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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 19 21 28 28 96 PHOENIX 21 19 14 28 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 32, BRYON RUSSELL 16, JEFF HORNACEK 13 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 16, SHAWN MARION 15, TODD DAY 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 15, ARMEN GILLIAM 9 PHO - OLIVER MILLER 8, SHAWN MARION 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, HOWARD EISLEY 5 PHO - RANDY LIVINGSTON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

UTAH (96) AT PHOENIX (82)

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

MALONE F 38 11-24 10-13 4 11 15 4 0 3 1 32 RUSSELL F 34 6-7 2-4 3 5 8 2 5 2 3 16 POLYNICE C 22 3-4 3-4 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 9 HORNACEK G 34 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 3 13 STOCKTON G 35 2-6 1-2 0 3 3 9 2 3 1 5 KEEFE 15 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 5 EISLEY 20 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 0 3 5 OSTERTAG 9 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 VAUGHN 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 GILLIAM 25 4-8 1-2 5 4 9 0 1 0 0 9 PADGETT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LEWIS 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-76 20-29 18 31 49 24 17 10 16 96 (.474) (.690) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

MARION F 37 7-11 1-2 0 7 7 1 3 0 1 15 ROBINSON F 32 2-7 1-3 0 3 3 2 3 2 1 5 LONGLEY C 17 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 4 HARDAWAY G 34 6-15 2-2 2 1 3 4 2 1 8 16 LIVINGSTON G 27 2-9 1-1 0 3 3 7 4 2 0 5 JOHNSON 8 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 O MILLER 28 3-9 2-2 5 3 8 0 2 2 1 8 ROGERS 31 4-11 1-2 0 2 2 4 5 0 2 10 DAY 18 5-5 1-5 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 14 MACLEAN 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BAILEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-72 11-19 7 24 31 21 25 8 18 82 (.444) (.579) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

UTAH 19 21 28 28 - 96 PHOENIX 21 19 14 28 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE 2. PHOENIX - O MILLER 2, MARION, HARDAWAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-6 (.667), RUSSELL 2-2, HORNACEK 1-2, EISLEY 1-2. PHOENIX 7-19 (.368), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 0-5, HARDAWAY 2-5, JOHNSON 1-1, ROGERS 1-4, DAY 3-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, VAUGHN. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,023. T - 2:09.


Box Score

UTAH (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 11-24 10-13 4-15 4 0 32 Russell 34 6-7 2-4 3-8 2 5 16 Polynice 22 3-4 3-4 2-3 0 1 9 Hornacek 34 6-12 0-0 0-1 3 4 13 Stockton 35 2-6 1-2 0-3 9 2 5 Keefe 15 2-3 1-2 1-3 1 1 5 Eisley 20 1-5 2-2 0-2 5 3 5 Ostertag 9 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 2 Vaughn 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gilliam 25 4-8 1-2 5-9 0 1 9 Padgett 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lewis 1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 20-29 18-49 24 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Russell 2-2, Hornacek 1-2, Eisley 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 3, Malone 2). Turnovers: 16 (Eisley 3, Hornacek 3, Russell 3, Keefe 2, Vaughn 2, Malone, Polynice, Stockton). Steals: 10 (Malone 3, Stockton 3, Russell 2, Hornacek, Polynice).

PHOENIX (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 37 7-11 1-2 0-7 1 3 15 Robinson 32 2-7 1-3 0-3 2 3 5 Longley 17 1-2 2-2 0-1 2 2 4 Hardaway 34 6-15 2-2 2-3 4 2 16 Livingston 27 2-9 1-1 0-3 7 4 5 Johnson 8 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 5 O Miller 28 3-9 2-2 5-8 0 2 8 Rogers 31 4-11 1-2 0-2 4 5 10 Day 18 5-5 1-5 0-1 0 3 14 Maclean 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bailey 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Blount DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 11-19 7-31 21 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 0-5, Hardaway 2-5, Johnson 1-1, Rogers 1-4, Day 3-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (O Miller 2, Marion, Hardaway). Turnovers: 18 (Hardaway 8, Day 2, Longley 2, Rogers 2, Bailey, Marion, O Miller, Robinson). Steals: 8 (Livingston 2, O Miller 2, Robinson 2, Day, Hardaway). ____________________________________________ Utah 19 21 28 28 - 96 Phoenix 21 19 14 28 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Malone, 5:58 3rd; Vaughn, 0:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:09. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Karl Malone became the third player in NBA history to record 31,000 points, scoring 32 to go with 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz wrapped up the Midwest Division with a 96-82 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Malone reached the milestone by hitting a free throw with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to score 31,000.

