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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 14 24 23 30 91 PHILADELPHIA 28 19 21 21 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 41, DANNY MANNING 16, BRYON RUSSELL 9 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 45, THEO RATLIFF 13, TYRONE HILL 9

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, DONYELL MARSHALL 10 PHI - TYRONE HILL 12, TONI KUKOC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - TONI KUKOC 4, AARON MCKIE 3

ATT: 19,428


Extended Box

UTAH (91) AT PHILADELPHIA (89)

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

MALONE F 43 13-18 15-20 1 12 13 3 2 2 3 41 RUSSELL F 36 3-10 3-4 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 9 POLYNICE C 19 1-6 0-0 3 4 7 0 3 0 0 2 STARKS G 25 0-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 STOCKTON G 35 2-7 3-3 1 0 1 11 3 4 4 7 VAUGHN 13 0-1 0-1 1 1 2 3 5 1 5 0 D BENOIT 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 STEVENSON 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 14 2-3 3-3 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 7 MARSHALL 30 3-7 1-2 1 9 10 1 2 0 1 7 MANNING 17 6-11 4-4 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 16 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 29-37 11 29 40 22 25 8 16 91 (.437) (.784) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 32 3-5 3-6 5 7 12 0 5 1 1 9 KUKOC F 33 3-10 1-2 3 6 9 4 1 2 1 7 RATLIFF C 30 3-5 7-8 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 13 IVERSON G 47 15-34 15-18 1 2 3 1 3 4 6 45 MCKIE G 38 1-7 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 1 5 5 MAXWELL 11 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 SANCHEZ 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GEIGER 12 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 LYNCH 22 2-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 5 2 0 6 MACCULLOCH 14 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 2 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-75 30-38 15 28 43 10 25 12 15 89 (.387) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

UTAH 14 24 23 30 - 91 PHILADELPHIA 28 19 21 21 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 4, MARSHALL, OSTERTAG. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF, GEIGER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 0-6 (.000), RUSSELL 0-2, STARKS 0-2, MARSHALL 0-1, MANNING 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 1-12 (.083), KUKOC 0-3, IVERSON 0-4, MCKIE 1-3, MAXWELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN 2 (EJECTED), PHILADELPHIA - KUKOC, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GEORGE TOLIVER, GREG WILLARD. A - 19,428. T - 2:34.


Box Score

UTAH (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 43 13-18 15-20 1-13 3 2 41 Russell 36 3-10 3-4 1-1 2 2 9 Polynice 19 1-6 0-0 3-7 0 3 2 Starks 25 0-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Stockton 35 2-7 3-3 1-1 11 3 7 Vaughn 13 0-1 0-1 1-2 3 5 0 D Benoit 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Stevenson 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ostertag 14 2-3 3-3 1-2 0 4 7 Marshall 30 3-7 1-2 1-10 1 2 7 Manning 17 6-11 4-4 1-1 1 2 16 Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 29-37 11-40 22 25 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Russell 0-2, Starks 0-2, Marshall 0-1, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Malone 4, Marshall, Ostertag). Turnovers: 17 (Vaughn 5, Stockton 4, Malone 3, Ostertag 2, Marshall, Starks). Steals: 8 (Stockton 4, Malone 2, Russell, Vaughn).

PHILADELPHIA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 32 3-5 3-6 5-12 0 5 9 Kukoc 33 3-10 1-2 3-9 4 1 7 Ratliff 30 3-5 7-8 2-7 1 4 13 Iverson 47 15-34 15-18 1-3 1 3 45 Mckie 38 1-7 2-2 1-3 3 2 5 Maxwell 11 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Sanchez 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Geiger 12 1-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Lynch 22 2-4 2-2 1-3 0 5 6 Macculloch 14 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 30-38 15-43 10 25 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Kukoc 0-3, Iverson 0-4, Mckie 1-3, Maxwell 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Ratliff, Geiger). Turnovers: 15 (Iverson 6, Mckie 5, Geiger, Hill, Kukoc, Ratliff). Steals: 12 (Iverson 4, Kukoc 2, Lynch 2, Hill, Macculloch, Mckie, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Utah 14 24 23 30 - 91 Philadelphia 28 19 21 21 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Head Coach Sloan 2 (ejected), 2:16 1st). Philadelphia 2 (Kukoc, 1:58 3rd; Illegal Defense, 5:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,428. T: 2:34. Officials: Ron Garretson, George Toliver, Greg Willard.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz responded to their coach's departure a bit better than Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers responded to their coach's return.

Malone scored a season-high 41 points and led a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Jazz a 91-89 victory over the 76ers, who wasted a season-high 45 points from Allen Iverson.

"We just kept our composure, continue to execute, and do the things we were capable of doing," Malone said. "Down the stretch, we didn't beat ourselves. Anytime you have an opportunity to do that, you'll win."

