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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 23 24 23 92 NEW JERSEY 20 25 21 22 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 32, BRYON RUSSELL 15, HOWARD EISLEY 15 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 23, KERRY KITTLES 14, KEITH VAN HORN 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 10, JEFF HORNACEK 7 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 11, KEITH VAN HORN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, KARL MALONE 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 12, LUCIOUS HARRIS 3

ATT: 16,103


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT NEW JERSEY (88)

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

MALONE F 37 13-19 6-6 1 9 10 4 6 1 3 32 RUSSELL F 42 4-10 5-6 1 5 6 1 3 1 3 15 POLYNICE C 23 4-7 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 9 HORNACEK G 23 1-6 2-2 2 5 7 3 0 2 2 4 STOCKTON G 32 1-7 3-4 0 1 1 10 3 2 1 5 EISLEY 34 7-11 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 3 15 VAUGHN 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 GILLIAM 8 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 LEWIS 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 KEEFE 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 18 1-2 6-6 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 8 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 23-26 8 31 39 25 21 8 13 92 (.458) (.885) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

GILL F 30 3-8 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 7 VAN HORN F 37 4-12 6-7 1 8 9 2 4 1 3 14 MCILVAINE C 18 1-1 2-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 1 4 KITTLES G 28 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 14 MARBURY G 42 10-23 2-2 0 1 1 12 5 1 4 23 FEICK 26 4-7 1-1 3 8 11 0 4 0 1 9 NEWMAN 20 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 HARRIS 18 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 5 BURRELL 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 PERRY 6 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-73 14-16 6 29 35 20 23 6 14 88 (.466) (.875) TEAM REBS: 1 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

UTAH 22 23 24 23 - 92 NEW JERSEY 20 25 21 22 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - NONE. NEW JERSEY - BURRELL 2, MCILVAINE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-10 (.300), RUSSELL 2-6, HORNACEK 0-1, EISLEY 1-1, VAUGHN 0-1, LEWIS 0-1. NEW JERSEY 6-22 (.273), GILL 0-2, VAN HORN 0-3, KITTLES 2-4, MARBURY 1-7, NEWMAN 1-2, HARRIS 1-1, BURRELL 1-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, LUIS GRILLO, VIOLET PALMER. A - 16,103. T - 2:03.


Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 13-19 6-6 1-10 4 6 32 Russell 42 4-10 5-6 1-6 1 3 15 Polynice 23 4-7 1-2 1-3 0 1 9 Hornacek 23 1-6 2-2 2-7 3 0 4 Stockton 32 1-7 3-4 0-1 10 3 5 Eisley 34 7-11 0-0 1-5 3 3 15 Vaughn 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Gilliam 8 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 1 4 Lewis 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Keefe 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Ostertag 18 1-2 6-6 1-4 0 1 8 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 23-26 8-39 25 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Russell 2-6, Hornacek 0-1, Eisley 1-1, Vaughn 0-1, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 15 (Eisley 3, Malone 3, Russell 3, Hornacek 2, Lewis, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Hornacek 2, Stockton 2, Eisley, Malone, Ostertag, Russell).

NEW JERSEY (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 30 3-8 1-2 0-0 2 2 7 Van Horn 37 4-12 6-7 1-9 2 4 14 Mcilvaine 18 1-1 2-2 2-7 0 3 4 Kittles 28 6-10 0-0 0-1 0 2 14 Marbury 42 10-23 2-2 0-1 12 5 23 Feick 26 4-7 1-1 3-11 0 4 9 Newman 20 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 5 Harris 18 1-2 2-2 0-1 3 0 5 Burrell 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Perry 6 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 14-16 6-35 20 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Gill 0-2, Van Horn 0-3, Kittles 2-4, Marbury 1-7, Newman 1-2, Harris 1-1, Burrell 1-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 4 (Burrell 2, Mcilvaine 2). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 4, Van Horn 3, Kittles 2, Feick, Gill, Harris, Mcilvaine, Perry). Steals: 6 (Gill 2, Harris, Kittles, Marbury, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Utah 22 23 24 23 - 92 New Jersey 20 25 21 22 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 1:00 1st). New Jersey 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:29 3rd, 5:53 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,103. T: 2:03. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- They gave it a good shot, but the New Jersey Nets still cannot beat the Utah Jazz.

The Nets were unable to hold on to a four-point lead in the final seven minutes and suffered a 92-88 loss to the Jazz that dropped them 2 1/2 games back in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Utah posted its 10th straight victory over New Jersey and has won 23 of the last 25 meetings between the teams. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Nets, who were beaten for only the fifth time in their last 23 home contests.

"Every game feels like a playoff game," said New Jersey guard Stephon Marbury, who scored 23 points. "Their guys got it done and their bench picked it up when their starters couldn't. We did everything we could to win. We just couldn't pull it out."

Marbury hit a jumper to give the Nets a 78-74 lead with 6:59 to play, but Utah responded down the stretch. Karl Malone, who collected 32 points and 10 rebounds, completed a three-point play to put Utah ahead for good at 85-82 with 1:33 remaining.

The Nets pulled within one on two occasions, but Greg Ostertag made two foul shots for a 91-88 edge with 18 seconds left. John Stockton made 1-of-2 from the line six seconds later to seal the victory.

Howard Eisley and Bryon Russell added 15 points apiece for the Jazz, who have won 15 of their last 17 overall. Eisley hit a jumper to make it 87-84 with a 57 seconds left and another that gave Utah an 89-86 edge with 28 seconds to play.

"Eisley is what killed us," New Jersey forward Scott Burrell said. "He stepped up big for them. First half he made a couple of big threes and made a couple of big baskets at the end. We're not in the playoffs yet so every game is like a playoff for us."

Utah, which had a nine-game winning streak snapped at Philadelphia on Friday, opened a 2 1/2-game lead over San Antonio in the Midwest Division. The Jazz completed a five-game road trip at 4-1.

"Obviously, we would like to be undefeated on this road trip, but to get through this last trip with only one loss is terrific," Utah guard Jeff Hornacek said. We have put ourselves in a position to win a division and have a great season."

Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn contributed 14 points apiece for the Nets, but Van Horn was limited to just seven over the first three periods.

"They did good things to win," New Jersey coach Don Casey said. "We just couldn't get it going offensively. We like where we're going and like what we see over this part of the season."

After falling behind, 21-12, the Nets ripped off a 21-2 burst to take a 32-24 lead on Johnny Newman's 20-footer with 7:36 to go in the first half.

Utah regrouped and pulled into a 45-45 halftime tie on Malone's layup with a second remaining in the second quarter. The lead seesawed in the third quarter, with the Jazz taking a 69-66 advantage into the final period.

Stockton scored just five points on 1-of-7 shooting but handed out 10 assists. Utah shot 46 percent (33-of-72) from the field and was nearly perfect from the line, hitting 23-of-26 foul shots.

"I was not sure if our defense was any good," Utah coach Jerry Sloan. "But they missed a couple of shots and it was a different ball game. They shot 55 percent in the first half, we didn't do a very good job trying to help each other out in the first half. I think the second half we tried to help each other out."

New Jersey (34-of-73) outscored Utah from the field, but made nine less free throws. The hotly-contested game featured 15 ties and 20 lead changes.

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