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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 18 24 20 35 7 104 UTAH 17 25 24 31 19 116 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 26, STEVE FRANCIS 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15 UTH - KARL MALONE 29, DONYELL MARSHALL 26, JOHN STARKS 19

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, KENNY THOMAS 7 UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 21, KARL MALONE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 3, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 UTH - KARL MALONE 9, JOHN STOCKTON 7

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

HOUSTON (104) AT UTAH (116) - FINAL IN OT

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

ANDERSON F 48 9-15 5-9 3 3 6 1 1 1 2 26 THOMAS F 28 2-3 2-2 0 7 7 1 6 1 1 7 TAYLOR C 37 7-12 1-2 2 4 6 2 6 0 1 15 FRANCIS G 41 5-14 10-10 2 5 7 2 6 2 2 21 MOBLEY G 47 6-17 3-5 0 3 3 3 0 0 2 15 WILLIAMS 15 0-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 0 2 0 LANGHI 8 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 NORRIS 14 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 7 BULLARD 26 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 0 0 11 COLLIER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CATO DNP - STRAINED LEFT SHOULDER ROGERS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 265 36-82 25-32 8 31 39 14 25 5 10 104 (.439) (.781) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

MALONE F 45 14-26 1-4 5 5 10 9 2 0 2 29 MARSHALL F 48 10-18 5-6 7 14 21 3 3 0 3 26 POLYNICE C 13 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 STARKS G 44 8-13 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 19 STOCKTON G 39 7-15 3-3 0 4 4 7 2 1 2 18 VAUGHN 24 2-5 6-6 0 1 1 6 3 1 2 10 MANNING 21 3-8 4-6 4 2 6 2 3 0 1 10 D BENOIT 20 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 0 2 2 LEWIS 11 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 2 OSTERTAG DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM RUSSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 46-92 21-27 17 34 51 33 29 2 13 116 (.500) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

HOUSTON 18 24 20 35 7 - 104 UTAH 17 25 24 31 19 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - WILLIAMS. UTAH - MARSHALL 2, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-23 (.304), ANDERSON 3-6, THOMAS 1-1, FRANCIS 1-4, MOBLEY 0-3, WILLIAMS 0-2, LANGHI 0-1, NORRIS 1-2, BULLARD 1-4. UTAH 3-7 (.429), MARSHALL 1-3, STARKS 1-1, STOCKTON 1-2, VAUGHN 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - TAYLOR, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, FRANCIS, UTAH - MALONE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, LEROY RICHARDSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,911. T - 2:30.


Box Score

HOUSTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 48 9-15 5-9 3-6 1 1 26 Thomas 28 2-3 2-2 0-7 1 6 7 Taylor 37 7-12 1-2 2-6 2 6 15 Francis 41 5-14 10-10 2-7 2 6 21 Mobley 47 6-17 3-5 0-3 3 0 15 Williams 15 0-5 0-0 0-5 0 3 0 Langhi 8 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Norris 14 2-3 2-2 0-1 2 0 7 Bullard 26 4-9 2-2 1-4 2 3 11 Collier 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cato DNP - strained left shoulder Rogers DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-82 25-32 8-39 14 25 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Anderson 3-6, Thomas 1-1, Francis 1-4, Mobley 0-3, Williams 0-2, Langhi 0-1, Norris 1-2, Bullard 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Williams). Turnovers: 10 (Anderson 2, Francis 2, Mobley 2, Williams 2, Taylor, Thomas). Steals: 5 (Francis 2, Anderson, Norris, Thomas).

UTAH (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 45 14-26 1-4 5-10 9 2 29 Marshall 48 10-18 5-6 7-21 3 3 26 Polynice 13 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 4 0 Starks 44 8-13 2-2 0-2 1 3 19 Stockton 39 7-15 3-3 0-4 7 2 18 Vaughn 24 2-5 6-6 0-1 6 3 10 Manning 21 3-8 4-6 4-6 2 3 10 D Benoit 20 1-5 0-0 1-5 2 5 2 Lewis 11 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 Ostertag DNP - suspended by team Russell DNP - sprained right ankle Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 46-92 21-27 17-51 33 29 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Marshall 1-3, Starks 1-1, Stockton 1-2, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Marshall 2, Lewis). Turnovers: 13 (Marshall 3, D Benoit 2, Malone 2, Stockton 2, Vaughn 2, Manning, Starks). Steals: 2 (Stockton, Vaughn). _________________________________________________ Houston 18 24 20 35 7 - 104 Utah 17 25 24 31 19 - 116 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 3 (Taylor, 0:26 2nd; Illegal Defense, 0:08 3rd; Francis, 2:56 OT). Utah 2 (Malone, 0:26 2nd; Illegal Defense, 9:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:30. Officials: Mike Mathis, Leroy Richardson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Donyell Marshall missed two chances to follow John Stockton's missed layup at the end of regulation. But the Utah Jazz forward got another chance in overtime and capped a career night with an emphatic dunk for a 116-104 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Marshall had season highs of 26 points and 21 rebounds as Utah recorded its fourth straight win following a season-high five-game slide. The 6-9 Marshall made 10-of-18 shots in 48 minutes. He fell two rebounds short of his career best. He pulled down 23 rebounds on February 26, 2000 when he was with Golden State in a 104-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

