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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 25 16 25 21 87 DENVER 27 20 27 26 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 33, JOHN STOCKTON 14, DONYELL MARSHALL 10 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 31, NICK VAN EXEL 25, VOSHON LENARD 13

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, BRYON RUSSELL 8 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, NICK VAN EXEL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, JACQUE VAUGHN 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, ANTONIO MCDYESS 5

ATT: 15,205


Extended Box

UTAH (87) AT DENVER (100)

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

MALONE F 37 11-20 11-14 2 3 5 2 3 0 2 33 RUSSELL F 37 1-9 3-4 0 8 8 1 3 0 2 5 OSTERTAG C 26 2-2 0-0 4 1 5 0 3 0 1 4 LEWIS G 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 STOCKTON G 32 5-15 2-2 3 5 8 10 1 2 1 14 STEVENSON 25 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 8 VAUGHN 16 0-2 3-5 0 3 3 4 1 1 5 3 MARSHALL 21 4-11 1-2 0 6 6 3 1 0 2 10 MANNING 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 POLYNICE 18 4-6 0-2 1 1 2 0 3 1 3 8 D BENOIT 16 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 3 2 STARKS DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 12 30 42 24 24 5 19 87 (.392) (.710) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(29 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 35 11-22 9-12 4 9 13 5 4 1 2 31 POSEY F 32 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 2 LAFRENTZ C 20 1-5 1-1 1 4 5 1 5 0 0 3 LENARD G 33 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 13 VAN EXEL G 40 11-19 0-0 1 6 7 8 3 4 3 25 CLARK 36 0-4 1-2 1 3 4 4 3 0 5 1 MCCLOUD 24 5-11 1-1 1 0 1 2 1 3 2 12 PACK 9 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 6 BOWEN 6 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 STRICKLAND 5 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 CHEANEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 15-20 10 29 39 28 22 10 14 100 (.459) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(6 PTS)

UTAH 25 16 25 21 - 87 DENVER 27 20 27 26 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, MARSHALL 2, POLYNICE 2, MALONE, LEWIS, VAUGHN, STEVENSON, MANNING. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, CLARK 4, POSEY 2, LAFRENTZ 2, MCCLOUD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-10 (.300), RUSSELL 0-3, STOCKTON 2-2, STEVENSON 0-3, MARSHALL 1-2. DENVER 7-20 (.350), POSEY 0-2, LENARD 3-8, VAN EXEL 3-6, MCCLOUD 1-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DENVER - VAN EXEL, HEAD COACH ISSEL 2 (EJECTED), ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, RODNEY MOTT, SCOTT WALL. A - 15,205. T - 2:08.


Box Score

UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 11-20 11-14 2-5 2 3 33 Russell 37 1-9 3-4 0-8 1 3 5 Ostertag 26 2-2 0-0 4-5 0 3 4 Lewis 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 Stockton 32 5-15 2-2 3-8 10 1 14 Stevenson 25 3-8 2-2 0-2 3 1 8 Vaughn 16 0-2 3-5 0-3 4 1 3 Marshall 21 4-11 1-2 0-6 3 1 10 Manning 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Polynice 18 4-6 0-2 1-2 0 3 8 D Benoit 16 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 Starks DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 12-42 24 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Russell 0-3, Stockton 2-2, Stevenson 0-3, Marshall 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 13 (Ostertag 4, Marshall 2, Polynice 2, Malone, Lewis, Vaughn, Stevenson, Manning). Turnovers: 20 (Vaughn 5, D Benoit 3, Polynice 3, Malone 2, Marshall 2, Russell 2, Ostertag, Stockton). Steals: 5 (Stockton 2, Manning, Polynice, Vaughn).

