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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 31 16 34 28 109 INDIANA 20 23 33 25 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 29, BRYON RUSSELL 22, JOHN STARKS 19 IND - JALEN ROSE 36, REGGIE MILLER 24, AUSTIN CROSHERE 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 8, KARL MALONE 7 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 10, SAM PERKINS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 16, KARL MALONE 7 IND - TRAVIS BEST 6, JALEN ROSE 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

UTAH (109) AT INDIANA (101)

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

MALONE F 36 9-18 11-12 4 3 7 7 2 2 2 29 RUSSELL F 35 7-11 4-4 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 22 POLYNICE C 17 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 8 STARKS G 39 9-16 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 1 0 19 STOCKTON G 30 4-7 1-1 0 2 2 16 3 2 2 9 VAUGHN 18 2-5 1-1 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 6 OSTERTAG 17 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 2 MANNING 12 0-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 0 MARSHALL 28 3-6 4-4 3 5 8 0 1 0 0 10 STEVENSON 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 D BENOIT 4 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-83 21-22 13 25 38 32 28 5 9 109 (.494) (.955) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

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

FOSTER F 8 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 HARRINGTON F 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 3 2 ONEAL C 36 4-9 4-5 3 7 10 0 4 1 1 12 R MILLER G 43 7-13 10-10 0 1 1 5 1 1 0 24 ROSE G 42 10-18 15-15 0 2 2 6 3 1 2 36 BEST 32 3-9 2-2 0 3 3 6 5 1 1 9 CROSHERE 36 4-9 5-5 1 3 4 2 4 0 2 14 PERKINS 23 0-3 4-4 1 4 5 1 2 2 0 4 TABAK 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MCKEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-63 40-41 5 24 29 20 23 7 10 101 (.460) (.976) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

UTAH 31 16 34 28 - 109 INDIANA 20 23 33 25 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2. INDIANA - ONEAL 2, PERKINS, CROSHERE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-9 (.667), RUSSELL 4-6, STARKS 1-1, VAUGHN 1-1, MARSHALL 0-1. INDIANA 3-10 (.300), R MILLER 0-2, ROSE 1-1, BEST 1-2, CROSHERE 1-3, PERKINS 0-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, R MILLER. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, ED F RUSH, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,345. T - 2:11.


Box Score

UTAH (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 9-18 11-12 4-7 7 2 29 Russell 35 7-11 4-4 0-2 1 5 22 Polynice 17 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 4 8 Starks 39 9-16 0-0 1-5 4 4 19 Stockton 30 4-7 1-1 0-2 16 3 9 Vaughn 18 2-5 1-1 0-2 3 0 6 Ostertag 17 1-3 0-0 3-5 0 3 2 Manning 12 0-5 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Marshall 28 3-6 4-4 3-8 0 1 10 Stevenson 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 D Benoit 4 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-83 21-22 13-38 32 28 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (Russell 4-6, Starks 1-1, Vaughn 1-1, Marshall 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ostertag 2). Turnovers: 9 (Malone 2, Manning 2, Stockton 2, Ostertag, Polynice, Vaughn). Steals: 5 (Malone 2, Stockton 2, Starks).

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Foster 8 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 Harrington 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Oneal 36 4-9 4-5 3-10 0 4 12 R Miller 43 7-13 10-10 0-1 5 1 24 Rose 42 10-18 15-15 0-2 6 3 36 Best 32 3-9 2-2 0-3 6 5 9 Croshere 36 4-9 5-5 1-4 2 4 14 Perkins 23 0-3 4-4 1-5 1 2 4 Tabak 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mckey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-63 40-41 5-29 20 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.976. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (R Miller 0-2, Rose 1-1, Best 1-2, Croshere 1-3, Perkins 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Oneal 2, Perkins, Croshere). Turnovers: 10 (Harrington 3, Croshere 2, Rose 2, Best, Foster, Oneal). Steals: 7 (Perkins 2, Best, Harrington, Oneal, R Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Utah 31 16 34 28 - 109 Indiana 20 23 33 25 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 2 (Illegal Defense, 6:00 3rd; R Miller, 3:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:11. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Ed F Rush, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Karl Malone scored 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter and John Stockton handed out a season-high 16 assists as the Utah Jazz handed the Indiana Pacers their sixth home loss of the season, 109-101.

Malone's third-quarter outburst put the Jazz ahead to stay, 81-76, entering the final period. Stockton's fancy passing and the clutch shooting of Bryon Russell and John Starks helped Utah hold on for its 10th win in 14 road games.

"Once again, down the stretch we didn't beat ourselves," Malone said. "Guys hit some big shots down the stretch for us."

"Well, they were paying a lot of attention to Karl (in the fourth quarter)," Stockton said. "And rightfully so. He had such a great third quarter. He was rolling and I think they paid a lot of attention to him, left a few of the rest of us open for shots."

Indiana slipped to 7-6 at Conseco Fieldhouse, just one season removed from posting a sparkling 36-5 home en route to the NBA Finals. The Pacers have lost three in a row in their new building for the first time.

The Jazz (19-8) improved to 3-2 on their six-game road trip that concludes at Minnesota on Saturday. They have won 10 of 11 games against sub-.500 teams this season and improved to 6-1 when scoring 100 or more points.

"It's been a nice trip for us in a long season," Malone said. "You look around the NBA today and you see people say that the Jazz are old-fashioned yet teams are running our plays because our plays work."

Jalen Rose scored 36 points for Indiana, which slipped to 0-7 when allowing 100 or more points and 2-11 against teams with winning records.

"They way we're playing right now, we're finding a way to be in games but we're not finding a way to complete games," Rose said. "Right now, we're just not having enough guys coming out and contributing the way they can, the way we need them to."

The teams combined to make an astounding 61-of-63 free throws with Malone and Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal accounting for the only misses of the night. No NBA game has featured a perfect combined performance from the line.

The Jazz appeared primed to blow out the Pacers in the first quarter, racing to a 21-9 lead. Russell had nine of his 22 points in the opening period, when Utah took a 31-20 lead.

But Rose, who scored a career-high 42 points in Wednesday's overtime loss to Toronto, got hot. He finished the first half with 14 points as Indiana closed to 47-43 at the intermission.

Malone, coming off a season-high 41-point performance at Philadelphia on Wednesday, began his big third quarter with two free throws and a pair of jumpers to open a 57-49 lead. Two more foul shots and a tip-in made it 66-55 with 5:48 remaining in the period.

"We just couldn't stop them," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "With Stockton and Malone running the pick-and-roll, they are very efficient. Then, when you take it away, they find an opening, like Russell who hit two big threes that hurt us."

The Pacers cut the deficit to one four times in the fourth quarter, the last coming on Reggie Miller's 16-footer with 6:16 to play. But Starks, who scored seven of his season-high 19 points in the final period, answered with a 3-pointer.

"John Starks is our energizer," Russell said. "He gives us his quick points and then he gets over there on the bench and he starts being the biggest fan that we have."

"I am just part of the puzzle," Starks said. "I have to do my part as well as the other 11 guys on this team. If I continue to do my part and everybody else continues to do theirs, then we have a good shot at winning it all."

Russell's 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining opened an eight-point cushion and Donyell Marshall followed with two free throws to make it 106-96 with 1:23 left.

"We had a good finish tonight," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "That's what is most important."

Marshall scored 10 points off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 49 percent (41-of-83) from the field and held a 38-29 advantage on the boards.

Miller scored 24 points and combined with Rose to make all 25 of their free throws. Austin Croshere scored 14 points off the bench and O'Neal added 12 and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 46 percent (29-of-63).

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