"I just came out to do what I could do to help this team win the game," Marshall said. "Rebounding, that's something I can do, I mean inside you know Shandon (Anderson) is not the type of guy who's going to step out and shoot a lot of jumpers. He wants to drive which kept me inside a lot and when I have the opportunity to get the boards and when you're facing what is basically a three-guard system I'm able to attack them on the offensive boards."

Karl Malone just missed his first triple-double of the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Jazz. John Starks scored 19 points and his backcourt mate, Stockton, added 18 and seven assists.

"There were really two really great efforts by Karl and Donyell, the types of numbers those guys put up were incredible, I don't know what else to say about it really," Stockton said.

Stockton nearly gave the Jazz the win in regulation when Utah inbounded to the veteran point guard with five seconds left. He drove through the lane but his layup hit the back iron with two seconds left. Marshall had two taps at the rebound but missed.

The Jazz won the tap in the extra session and never trailed. Malone hit a layup 14 seconds in and, after a turnover by Anderson, Danny Manning nailed a 19-footer to give the Jazz a 101-97 advantage with 4:19 to play.

"The first team that scores in overtime is normally the team that's going to win," Starks said. "So we stayed aggressive on both ends of the court, we held them scoreless for a minute and that's the key to overtime, what team is going to go out there and attack the basket and we did a good job of getting layups."

Steve Francis, who had 21 points and seven boards, made two free throws to pull Houston within 103-99 with 3:50 left in overtime. Malone responded with a layup 26 seconds later to trigger 9-3 surge. Marshall capped it with a layup with 1:22 to go. Matt Bullard led Houston's reserves with 11 points and had a running jumper to cut the deficit to 112-104 with 1:10 left.

Manning followed his own miss with a basket to push the margin to 114-104 with 45 seconds left. After Moochie Norris missed a 3-pointer, Stockton drove for a layup that bounced off the rim. But Marshall leaped for the rebound and threw down a two-handed dunk for the final margin.

Utah shot 50 percent (46-of-92) and held a 51-39 advantage on the boards.

Anderson, who spent three seasons with Utah before signing with Houston in September 1999, scored 26 points to lead the Rockets. Maurice Taylor and Cuttino Mobley each scored 15 points for Houston, which has lost eight straight in Utah since a 75-72 win on November 4, 1996.

Taylor fouled out with just under a minute left in the fourth, while Kenny Thomas and Francis each picked up their sixth foul in the extra session.

"It was a very good game, the kind you want to be involved in, unfortunately we just ran out of bodies," Anderson said. "Our big guys got into foul trouble and for the most part I think we were able to stay in the game and send it to overtime, but we just ran out of firepower."

Anderson made 9-of-15 shots, including a layup that tied the score at 92 with 1:31 left in the fourth. Starks, who connected on 8-of-13 attempts from the floor, sank a 3-pointer from the left sideline for a 95-92 lead with 1:19 remaining.

After a miss by Mobley, Marshall made two from the line to make it 97-92 with 58 seconds left. Francis drove for a layup 10 seconds later to pull the Rockets within 97-94. Malone missed a jumper and after getting his own rebound, failed on two attempts from the line with 25 seconds to play.

"It should never have gone to overtime, I probably should have made one of those two free throws," Malone said. "But it was a great game, it was a great game to win after a very emotional game against the Lakers and to come back and somtimes it's a tougher game. But it's kind of neat the way we finished in overtime, but like I said it probably should have never gotten there."

Thomas tied the score with a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining.

The first half featured seven ties and five lead changes. Utah's Quincy Lewis made a layup at the buzzer -- his only points -- to make it 42-42 at the break.

The Jazz took a 66-62 lead into the final period.

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