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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 20 17 28 15 80 PHOENIX 24 25 23 18 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 22, DONYELL MARSHALL 21, OLDEN POLYNICE 10 PHO - SHAWN MARION 24, TONY DELK 16, CLIFF ROBINSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 15, KARL MALONE 10 PHO - SHAWN MARION 14, IAKOVOS TSAKALIDIS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHO - JASON KIDD 12, SHAWN MARION 3

ATT: 18,846


Extended Box

UTAH (80) AT PHOENIX (90)

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

MALONE F 39 8-29 6-10 0 10 10 3 4 2 3 22 MARSHALL F 43 7-15 7-8 5 10 15 3 4 2 4 21 POLYNICE C 24 5-10 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 10 STARKS G 32 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 3 1 8 STOCKTON G 29 2-5 3-5 0 1 1 10 3 2 4 7 VAUGHN 19 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 4 RUSSELL 27 2-7 2-2 2 3 5 0 4 2 1 6 MANNING 11 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 OSTERTAG 14 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 PADGETT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-81 20-27 10 31 41 20 23 11 16 80 (.370) (.741) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

MARION F 43 10-21 4-5 4 10 14 3 3 3 2 24 ROBINSON F 29 3-9 7-9 0 1 1 1 5 3 4 14 TSAKALIDIS C 32 4-7 1-4 5 5 10 0 3 1 2 9 ELIE G 12 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 2 KIDD G 42 2-8 5-6 2 6 8 12 3 3 6 9 ROGERS 22 3-12 1-1 2 2 4 2 4 3 1 7 T DELK 28 6-10 3-4 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 16 V DEL NEGRO 16 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 4 GUGLIOTTA 15 1-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 3 DUDLEY 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 26-35 15 33 48 21 24 13 18 90 (.397) (.743) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(14 PTS)

UTAH 20 17 28 15 - 80 PHOENIX 24 25 23 18 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, RUSSELL 2, STOCKTON 2, MALONE, MARSHALL, POLYNICE. PHOENIX - MARION 2, TSAKALIDIS 2, ROGERS, KIDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 0-5 (.000), MARSHALL 0-2, STARKS 0-1, STOCKTON 0-2. PHOENIX 2-7 (.286), ROBINSON 1-3, ELIE 0-1, KIDD 0-1, ROGERS 0-1, T DELK 1-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, MALONE, PHOENIX - KIDD. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, ED F RUSH, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,846. T - 2:31.


Box Score

UTAH (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 8-29 6-10 0-10 3 4 22 Marshall 43 7-15 7-8 5-15 3 4 21 Polynice 24 5-10 0-0 3-6 0 1 10 Starks 32 4-9 0-0 0-0 1 4 8 Stockton 29 2-5 3-5 0-1 10 3 7 Vaughn 19 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Russell 27 2-7 2-2 2-5 0 4 6 Manning 11 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Ostertag 14 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 1 2 Padgett 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 20-27 10-41 20 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Marshall 0-2, Starks 0-1, Stockton 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 11 (Ostertag 4, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Marshall, Polynice). Turnovers: 16 (Marshall 4, Stockton 4, Malone 3, Manning 2, Russell, Starks, Vaughn). Steals: 11 (Starks 3, Malone 2, Marshall 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2).

PHOENIX (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 43 10-21 4-5 4-14 3 3 24 Robinson 29 3-9 7-9 0-1 1 5 14 Tsakalidis 32 4-7 1-4 5-10 0 3 9 Elie 12 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Kidd 42 2-8 5-6 2-8 12 3 9 Rogers 22 3-12 1-1 2-4 2 4 7 T Delk 28 6-10 3-4 1-3 1 2 16 V Del Negro 16 1-2 2-2 0-2 2 1 4 Gugliotta 15 1-7 1-2 1-2 0 2 3 Dudley 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Perry DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 26-35 15-48 21 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Robinson 1-3, Elie 0-1, Kidd 0-1, Rogers 0-1, T Delk 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Marion 2, Tsakalidis 2, Rogers, Kidd). Turnovers: 18 (Kidd 6, Robinson 4, Gugliotta 2, Marion 2, Tsakalidis 2, Rogers, V Del Negro). Steals: 13 (Kidd 3, Marion 3, Robinson 3, Rogers 3, Tsakalidis). ____________________________________________ Utah 20 17 28 15 - 80 Phoenix 24 25 23 18 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Head Coach Sloan, 2:03 2nd; Malone, 0:09 2nd). Phoenix 1 (Kidd, 7:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,846. T: 2:31. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ed F Rush, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Before Shawn Marion took a terrible tumble, he made sure the Utah Jazz went down, too.

Marion collected 24 points and 14 rebounds before taking a scary fall on his head and right shoulder in the final minute as the surging Phoenix Suns ended the Jazz's seven-game road winning streak, 90-80.

