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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 24 25 15 90 UTAH 23 33 25 25 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - GLEN RICE 24, LATRELL SPREWELL 23, ALLAN HOUSTON 12 UTH - KARL MALONE 33, JOHN STARKS 16, JOHN STOCKTON 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 11, DONYELL MARSHALL 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, CHRIS CHILDS 6 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, KARL MALONE 5

ATT: 19,548


Extended Box

NEW YORK (90) AT UTAH (106)

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

L JOHNSON F 25 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 4 SPREWELL F 39 7-13 9-13 0 4 4 2 0 1 4 23 CAMBY C 30 5-8 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 1 1 10 HOUSTON G 26 5-13 2-2 0 3 3 1 6 3 3 12 WARD G 29 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 8 5 2 2 6 THOMAS 27 2-11 2-2 2 3 5 1 5 0 0 6 RICE 31 7-10 7-9 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 24 HARRINGTON 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 CHILDS 21 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 6 2 1 2 0 LONGLEY 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POSTELL 2 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 31-66 22-30 5 27 32 21 35 8 13 90 (.470) (.733) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 9-16 14-16 0 7 7 5 2 1 1 33 MARSHALL F 36 4-14 3-4 3 7 10 2 2 0 2 12 POLYNICE C 15 1-5 0-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 2 STARKS G 27 5-10 1-4 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 16 STOCKTON G 29 5-8 4-5 0 1 1 9 2 2 4 15 VAUGHN 19 0-0 6-6 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6 OSTERTAG 25 2-5 1-3 6 5 11 0 3 1 1 5 RUSSELL 31 2-9 4-4 3 4 7 2 2 2 2 9 CROTTY 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 MANNING 9 2-4 0-1 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 4 PADGETT 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 STEVENSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-73 35-47 15 30 45 23 28 6 13 106 (.425) (.745) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 24 25 15 - 90 UTAH 23 33 25 25 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - RICE 2, THOMAS 2, CAMBY 2, L JOHNSON, CHILDS. UTAH - MARSHALL 2, OSTERTAG 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-13 (.462), L JOHNSON 1-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 2-5, RICE 3-3. UTAH 9-15 (.600), MALONE 1-1, MARSHALL 1-2, STARKS 5-6, STOCKTON 1-2, RUSSELL 1-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, SPREWELL, UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, RON OLESIAK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,548. T - 1:48.


Box Score

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 25 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 6 4 Sprewell 39 7-13 9-13 0-4 2 0 23 Camby 30 5-8 0-0 1-7 0 4 10 Houston 26 5-13 2-2 0-3 1 6 12 Ward 29 2-6 0-0 2-5 8 5 6 Thomas 27 2-11 2-2 2-5 1 5 6 Rice 31 7-10 7-9 0-1 3 2 24 Harrington 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Childs 21 0-0 0-0 0-4 6 2 0 Longley 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Postell 2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-66 22-30 5-32 21 35 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (L Johnson 1-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 2-5, Rice 3-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Rice 2, Thomas 2, Camby 2, L Johnson, Childs). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Houston 3, Childs 2, Ward 2, Camby, L Johnson). Steals: 8 (Houston 3, Ward 2, Camby, Childs, Sprewell).

UTAH (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 9-16 14-16 0-7 5 2 33 Marshall 36 4-14 3-4 3-10 2 2 12 Polynice 15 1-5 0-2 2-3 0 3 2 Starks 27 5-10 1-4 0-1 2 4 16 Stockton 29 5-8 4-5 0-1 9 2 15 Vaughn 19 0-0 6-6 1-2 1 2 6 Ostertag 25 2-5 1-3 6-11 0 3 5 Russell 31 2-9 4-4 3-7 2 2 9 Crotty 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 2 2 Manning 9 2-4 0-1 0-1 1 4 4 Padgett 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Stevenson 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 35-47 15-45 23 28 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.745. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Malone 1-1, Marshall 1-2, Starks 5-6, Stockton 1-2, Russell 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Marshall 2, Ostertag 2). Turnovers: 14 (Stockton 4, Marshall 2, Russell 2, Malone, Manning, Ostertag, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 6 (Russell 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Ostertag). ____________________________________________ New York 26 24 25 15 - 90 Utah 23 33 25 25 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:12 1st, 2:31 1st; Sprewell, 11:14 2nd). Utah 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 6:32 3rd, 5:33 3rd, 5:25 3rd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 6:20 4th). A: 19,548. T: 1:48. Officials: Joe Forte, Ron Olesiak, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- John Starks never won in Utah as a member of the New York Knicks and he and Karl Malone made sure his former team remained winless at the Delta Center since January 27, 1992.

Malone scored 33 points and Starks added 16 as the Utah Jazz cruised to a 106-90 triumph, their seventh straight at home over the suddenly defenseless Knicks.

"We always say in the huddle, `Make other teams play us.' Maybe we should believe that a little bit more," Malone said. "Make other teams play us and go to our strengths and not our weaknesses or whatever and we'll be just fine. And I think tonight we were able to do that."

John Stockton had 15 points and nine assists and Donyell Marshall had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won nine of their last 12 at home overall and completed a season sweep of New York.

Starks and Malone scored 18 points apiece in an 89-58 rout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 15.

"I thought we did a good job of executing and defensively we did a good job of containing their big scorers," Starks said. "When you do that against New York, the majority of the time you're going to come out with a win."

Glen Rice scored 24 points and Latrell Sprewell added 14 before leaving with a sprained left ankle for New York, which has lost lost three of four games and has surrendered 100 points three times in its last five contests.

"Hopefully, it won't swell too much and I'll be OK," Sprewell said. "We're not playing with the type of confidence and competitiveness that we were. I think we first of all have to bring more energy to the game, more passion, more energy and just the will to want to win these games."

The Knicks established an NBA record earlier this season by keeping 33 straight opponents under 100 points.

Allan Houston scored 12 points and Larry Johnson had a miserable night trying to keep up with Malone, managing just four points before both he and Houston fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Camby had 10 points for the Knicks, who were accused of being "lifeless" by coach Jeff Van Gundy during Tuesday's 96-77 loss at Denver.

"I just don't have them focused or as motivated as I need them too," Van Gundy said. "We're not improving like we should be. This game should have gone down to the last shot. We had some offensive problems, but the biggest thing was that whenever we did get a stop, we couldn't get a rebound."

New York showed considerable life early, taking a 26-23 lead after one quarter behind 11 points from Sprewell. But the Jazz took control soon after.

Bryon Russell made two free throws, Jacque Vaughn sank another after Sprewell was slapped with a technical and Malone converted a three-point play to give the Jazz a 29-26 lead with 10:32 remaining in the second quarter.

The teams traded the lead seven times in the first half and forged 11 ties before Utah pulled away for good. Sprewell converted a three-point play to get New York within two points with less than two minutes left in the half before Stockton scored on back-to-back trips and Russell made two from the line to make it 56-48 just 33 seconds before intermission.

Starks hit a 3-pointer and fed Greg Ostertag for a dunk before Stockton's 24-footer made it 71-57 midway through the third quarter.

"John had a real good game for us, he didn't hesitate on his shot," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He had the opportunity to play well and he really knocked the bells out."

The Knicks fought back within six points entering the final period, but Starks fed Malone for a 20-footer and connected from 23 feet to open a 102-87 cushion with 2:18 to play, thwarting any hopes of a New York comeback.

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