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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 18 30 18 32 98 NEW JERSEY 24 18 24 26 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 21, JOHN STARKS 18, BRYON RUSSELL 14 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 33, KENYON MARTIN 19, JOHNNY NEWMAN 10

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 11, KENYON MARTIN 10

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 14, KARL MALONE 7 NJN - KENDALL GILL 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 12,204


Extended Box

UTAH (98) AT NEW JERSEY (92)

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

MALONE F 36 9-17 3-3 3 7 10 7 2 1 5 21 RUSSELL F 28 7-11 0-2 2 2 4 2 2 1 0 14 POLYNICE C 18 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 8 STARKS G 34 6-13 6-8 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 18 STOCKTON G 32 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 14 2 2 2 9 VAUGHN 16 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 4 4 OSTERTAG 19 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 6 MARSHALL 24 2-6 1-1 0 5 5 2 0 2 1 5 LEWIS 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MANNING 23 5-6 1-1 0 5 5 0 4 1 1 11 STEVENSON 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 D BENOIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 13-17 9 33 42 32 18 7 18 98 (.519) (.765) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 16 2-5 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 1 1 5 K MARTIN F 43 8-16 3-7 4 6 10 2 2 2 1 19 ESCHMEYER C 23 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 3 4 2 2 4 GILL G 33 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 6 3 2 1 4 S MARBURY G 39 12-23 6-6 0 2 2 5 1 0 3 33 WILLIAMS 30 1-11 7-8 5 6 11 3 5 1 3 9 OLLIE 9 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 HARRIS 15 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 8 NEWMAN 32 4-9 1-1 0 2 2 5 4 3 1 10 DOUGLAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCILVAINE DNP - GASTRO INTESTINAL INFECTION SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 20-26 11 29 40 27 25 11 13 92 (.420) (.769) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

UTAH 18 30 18 32 - 98 NEW JERSEY 24 18 24 26 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, MARSHALL, RUSSELL. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, WILLIAMS 2, GILL, ESCHMEYER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-4 (.250), RUSSELL 0-1, STOCKTON 1-1, VAUGHN 0-1, MARSHALL 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-14 (.286), K MARTIN 0-1, S MARBURY 3-8, HARRIS 0-2, NEWMAN 1-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, MARSHALL, NEW JERSEY - NEWMAN. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK, MARC DAVIS. A - 12,204. T - 2:06.


Box Score

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 9-17 3-3 3-10 7 2 21 Russell 28 7-11 0-2 2-4 2 2 14 Polynice 18 4-7 0-0 2-5 0 2 8 Starks 34 6-13 6-8 0-4 3 0 18 Stockton 32 3-5 2-2 0-1 14 2 9 Vaughn 16 2-7 0-0 1-4 4 2 4 Ostertag 19 3-6 0-0 1-3 0 3 6 Marshall 24 2-6 1-1 0-5 2 0 5 Lewis 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Manning 23 5-6 1-1 0-5 0 4 11 Stevenson 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 D Benoit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 13-17 9-42 32 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Russell 0-1, Stockton 1-1, Vaughn 0-1, Marshall 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 2, Marshall, Russell). Turnovers: 18 (Malone 5, Vaughn 4, Ostertag 2, Starks 2, Stockton 2, Manning, Marshall, Polynice). Steals: 7 (Marshall 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Manning, Russell).

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 16 2-5 1-2 1-4 2 4 5 K Martin 43 8-16 3-7 4-10 2 2 19 Eschmeyer 23 1-2 2-2 1-5 3 4 4 Gill 33 2-8 0-0 0-4 6 3 4 S Marbury 39 12-23 6-6 0-2 5 1 33 Williams 30 1-11 7-8 5-11 3 5 9 Ollie 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Harris 15 4-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 8 Newman 32 4-9 1-1 0-2 5 4 10 Douglas DNP - coach's decision Mcilvaine DNP - gastro intestinal infection Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 20-26 11-40 27 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (K Martin 0-1, S Marbury 3-8, Harris 0-2, Newman 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blk5 shots: 8 (K Martin 4, Williams 2, Gill, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 13 (S Marbury 3, Williams 3, Eschmeyer 2, Gill, Harris, Jackson, K Martin, Newman). Steals: 11 (Newman 3, Eschmeyer 2, Gill 2, K Martin 2, Jackson, Williams). ____________________________________________ Utah 18 30 18 32 - 98 New Jersey 24 18 24 26 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Malone, 7:34 4th; Marshall, 4:20 4th). New Jersey 1 (Newman, 4:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,204. T: 2:06. Officials: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Karl Malone got mad and got even.