DENVER (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 35 11-22 9-12 4-13 5 4 31 Posey 32 1-5 0-0 1-4 3 2 2 Lafrentz 20 1-5 1-1 1-5 1 5 3 Lenard 33 5-11 0-0 0-1 3 1 13 Van Exel 40 11-19 0-0 1-7 8 3 25 Clark 36 0-4 1-2 1-4 4 3 1 Mccloud 24 5-11 1-1 1-1 2 1 12 Pack 9 2-5 2-2 0-2 1 2 6 Bowen 6 1-1 1-2 0-0 1 1 3 Strickland 5 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 Cheaney DNP - coach's decision Murray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 15-20 10-39 28 22 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Posey 0-2, Lenard 3-8, Van Exel 3-6, Mccloud 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 13 (Mcdyess 4, Clark 4, Posey 2, Lafrentz 2, Mccloud). Turnovers: 14 (Clark 5, Van Exel 3, Mccloud 2, Mcdyess 2, Lenard, Pack). Steals: 10 (Van Exel 4, Mccloud 3, Bowen, Mcdyess, Posey). ____________________________________________ Utah 25 16 25 21 - 87 Denver 27 20 27 26 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:24 3rd). Denver 5 (Van Exel, 6:36 3rd; Head Coach Issel 2 (ejected), 4:36 3rd, 4:06 3rd; Illegal Defense 2, 0:57 3rd, 7:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 6:36 3rd). A: 15,205. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Forte, Rodney Mott, Scott Wall.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Karl Malone no longer is slumping but the Utah Jazz still are.

Malone snapped out of a four-game funk with 33 points but the Jazz suffered their fifth straight loss, a 100-87 setback to the Denver Nuggets, who won their third consecutive game.

The NBA's second all-time leading scorer, Malone has struggled of late. In his previous four games -- all losses -- the superstar power forward averaged just 14 points on 31 percent shooting (18-of-58).

"I have to believe he's hurting, that his back is bothering him," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "But whenever a team like Utah has lost four in a row and they are struggling, they are dangerous."

Malone made 11-of-20 shots and 11-of-14 free throws. But he did not get much help and did very little to slow down Nuggets power forward Antonio McDyess, who remained red-hot with 31 points and 13 rebounds.

"It's really difficult right now," Malone said. "I got some easy baskets. We are not doing the basic things to win a game."

"This is one of the better games Karl's had in a while," Jazz forward Donyell Marshall said. "We need to stay focused as a team and not let up and we have to play a complete game."

The Jazz are mired in their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row from January 26-February 4, 2000. That was Utah's longest skid during Malone's storied career and the club can match it at Houston on Saturday.

"We're in a slump right now and we just need to keep fighting through this," Jazz forward Bryon Russell said.

Nick Van Exel outplayed John Stockton with 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who shook off the ejection of Issel and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

"Karl Malone and John Stockton are the measruing sticks for power forwards and point guards in this league and I thought our guys (McDyess and Van Exel) measured up pretty darn good tonight," Issel said.

"Van Exel got right on top of the basket," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He had a terrific run. We didn't know what to do with him."

Malone got off to a quick start with 13 points in the first quarter. But McDyess, who is averaging 29.6 points in his last five games, scored 15 and Denver grabbed a 27-25 lead.

McDyess threw in a hook and Van Exel added two baskets to give the Nuggets the lead for good at 42-36 with 2:15 left in the first half.

Denver led 47-41 at halftime and opened a 53-42 advantage on a three-point play by Raef LaFrentz -- his only basket of the game -- 88 seconds into the third quarter. Issel was ejected midway through the period and Malone scored 10 points as Utah closed to 74-66 entering the final 12 minutes.

"I've got to do a better job keeping my composure but it galls me when our guys are getting taken advantage of like they were tonight," Issel said.

The Jazz closed to 86-80 with 4:12 left on a dunk by Russell, his only basket. Voshon Lenard responded with a jumper and 3-pointer around a basket by Stockton, and George McCloud added a 3-pointer for a 94-82 lead with 2:06 remaining.

"Without a doubt, we have a lot of confidence right now," said McCloud. "We've come together as a team of late. We're playing with a lot of energy."

Lenard scored 13 points and McCloud added 12 for the Nuggets, who shot 46 percent (39-of-85) and forced 20 turnovers, turning them into 29 points.

Stockton had 14 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who shot 39 percent (31-of-79). Utah played without shooting guard John Starks, who served the first of a two-game team suspension for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

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