"I'm not done yet," Malone said. "I think when I look back on it when I'm done, it will be more exciting. Right now, I'm still just trying to play the game."

The free throw came during a 14-0 run that blew open the game for the Jazz. Utah led 52-48 with 6:05 remaining in the third before Malone pitched in five points and Olden Polynice four during the four-minute run for a 66-48 advantage.

"We just turned the ball over too much," Phoenix guard Penny Hardaway said of the run. "I made some bad decisions on about three or four plays that hurt us and they capitalized on those."

Hardaway, who committed eight of the Suns' 18 turnovers, took full blame for Utah's run.

"I'll take the blame for this because it was my leadership -- my poor leadership -- that got them off and running and turning it over at the wrong time," he said.

Malone also had four assists, leaving him one shy of 4,000.

The Suns got within 10 points early in the fourth quarter on Todd Day's 3-pointer, but could not get closer as they had a six-game winning streak stopped.

Utah completed its first-ever season series sweep against the Suns. The teams began playing one another in 1974 when the Jazz were based in New Orleans.

"Clearly we got beat by a much better basektball team," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We'd like to think we are at that caliber, but they swept us this year and the last three times, they've handled us pretty easlily. Hopefully, this will be some sort of wakeup call that we need to improve and we need to do it quickly."

Malone's 15 rebounds were a season-high, eclipsing his 14 against Portland on April 10. Utah held a 49-31 advantage on the boards, including 18-7 on the offensive glass. The Jazz outscored the Suns, 19-8, in second-chance points.

Bryon Russell added 16 points and Jeff Hornacek 13 for the Jazz, who shot 47 percent (36-of-76).

Phoenix's lead on San Antonio for fourth place in the Western Conference shrunk to one game. Both teams have two games remaining, with the Spurs hosting lowly Vancouver tomorrow.

"It really doesn't mean anything to us," Hardaway said of the race. "We have two games we could win and still have homecourt advantage. It would be sad if we lost it tonight, but we're still on top. We have two games we know we could win."

Hardaway scored 16 points and rookie Shawn Marion added 15 as the Suns shot 44 percent from the floor (32-of-72).

"It was tied at the half, but we haven't played with the energy like we played in January and February," Skiles said. "You would have to be a part of our staff and part of the inner workings of the team to understand the amount of breakdowns and things that are going on right now. We're not playing with the same attention to detail and just overall energy that is necessary to compete and win."

Utah, which has won the division in three of the last four years, will hold the second seed when the playoffs start and will face either Sacramento or Seattle. The other will take on the NBA-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

"This title means more to me than all of the rest because we weren't expected to do it," Malone said. "We've been doubted all year long and we'll be doubted again. We went out here and did something that no one gave us an opportunity to do once the season started. I think what they forgot about is the dedication the guys put in to get ready to play this game."

Before the game, the Suns honored Utah guard Jeff Hornacek, who was playing in his final regular-season game in Phoenix. Hornacek, retiring at the end of the season, was given a set a golf clubs from the team that he played for from 1986-1992.

"It's amazing that I played here six years ago," Hornacek said. "I've been away for eight years and every time I came back, I got good support in this place. Everytime I come back, it seems like I just left. They're counting down for me, but we're just looking forward to the playoffs. I'm not the kind of person to be concerned that I have only two games left and then the playoffs. I'm just enjoying the last bit of playing I'm doing."

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