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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 21 24 26 97 DENVER 13 23 22 33 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 30, DONYELL MARSHALL 13, BRYON RUSSELL 13 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 21, ANTONIO MCDYESS 18, GEORGE MCCLOUD 17

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, DONYELL MARSHALL 8 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, KEVIN WILLIS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 11, JACQUE VAUGHN 9 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, GEORGE MCCLOUD 4

ATT: 18,066


Extended Box

UTAH (97) AT DENVER (91)

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

MALONE F 36 10-18 10-14 0 5 5 3 1 0 1 30 MARSHALL F 34 5-8 2-2 1 7 8 4 1 1 0 13 POLYNICE C 14 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 STARKS G 27 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 4 0 8 STOCKTON G 31 2-10 2-6 2 7 9 11 3 1 2 6 VAUGHN 17 3-3 0-0 0 2 2 9 1 1 3 6 OSTERTAG 25 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 8 RUSSELL 31 3-8 6-9 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 13 MANNING 20 3-6 1-2 3 4 7 1 3 2 2 7 CROTTY 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 23-35 6 30 36 31 22 11 8 97 (.493) (.657) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8(7 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 44 9-14 0-0 5 8 13 3 3 1 4 18 POSEY F 24 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 0 WILLIS C 31 3-7 0-0 3 8 11 1 5 0 1 6 LENARD G 33 4-13 3-4 1 2 3 0 5 1 3 13 VAN EXEL G 38 8-19 2-2 2 5 7 8 2 1 0 21 MCCLOUD 31 4-12 8-8 0 1 1 4 4 0 3 17 PACK 10 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 STRICKLAND 21 0-3 6-8 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 6 BOWEN 8 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOLDWIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAFRENTZ DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-83 19-22 14 28 42 23 29 3 13 91 (.398) (.864) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

UTAH 26 21 24 26 - 97 DENVER 13 23 22 33 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, STARKS, MANNING, STOCKTON. DENVER - MCDYESS 7, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-8 (.250), MARSHALL 1-2, STOCKTON 0-1, RUSSELL 1-5. DENVER 6-29 (.207), POSEY 0-4, LENARD 2-8, VAN EXEL 3-11, MCCLOUD 1-5, BOWEN 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, SCOTT FOSTER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,066. T - 2:14.


Box Score

UTAH (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 10-18 10-14 0-5 3 1 30 Marshall 34 5-8 2-2 1-8 4 1 13 Polynice 14 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 6 Starks 27 4-10 0-0 0-1 3 4 8 Stockton 31 2-10 2-6 2-9 11 3 6 Vaughn 17 3-3 0-0 0-2 9 1 6 Ostertag 25 3-4 2-2 0-1 0 3 8 Russell 31 3-8 6-9 0-2 0 2 13 Manning 20 3-6 1-2 3-7 1 3 7 Crotty 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 23-35 6-36 31 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.657. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Marshall 1-2, Stockton 0-1, Russell 1-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 2, Starks, Manning, Stockton). Turnovers: 8 (Vaughn 3, Manning 2, Stockton 2, Malone). Steals: 11 (Starks 4, Manning 2, Russell 2, Marshall, Stockton, Vaughn).

DENVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 44 9-14 0-0 5-13 3 3 18 Posey 24 0-5 0-0 1-2 2 3 0 Willis 31 3-7 0-0 3-11 1 5 6 Lenard 33 4-13 3-4 1-3 0 5 13 Van Exel 38 8-19 2-2 2-7 8 2 21 Mccloud 31 4-12 8-8 0-1 4 4 17 Pack 10 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 Strickland 21 0-3 6-8 2-5 2 4 6 Bowen 8 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Goldwire DNP - coach's decision Lafrentz DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 19-22 14-42 23 29 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 6-29, .207 (Posey 0-4, Lenard 2-8, Van Exel 3-11, Mccloud 1-5, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcdyess 7, Strickland). Turnovers: 13 (Mcdyess 4, Lenard 3, Mccloud 3, Posey, Strickland, Willis). Steals: 3 (Lenard, Mcdyess, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 21 24 26 - 97 Denver 13 23 22 33 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Malone, 3:06 1st; Illegal Defense, 2:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,066. T: 2:14. Officials: Ron Garretson, Scott Foster, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel did not want the Denver Nuggets' nine-game home winning streak to end, but the feisty point guard was in no condition to stop the Utah Jazz.

Van Exel played despite an injured right foot, but Karl Malone scored 30 points to lift the Jazz to a 97-91 victory, handing Denver its first loss at the Pepsi Center since last year.

After suffering a torn tendon in his right foot during Saturday's 102-100 victory over Dallas, Van Exel was not expected to play on Monday. But the 6-1, 190-pounder came out for pregame warmups and decided to make a go of it.

"He had an MRI and then came in today and did some things," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "He got taped before the game and said he wanted to try it. I talked to the team doctor and he said that Nick couldn't hurt it anymore. It was just a matter of whether he could withstand the pain. I thought it was a pretty gutsy performance."

John Stockton hit a 17-footer to snap a 4-4 tie, sparking an 11-0 run that Donyell Marshall capped with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz ahead for good, 15-4, with 6:47 left in the first quarter.

Malone scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the opening 12 minutes as Utah built a 26-13 advantage before coasting to its ninth win in 11 games and second in five days over the Nuggets.

"We got off to a real good start and kept up the pressure on the whole game," Malone said. "They've been the hottest team in the last month. They're definitely a running team. Tonight we ran the ball when we had the opportunity."

The Jazz outscored the Nuggets, 26-23, on the break.

Utah pulled out an improbable 98-96 home win over Denver on Thursday when the Nuggets called a timeout they did not have with 1.3 seconds to play. Van Exel argued the call vehemently and was hit with a technical, perhaps raising his desire to play in Monday's rematch.

Although he was clearly hobbled, Van Exel scored 21 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 38 solid minutes. But the Nuggets were unable to increase their league-leading home win total to 21.

Denver had not lost here since a 94-93 setback to Toronto on December 28.

Marshall and Bryon Russell scored 13 points apiece for the Jazz, who were playing their first road game since January 5. Utah was 6-2 on a team-record eight-game homestand.

Stockton had six points, nine rebounds and 11 assists for the Jazz, who shot 49 percent (36-of-73) and committed just eight turnovers.

Antonio McDyess had 18 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots and George McCloud scored 17 points for Denver, which shot just under 40 percent (33-of-83) and held a 42-36 rebounding advantage.

After his big first quarter, Malone was held scoreless and shotless in the second period. But Russell and Danny Manning combined for 13 points as the Jazz held on to a 47-36 halftime lead.

"The Mailman" came back with a vengeance in the third quarter, scoring 12 points as the Jazz opened a 71-58 bulge entering the final 12 minutes.

"I thought the win here was quite an accomplishment," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I'm glad Nick was able to play. That's good for Denver and he had a great game. Karl hit his shots today. When he misses, people are ready to throw gravel on him and cover him up."

Trying in vain to shoot the Nuggets back into contention, Van Exel misfired on 8-of-11 3-pointers and Denver made just six of a season-high 29 attempts from beyond the arc.

Van Exel's eight-footer in the lane with 2:27 to play got the Nuggets within 89-80. But Marshall answered with a 20-footer, stretching the margin to 11 with 93 seconds remaining.

"It just shows his effort and leadership," McCloud said of Van Exel's decision to play. "He's dealing with a lot of pain. I was definitely surprised to see him out there."

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