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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 15 26 21 22 84 UTAH 27 18 23 30 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - TONI KUKOC 18, ALLEN IVERSON 18, MATT GEIGER 15 UTH - KARL MALONE 30, JOHN STOCKTON 20, JEFF HORNACEK 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 8, THEO RATLIFF 7 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 13, KARL MALONE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, AARON MCKIE 5 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, KARL MALONE 6

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (84) AT UTAH (98)

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

HILL F 33 4-8 0-1 1 7 8 0 4 0 3 8 KUKOC F 35 6-12 5-10 2 1 3 3 1 1 1 18 RATLIFF C 39 5-15 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 1 1 12 IVERSON G 44 7-21 4-4 2 2 4 0 3 2 3 18 SNOW G 35 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 10 3 0 3 2 GEIGER 21 6-9 3-4 3 0 3 1 4 2 1 15 MCKIE 23 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 0 2 8 JONES 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 3 0-1 3-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 17-25 12 22 34 20 19 6 14 84 (.416) (.680) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

MALONE F 40 11-20 8-8 1 8 9 6 4 1 4 30 RUSSELL F 29 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 3 0 12 POLYNICE C 21 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 4 HORNACEK G 32 5-12 3-3 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 13 STOCKTON G 35 7-10 6-6 0 3 3 8 3 2 3 20 EISLEY 23 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 2 8 OSTERTAG 25 2-5 0-0 4 9 13 1 3 1 1 4 KEEFE 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 GILLIAM 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 VAUGHN 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 LEWIS 15 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 5 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-78 17-17 9 35 44 27 23 9 14 98 (.500) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 15 26 21 22 - 84 UTAH 27 18 23 30 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, SNOW, GEIGER. UTAH - POLYNICE 3, OSTERTAG 3, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-9 (.333), KUKOC 1-3, IVERSON 0-3, MCKIE 2-3. UTAH 3-11 (.273), RUSSELL 2-4, HORNACEK 0-2, EISLEY 0-3, LEWIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL, RATLIFF, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 19,911. T - 2:05.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 33 4-8 0-1 1-8 0 4 8 Kukoc 35 6-12 5-10 2-3 3 1 18 Ratliff 39 5-15 2-2 2-7 1 2 12 Iverson 44 7-21 4-4 2-4 0 3 18 Snow 35 1-5 0-0 0-3 10 3 2 Geiger 21 6-9 3-4 3-3 1 4 15 Mckie 23 3-6 0-0 0-2 5 2 8 Jones 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Macculloch 3 0-1 3-4 1-3 0 0 3 Ollie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 17-25 12-34 20 19 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Kukoc 1-3, Iverson 0-3, Mckie 2-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 5, Snow, Geiger). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 3, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Mckie 2, Geiger, Kukoc, Ratliff). Steals: 6 (Geiger 2, Iverson 2, Kukoc, Ratliff).

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 11-20 8-8 1-9 6 4 30 Russell 29 5-11 0-0 0-2 4 4 12 Polynice 21 2-4 0-0 1-5 2 2 4 Hornacek 32 5-12 3-3 0-2 2 1 13 Stockton 35 7-10 6-6 0-3 8 3 20 Eisley 23 4-7 0-0 0-1 4 1 8 Ostertag 25 2-5 0-0 4-13 1 3 4 Keefe 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Gilliam 9 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Vaughn 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Lewis 15 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 5 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 17-17 9-44 27 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Russell 2-4, Hornacek 0-2, Eisley 0-3, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 7 (Polynice 3, Ostertag 3, Lewis). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Keefe 2, Gilliam, Hornacek, Ostertag). Steals: 9 (Russell 3, Stockton 2, Eisley, Malone, Ostertag, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 15 26 21 22 - 84 Utah 27 18 23 30 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 3 (Hill, 3:26 1st; Ratliff, 5:50 3rd; Illegal Defense, 2:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:05. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, (michael Smith.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers entered the game riding two streaks but left with the wrong one intact.

Karl Malone scored 30 points as the Utah Jazz continued their home-court dominance over the 76ers with a 98-84 victory.

The win snapped Philadelphia's season-high seven-game winning streak while extending its futility in Salt Lake City to 11 games. The 76ers have not won here since November 30, 1987 and are 0-8 all-time at the Delta Center.

Malone added nine rebounds and six assists, helping the Jazz to their fifth win in six games and 14th in the last 16 outings.

Philadelphia got within 79-76 midway through the fourth quarter, but John Stockton scored six straight points to give Utah a nine-point cushion with 4:01 left.

The 76ers battled within 89-84 on a jumper by Toni Kukoc with 1:48 to play, but two free throws by Jeff Hornacek sparked a 9-0 run that sealed the victory.

"It was a nice victory for us," Stockton said. "They're a very talented team, they've been rolling." They're not only talented, but they play as hard as anybody in the league."

Over the last few years, the Jazz have heard "experts" say they were too old and it was only a matter of time until they started to decline.

Philadelphia, however, is considered a team on the rise and -- with Iverson leading the way -- a definite threat to compete for an NBA championship in the near future. But games like this showed Utah is not ready to yield yet.

"Every night, the young forwards are coming after Karl," Jazz center Olden Polynice said. "Young guards are coming after John and Jeff (Hornacek) and his one (good) leg. And they're coming after me and Greg (Ostertag) because we're garbage. For some reason, we always seem to outplay these people and find ways to do the job. It's funny what a little determination and pride will do."

"We just go out there and play the game," added Hornacek, when asked if Utah derived extra pleasure outplaying the NBA's young guns. The NBA's been trying to promote the future for six years now. Someday, I guess it will work when everybody retires."

The first-place Jazz (48-22) increased their lead in the Midwest Division to 2 1/2 games over idle San Antonio. Utah holds a one-game lead over fifth-place Phoenix in the Western Conference.

Kukoc and Allen Iverson scored 18 points apiece for Philadelphia (42-29), which remained two games ahead of fifth-place Toronto in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

"(Stockton) played great, that's nothing new to me," Iverson said. "That's not a shock to me at all. John Stockton's a legend in this game. We expect him and Karl Malone to play the way they play. They've done things that in our career we want to accomplish."

Malone scored eight points in the first quarter as the Jazz took advantage of nine Philadelphia turnovers and poor shooting to open a 27-15 lead.

In the second quarter, it was Utah's turn to cough up the ball. The Jazz committed six turnovers in the period compared to just one by the 76ers, who closed within 45-41 at halftime.

Malone dominated the third quarter. The All-Star forward scored eight straight points for the Jazz in the session to push the lead to 55-45 with 8:45 left. His 19-foot baseline jumper put Utah on top 68-58 with 1:10 remaining, but Matt Geiger scored the last four points of the quarter to bring the Sixers within 68-62 entering the final period.

"(Karl) geared it up a bit in the second half and he was very tough," Stockton said. "He made some tough shots and great passes and was active defensively. ... Another great game."

Stockton had 20 points and eight assists and Hornacek scored 13 points for the Jazz, who shot 50 percent (39-of-78) from the floor and made all 17 of their foul shots.

Geiger had 15 points off the bench for Philadelphia, which shot 42 percent (32-of-77) and was outrebounded, 44-34.

"I think our defense might have let us down a little bit and their execution was great," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Stockton was great, especially down the stretch, and Malone was great all game."

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