 11 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 6 GILLIAM 17 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 6 VAUGHN 16 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 8 KEEFE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 PADGETT 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 41-72 11-15 6 30 36 31 21 9 13 101 (.569) (.733) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 18 26 20 18 - 82 UTAH 22 24 23 32 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON, ROGERS, GRAY. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE, EISLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-16 (.313), THOMAS 0-2, ANDERSON 3-5, FRANCIS 1-5, DREW 1-4. UTAH 8-14 (.571), RUSSELL 3-6, STOCKTON 1-2, EISLEY 2-3, LEWIS 2-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, SEAN CORBIN, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,897. T - 2:05.


Box Score

HOUSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gray 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 21 0-4 1-2 1-5 1 3 1 Olajuwon 16 2-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 4 Anderson 37 5-10 3-4 2-3 1 3 16 Francis 32 6-17 1-2 0-2 6 5 14 Rogers 32 2-3 1-3 2-8 1 2 5 Drew 31 3-9 4-4 1-2 4 1 11 Cato 27 6-9 3-5 1-3 0 2 15 Norris 36 7-9 2-2 1-4 4 2 16 Miller DNP - coach's decision Mobley DNP - personal reasons Williams DNP - back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 15-22 8-30 18 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Thomas 0-2, Anderson 3-5, Francis 1-5, Drew 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Olajuwon, Rogers, Gray). Turnovers: 17 (Norris 3, Olajuwon 2, Rogers 2, Thomas 2, Anderson, Cato, Drew, Francis, Gray). Steals: 9 (Drew 2, Francis 2, Norris 2, Thomas 2, Cato).

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 28 6-12 4-6 0-7 4 1 16 Russell 37 6-13 1-2 1-3 2 4 16 Polynice 24 3-5 0-0 2-10 1 4 6 Hornacek 20 1-2 5-5 0-1 4 1 7 Stockton 29 8-11 0-1 1-1 5 3 17 Ostertag 24 1-3 0-0 2-8 1 1 2 Eisley 28 7-11 1-1 0-3 7 3 17 Lewis 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 Gilliam 17 3-4 0-0 0-1 4 1 6 Vaughn 16 4-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 8 Keefe 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Padgett 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-72 11-15 6-36 31 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.569, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Russell 3-6, Stockton 1-2, Eisley 2-3, Lewis 2-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 3, Malone, Eisley). Turnovers: 13 (Malone 3, Gilliam 2, Hornacek 2, Polynice 2, Eisley, Keefe, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 9 (Stockton 4, Hornacek 3, Eisley, Russell). ____________________________________________ Houston 18 26 20 18 - 82 Utah 22 24 23 32 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 3 (Head Coach Tomjanovich, 1:08 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 3:29 3rd, 2:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,897. T: 2:05. Officials: Hue Hollins, Sean Corbin, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Instead of relying on their big three, the Utah Jazz continued to roll behind their little two.

With Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, Howard Eisley and Jacque Vaughn combined for 15 points to give the Jazz their sixth straight victory, 101-82 over the Houston Rockets.

The 6-2 Eisley scored nine of his 17 points in a 24-9 surge that gave the Jazz control. Filling in at point guard for Stockton, Eisley also had four assists during that stretch.

The 6-1 Vaughn scored six of his eight points in the fourth period. Stepping in at shooting guard for Hornacek, he made a pair of 20-foot jumpers in the decisive burst.

"I think it was a great opportunity for us to give our stars a chance to rest for a tougher game tomorrow (at Phoenix)," Vaughn said. "It also gave the guys coming off the bench a chance to contribute, and that's a good feeling for us."

Malone, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, scored 16 points. Stockton added 17 and Hornacek seven as the aging stars got some valuable rest in the Jazz's 10th straight win over the Rockets.

"The bench did a heck of a job for us," said Malone, who fell nine points below his average. "Whenever they play like that, it's pretty tough for a team to beat us. Our bench stepped up big-time tonight."

Former Jazz forward Shandon Anderson and recent CBA signee Moochie Norris scored 16 points apiece for the shorthanded Rockets, who have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak. Houston hung tough without starters Cuttino Mobley (personal reasons) and Walt Williams (back strain).

"I just don't think we had the manpower," Rockect coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We played emotionally and we played well and then they just started shooting it out of their (mind)."

A basket by Norris opened the fourth quarter and pulled Houston within 69-66. Eisley had a layup and Vaughn made a jumper before Eisley set up Armen Gilliam and Vaughn for jumpers that gave Utah a 77-66 advantage with 8:55 remaining.

"It was kind of mind-boggling," Norris said. "They hit a couple of shots and I looked up and we were down by 10, and I looked at the sideline then and I thought they were going to bring their big guns back for the last couple of minutes. ... I was saying, `This is going to be tough.'"

But Malone, Stockton and Hornacek stayed on the bench. Rookie Steve Francis hit a jumper and a steal by Norris set up Anderson for a dunk, but Eisley and Bryon Russell made 3-pointers around one by Anderson, keeping the lead at 83-73 with 7:15 to go.

Eisley either scored or set up Utah's next four baskets and a dunk by Greg Ostertag capped the burst at 93-73 with 3:27 left. The Jazz shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field in the final period.

Russell scored 16 points and Olden Polynice grabbed 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 57 percent (41-of-72) and held a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Eisley added seven assists.

"We had a couple of times where we didn't have good execution, but that's part of it," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Obviously from a coaching standpoint you're looking for a perfect game. I guess that's a little bit unrealistic sometimes."

Kelvin Cato scored 15 points and Francis added 14 for Houston, which shot 48 percent (31-of-65) but committed seven turnovers. Bryce Drew scored 11 points.

"I thought we played very well and the dam broke and then they just got into a zone -- just shooting the ball," Tomjanovich said. "I thought it was a competitive game, a fun game and it just got away from us."

Stockton scored 11 points and Malone eight in the first half, which ended with Utah holding a 46-44 edge. Francis opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer but Stockton's layup 12 seconds later gave the Jazz the lead for good.

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