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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 28 16 22 33 99 PHOENIX 21 19 27 29 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 29, BRYON RUSSELL 22, JOHN STOCKTON 17 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 28, LUC LONGLEY 17, RODNEY ROGERS 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 PHO - LUC LONGLEY 7, JASON KIDD 5

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, KARL MALONE 5 PHO - JASON KIDD 12, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 5

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

UTAH (99) AT PHOENIX (96)

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

MALONE F 39 11-15 7-7 2 5 7 5 3 1 2 29 RUSSELL F 38 7-15 7-8 0 7 7 4 5 3 4 22 POLYNICE C 20 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 HORNACEK G 20 2-4 1-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 6 STOCKTON G 37 8-13 1-2 0 2 2 12 2 0 1 17 EISLEY 28 5-10 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 11 LEWIS 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 24 0-2 2-4 2 7 9 0 2 0 0 2 VAUGHN 11 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 7 GILLIAM 12 2-6 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 KEEFE 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-72 19-24 8 26 34 27 22 7 13 99 (.528) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 33 2-4 1-2 1 3 4 3 2 0 0 5 ROBINSON F 32 3-9 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 9 LONGLEY C 24 7-12 3-3 1 6 7 0 4 0 3 17 HARDAWAY G 39 9-16 10-10 1 2 3 5 2 1 1 28 KIDD G 40 5-10 2-2 0 5 5 12 3 0 5 12 MARION 11 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 ROGERS 24 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 2 14 BLOUNT 15 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 LIVINGSTON 18 2-7 4-4 0 0 0 4 4 1 2 9 CHAPMAN 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 22-23 7 23 30 27 23 6 15 96 (.479) (.957) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

UTAH 28 16 22 33 - 99 PHOENIX 21 19 27 29 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - GILLIAM, OSTERTAG. PHOENIX - KIDD, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-11 (.364), RUSSELL 1-5, HORNACEK 1-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 1-3, VAUGHN 1-1. PHOENIX 6-16 (.375), ROBINSON 1-3, HARDAWAY 0-1, KIDD 0-4, MARION 0-1, ROGERS 4-6, LIVINGSTON 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,023. T - 2:08.


Box Score

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 11-15 7-7 2-7 5 3 29 Russell 38 7-15 7-8 0-7 4 5 22 Polynice 20 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Hornacek 20 2-4 1-1 0-2 1 0 6 Stockton 37 8-13 1-2 0-2 12 2 17 Eisley 28 5-10 0-0 1-2 3 2 11 Lewis 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Ostertag 24 0-2 2-4 2-9 0 2 2 Vaughn 11 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 7 Gilliam 12 2-6 1-2 1-1 0 1 5 Keefe 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-72 19-24 8-34 27 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.528, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Russell 1-5, Hornacek 1-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 1-3, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Gilliam, Ostertag). Turnovers: 15 (Russell 4, Malone 2, Eisley, Gilliam, Hornacek, Keefe, Polynice, Stockton, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Russell 3, Gilliam, Malone, Polynice, Vaughn).

PHOENIX (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 33 2-4 1-2 1-4 3 2 5 Robinson 32 3-9 2-2 0-1 3 1 9 Longley 24 7-12 3-3 1-7 0 4 17 Hardaway 39 9-16 10-10 1-3 5 2 28 Kidd 40 5-10 2-2 0-5 12 3 12 Marion 11 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Rogers 24 5-9 0-0 0-3 0 5 14 Blount 15 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 1 0 Livingston 18 2-7 4-4 0-0 4 4 9 Chapman 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bailey DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 22-23 7-30 27 23 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.957. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Robinson 1-3, Hardaway 0-1, Kidd 0-4, Marion 0-1, Rogers 4-6, Livingston 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Kidd, Longley). Turnovers: 15 (Kidd 5, Longley 3, Livingston 2, Rogers 2, Blount, Chapman, Hardaway). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, Blount, Hardaway, Livingston, Marion). ____________________________________________ Utah 28 16 22 33 - 99 Phoenix 21 19 27 29 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Head Coach Skiles, 11:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:08. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Jerry Sloan wanted a timeout. Howard Eisley had a better plan.

With Sloan screaming and signaling for a timeout, Eisley capped a huge fourth quarter with a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left, giving the Utah Jazz a stirring 99-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Eisley, who backs up all-time assists and steals leader John Stockton, entered the final period 0-of-4 from the field but nevertheless took charge. He scored 11 points on 5-of-6 from the field and played fearlessly, leading Utah to its seventh straight win.