The Jazz were coming off a lackluster loss in Toronto in which Jerry Sloan sat perennial All-Stars Malone and John Stockton for huge chunks of the second half. Utah dug itself an early 20-9 hole tonight when Sloan received two technical fouls for arguing and was ejected with 2:16 left in the first quarter.

The Jazz were slow to respond, falling behind by 16 points in the second quarter. They still trailed by seven points going into the final period when Malone teamed with Danny Manning to rally them.

Malone scored 13 points and Manning 12 in the fourth quarter, when Utah scored on practically every possession. Manning's two free throws tied it at 89-89 with 1:06 left and his 16-footer over NBA blocked shots leader Theo Ratliff gave the Jazz a 91-89 lead with 19 seconds remaining.

"I think Theo Ratliff's assignment was to go down to Malone when he got the ball," Manning said. "My teammates got the ball to me. I caught the ball in rhythm, I had a clean look."

"We couldn't get two stops in a row," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "Our defense executes so well, especially down the stretch, but we didn't get any stops. They almost got every shot they wanted down the stretch and we had to make good plays."

The 76ers, who practiced Sunday and Monday without Brown, isolated Iverson at the top of the circle. He drew the defense with a drive and passed to Toni Kukoc, whose 3-pointer from the right corner was blocked by Donyell Marshall with about eight seconds to go.

"Right before they put the ball in play, John Starks told me that they where going to go to Kukoc for the three," Marshall said. "So, it was a situation where I knew I had to help, as well as get to Kukoc. As I jumped in the air, I was nervous that the ref was going to call a foul, but I got to it just in time, and it tuned out to be a key block."

"Maybe I should have put a fake and then shot the ball," Kukoc said. "There wasn't much to think about. When you have the ball on a shot like that, you have to take it."

Marshall saved the ball inbounds and Iverson won a scramble for it. His long jumper missed but bounced directly to Kukoc, who inexplicably dribbled behind the arc instead of shooting right away and allowed time to expire.

"When Allen caught the ball, there was like four seconds on the clock," Kukoc said. "So, when he came back to me, I didn't have the time to look up to see what I got. I thought if I step back, get a dribble, get off a three, we win the game. I just didn't have the time."

One night after going scoreless in the second half, Malone had a terrific game. He made 13-of-18 shots and 15-of-20 free throws as he overpowered Tyrone Hill.

Iverson made 15-of-34 shots and 15-of-18 free throws as he broke 40 points for the first time this season and 17th in his career. But it was a familiar refrain as the 76ers dropped to 6-11 when the All-Star guard scores 40 or more.

"They were just a little tougher than us tonight," Iverson said. "We still had a chance to win. They were tougher and smarter. It wasn't Toni's fault. I like the fact that he was aggressive enough to try and put them away in our own house. It shouldn't have come down to the last shot."

Brown did not attend practice Sunday and Monday to attend to "personal business." Much was made of his absence, including rumors that he again was at odds with Iverson or contemplating resignation, despite the fact that his team had the best record in the NBA.

"I didn't think about it," Brown said at today's shootaround. "If I thought about it, and it was going to be like this, I probably wouldn't have taken any time off."

"We got the best record in the league," Iverson said. "If we're not on the same page right now or close to the same page, we're never going to get there. I think everybody is making this out to be a little more than what it is."

Manning scored a season-high 16 points, Malone grabbed 13 rebounds and John Stockton handed out 11 assists for the Jazz, who had lost four of their previous five games.

"Philadelphia jumped to a very big lead," Manning said. "They were playing very good and we just hung in there. We got contributions from a lot of different guys. It's always nice when everyone can contribute to the victory."

"A lot of guys stepped up for us down the stretch," Malone said. "That's what we need on this team."

Ratliff scored 13 points and Hill pulled down 12 boards for the Sixers, who have lost three straight home games but still have the league's best record at 18-7.

Malone scored 15 points in the third quarter, which ended with Philadelphia holding a 68-61 lead. Manning scored eight points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and Utah took its first lead at 75-74 on a jumper by Malone with 6:33 to go.

There were six ties and four lead changes thereafter. Malone scored seven points in a two-minute span to keep the Jazz in it and Iverson had nine in just over four minutes, including a floater that made it 89-87 with 1:18 remaining.

Manning's free throws tied it and Iverson missed a tough layup before Manning missed a runner with 31 seconds left. But the Jazz rebounded to set up the winning basket.

"It's nice to be able to come in and make a contribution, especially after a win," Manning said. "It's just nice to be out on the court and help out."

Utah shot 44 percent (31-of-71) and made 29-of-37 free throws. Philadelphia shot 39 percent (29-of-75) and made 30-of-38 from the line. The teams combined to make just 1-of-18 3-pointers.

Iverson was a handful for Stockton. He scored 12 points in the first quarter as Philadelphia raced to a 28-14 lead. The bulge grew to 36-20 in the second period, when Iverson added 14 more.

The 76ers scored the first six points of the third quarter to open a 53-38 advantage before the Jazz began their comeback.

"We got them into foul trouble, we attacked them on the offensive end, and we made them play," Malone said.

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