Malone scored 11 of his 21 points in the final six minutes after being whistled for a technical foul, lifting the Utah Jazz to their 12th straight victory over the New Jersey Nets, 98-92.

The superstar forward was quiet through the first three periods, managing just eight points. After a brief stint on the bench, he returned with 8:46 remaining and immediately was called for a foul.

Just over a minute later, Malone threw in a hook and argued that he was fouled, earning a technical foul. Johnny Newman made the free throw, giving the Nets a 76-70 lead with 7:37 remaining.

Malone took over from there, converting a dunk and a trio of three-point plays. The last two came less than a minute apart and gave Utah a 90-86 lead with 1:21 to play.

Malone insisted the technical foul had nothing to do with his improved play and his coach concurred.

"Please. What else? Next question," Malone said. "I think later on, we started to run our plays, how we wanted them (to work)."

"I never thought those things fired him up," long-time Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's always pretty much fired up. If you have to get fired up because of a technical, then you probably weren't playing hard to start with and that's what he's been all about for as long as he's played."

However, some of his newer teammates thought otherwise.

"He's usually like that," forward Donyell Marshall said. "He usually gets that technical and it fires him up. After he gets the technical, he's able to calm down and go out there and play the game of basketball he's capable of playing."

"It might have been our turning point," guard John Starks said. "I think it was more so that we have to pick it up. I think most people understand that he does feed off that. He did a great job of controlling himself and doing what he had to do."

Starks scored 18 points and John Stockton had 14 assists for the Jazz, who have not lost to the Nets since January 6, 1994. Utah improved to a league-best 5-1 on the road.

"He might have been fired up before the technical but who knows?" Stockton said. Jdon't know that getting the technical fires anybody up. (But) he sure got it going after that."

Stephon Marbury scored 33 points for the Nets, who have lost four in a row.

"We wanted to end the streak tonight but we knew against Utah (it) would be tough," Nets coach Byron Scott said.

Starks hit a jumper and fed Malone for a dunk that made it 76-74 with 6:16 remaining. Lucious Harris answered with a jumper, but Malone's first three-point play made it a one-point game.

Nets rookie Kenyon Martin split a pair of free throws and two by Stockton tied it, 79-79, with 5:07 to go. Newman and Stockton traded 3-pointers and Starks made a 22-footer before two free throws by Aaron Williams gave the Nets an 84-84 tie with 2:26 to play.

Malone powered past Williams for a layup and foul, giving Utah an 87-84 lead. Marbury made two free throws before Malone again worked through Williams for a basket and free throw.

After Martin scored inside, Malone found Danny Manning for a layup and a 92-88 lead with 41 seconds left. Marbury missed a 3-pointer and Starks sank six free throws in the final 17 seconds.

"We pride ourselves on the fourth quarter, on getting stops and executing defensively," Starks said. "I think we did a good job of that in the fourth quarter."

Bryon Russell scored 14 points and Manning added 11 for the Jazz, who shot 52 percent (42-of-81) from the field and overcame 18 turnovers. Malone added 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Martin had 19 points, 10 boards and four blocks for the Nets, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81) and were outrebounded, 42-40.

"Our defense was there," Marbury said. "We had some lapses. You can't have any lapses against these guys because they'll capitalize."

Malone was quiet early as the Nets opened a 30-20 lead just over two minutes into the second quarter. But Manning scored nine points in the period and the Jazz came roaring back, taking a 48-42 halftime lead.

Marbury scored 15 points in the third period, which ended in a 68-68 tie.

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