A 17-foot jumper by Luc Longley gave Phoenix a 96-94 lead with 41 seconds remaining before Eisley tied it, beating the bigger Penny Hardaway off the dribble for a layup with 26 seconds to go.

Hardaway tried to return the favor but missed a running banker with seven seconds left. Eisley began dribbling up the right side of the court, oblivious to his coach on the other side. He pulled up a step behind the arc and buried the shot, giving the Jazz the lead.

"I didn't see him calling timeout until late," Eisley said. "I had a good look at the basket and I saw Cliff Robinson sagging into the lane. When he dropped back into the paint, I felt I had a shot."

"That's one time I'll accept that, but I don't usually accept that because I'm hardheaded," Sloan said. "Howard works every day on his game, he feels comfortable shooting the ball and that was as good a shot we would have gotten if I had called timeout. That's why very seldom do we call timeout in that situation. Had I called it, we probably wouldn't have gotten anything. You have to have some luck sometimes."

The Jazz often do not call timeouts late in games, preferring to keep the defense off balance. Superstar forward Karl Malone could only remember one other time when a shot like that made Sloan smile.

"I think a lot of times in a situation like that teams expect you to call a timeout to set something up," he said. "Howard had the nerve to take it and made it. Coach Sloan, I think that's the second time I've seen him smile like that since Stockton hit that shot to go to the Finals (in 1997). I think he was pretty excited that we didn't call a timeout."

Jason Kidd misfired on a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Phoenix's five-game winning streak and 11-game home winning streak came to an end.

"That was disappointing," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "I felt like we didn't have a lot of energy at the beginning of the game. It was obvious they just came down and did whatever they wanted."

Malone scored 29 points, Bryon Russell added 22 and Stockton 17 and 12 assists for the Jazz, who shot 53 percent (38-of-72) and won their fourth straight road game in the opener of a five-game trip.

"Obviously coming in after playing last night with an older group of guys I didn't know where our energy level was going to be," Sloan said. "I didn't know how we were going to hang in there. We just kept on playing and tried to execute and that's the bottom line."

Hardaway scored a season-high 28 points and Longley added 17 for the Suns (39-22), who squandered a chance to tie the Jazz (41-20) in the Western Conference standings. They also lost more than a game.

With 3:09 remaining, guard Randy Livingston was fouled and landed on the left leg of forward Tom Gugliotta, who went down in pain. Suns team physician Dr. Richard Emerson called it a "significant ligament injury" and Gugliotta will have an MRI on Saturday.

"It's swollen and in the first couple of minutes it hurt really bad, but it subsided," Gugliotta said. "It'll have to wait until the morning when they do further test to see what's going on. The pain was intense. I wouldn't say it was much more than like a sprained ankle hurts. So, I'm hopeful that maybe that's it. I didn't feel any pop or anything related to them. I'm going to stay positive. But, hopefully it's not anything torn and doesn't require any major surgery."

"Tonight was a double loss," said Kidd, who had 12 points and 12 assists. "We don't know how `Googs' is going to turn out, but the loss really hurts and we had a great opportunity to win the ballgame."

Kidd's fast-break layup gave Phoenix an 80-75 lead with 7:06 to go but Eisley's layup tied it, 80-80, just 42 seconds later. A 3-pointer by Rodney Rogers, who scored 14 points, gave the Suns an 87-84 lead with 4:28 remaining.

Greg Ostertag made a free throw and Malone made two to tie it again before Ostertag fouled Livingston, who made a pair from the line for an 89-87 lead.

Stockton and Eisley had baskets around a free throw by Russell as Utah forged ahead, 92-89, with 1:59 left. Hardaway hit two foul shots and Robinson made a 3-pointer to give the Suns a 94-92 edge before Stockton worked a give-and-go for Malone for a layup and another tie with 57 seconds remaining.

"You like to say this is just another game in a long season but I disagree," Malone said. "Coming here after we played last night, they were here waiting on us. They've been playing well. It really was a big win for us."

The Suns shot 48 percent (34-of-71) and made 22-of-23 free throws. But despite 16 points from Hardaway, they trailed 44-40 at halftime and did not take their first lead until there was 1:45 to go in the third quarter, when Hardaway sank two from the line to make it 63-62.

Phoenix led 67-66 entering the final period.

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