Marion was everywhere in the fourth quarter, keeping alive loose balls, contesting shots and grabbing key rebounds. The 6-8 jumping jack was too quick and athletic for the Jazz, especially down the stretch.

"Marion was terrific," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He did the things that win basketball games for you -- he got his hands on balls and made a couple of steals."

With the Suns holding an 86-80 lead and less than a minute left, Utah's John Stockton missed a 3-pointer and Marion soared for the board. The second-year forward was unintentionally undercut by Jazz guard John Starks, flipped sideways and landed with a thud, hitting his head while his shoulder took most of the blow.

"I was backing up to block him out," Starks said. "I got caught underneath his leg. I tried to catch him. I just couldn't catch him and he just came down hard."

"When you see a player in jeopardy, when he has no control of coming down -- and Shawn jumps so high -- it is a frightening scene, especially the way he hit his head on the floor," Suns guard Jason Kidd said.

Marion lay on the court, occasionally moving his arms. Suns trainers kept his head stationary as a precaution and he was placed on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with a concussion but preliminary X-rays showed no fractures in his skull, shoulder or wrist before he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for an MRI and a CT scan, which revealed a Grade III concussion and a sprained right wrist.

"He is still a little hazy and he was unconscious for a few minutes while we were bringing the stretcher out," Suns team physician Dr. Tom Carter said. "The pain is centered around his head and he has some discomfort in his wrist. It does not look like he has a fracture. He hit his shoulder but is not complaining of any discomfort in that area at this time."

"It looked really, really bad," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "When I got out there, he was in and out of consciousness. Doc got him to say a couple words and it looked like he was going to be OK."

The Suns improved to 6-1 since the All-Star break and Marion is a big reason why. During that stretch, he is averaging 24.3 points and 13.1 rebounds, leading Phoenix on the glass in each game. However, he will remain in the hospital overnight for observation and miss approximately one week.

"There are different stages of concussions," Carter said. "With the one he has, we will keep a close eye on him for a week to 10 days."

Tony Delk scored 16 points off the bench and Kidd handed out 12 assists for the Suns, who ended a five-game losing streak against the Jazz. Phoenix beat Utah for the first time since March 26, 1999.

Karl Malone scored 22 points on just 8-of-29 shooting for the Jazz, who lost on the road for the first time since January 5 at Denver. Utah shot just 37 percent (30-of-81).

"I had the ball in my hands a lot down the stretch adn I missed wide-open shots," Malone said. "It's a game that I look at and say, `I could've played better,' but it's one of those things that you just deal with and go on."

Despite the poor shooting, Utah was within 78-72 midway through the final period and forced a missed shot. But Marion kept alive the rebound, tipping it to Kidd, who whipped a pass to rookie center Jake Tsakalidis for a dunk with 5:32 left.

Jumpers by Donyell Marshall and Malone halved the deficit, but Marion grabbed an offensive rebound, setting up a bank shot by Rodney Rogers that gave Phoenix an 82-76 lead. Kidd stole an outlet pass and fed Marion for a dunk and an eight-point bulge with 2:41 remaining.

"The (play) calls don't happen to be for Shawn, they just end up in his hands," Kidd said. "If he's not getting an offensive rebound or keeping the ball alive, he's doing something else. He's got a knack for the ball. He has a lot of energy and young legs."

The Jazz rallied one more time, closing to 84-80 on a jumper by Starks with 1:34 to play. Marion answered with a follow shot before taking his tumble at the other end.

Chris Dudley, a notoriously poor foul shooter who had made just 10-of-26 from the line this season, was summoned by Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to shoot Marion's free throws. Nursing a sore back, Dudley nevertheless made both to seal the win.

"Duds hasn't done anything except swim for well over a week," Skiles said. "He hasn't been on the floor at all. To be in that kind of position and step up and make those free throws is unbelievable."

Cliff Robinson scored 14 points and Tsakalidis added nine and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who shot under 40 percent (31-of-78) but have held seven of their last 10 foes to 85 points or less.

Marshall had 21 points and 15 boards for the Jazz, who lost the lead for good late in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 14 points.

Marion had something to do with that as well. His three-point play gave Phoenix the lead for good at 21-18 with 1:31 remaining in the first quarter. He and Delk each added seven points in the second period, when Kidd's basket at the 3:04 mark gave the Suns their largest lead at 45-31.

Phoenix still held a 51-39 lead early in the third period before Utah rattled off eight straight points to get back in it. Bryon Russell's jumper cut the deficit to 68-65 with 1:36 remaining in the quarter before Marion dunked and Kidd made two free throws to give the Suns a seven-point bulge entering the final period.

"We've done a real good job at weathering team's storms," said Robinson. "They came out in the third quarter and were real aggressive. We did a good job of weathering it tonight."

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