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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 25 24 17 17 83 UTAH 31 20 27 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 19, MIKE BIBBY 17, MICHAEL DICKERSON 17 UTH - KARL MALONE 21, DONYELL MARSHALL 19, OLDEN POLYNICE 15

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 6, TONY MASSENBURG 6 UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 6, DAMON JONES 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,452


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (83) AT UTAH (101)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 8-15 3-4 3 3 6 3 5 1 4 19 LONG F 33 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 5 1 2 REEVES C 18 3-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 BIBBY G 35 7-12 2-3 0 1 1 6 0 0 3 17 DICKERSON G 39 7-19 2-2 3 0 3 3 2 2 2 17 MASSENBURG 27 3-8 2-3 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 8 M ABDUL-RAUF 15 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 8 STRICKLAND 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 SWIFT 18 1-7 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 2 1 2 JONES 12 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 0 2 2 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 13-16 12 14 26 21 17 12 15 83 (.447) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(25 PTS)

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

MALONE F 30 8-11 4-4 2 5 7 5 2 2 3 21 MARSHALL F 38 7-12 5-6 0 8 8 0 3 5 1 19 POLYNICE C 24 7-9 1-2 6 1 7 1 1 1 2 15 STARKS G 34 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 4 STOCKTON G 24 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 8 2 0 4 7 VAUGHN 22 3-5 1-1 0 1 1 5 1 0 3 7 RUSSELL 21 2-6 3-4 0 3 3 2 4 1 1 9 MANNING 16 4-5 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 CROTTY 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 OSTERTAG 18 3-4 0-0 2 5 7 0 1 0 1 6 PADGETT 3 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 STEVENSON 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 41-71 15-19 12 28 40 29 19 9 17 101 (.577) (.789) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

VANCOUVER 25 24 17 17 - 83 UTAH 31 20 27 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - LONG 3, DICKERSON. UTAH - OSTERTAG 5, MALONE, MARSHALL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 2-12 (.167), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-2, BIBBY 1-4, DICKERSON 1-5, JONES 0-1. UTAH 4-8 (.500), MALONE 1-1, MARSHALL 0-1, STOCKTON 1-1, VAUGHN 0-2, RUSSELL 2-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ASSISTANT COACH S ROTH, UTAH - OSTERTAG. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,452. T - 2:02.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 37 8-15 3-4 3-6 3 5 19 Long 33 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 2 Reeves 18 3-3 2-2 1-1 1 1 8 Bibby 35 7-12 2-3 0-1 6 0 17 Dickerson 39 7-19 2-2 3-3 3 2 17 Massenburg 27 3-8 2-3 2-6 0 2 8 M Abdul-rauf 15 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 8 Strickland 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 1 0 Swift 18 1-7 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Jones 12 0-2 2-2 0-2 4 1 2 Austin DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 13-16 12-26 21 17 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (S Abdur-rahim 0-2, Bibby 1-4, Dickerson 1-5, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Long 3, Dickerson). Turnovers: 16 (S Abdur-rahim 4, Bibby 3, Dickerson 2, Jones 2, Long, M Abdul-rauf, Reeves, Swift). Steals: 12 (Long 5, Dickerson 2, Swift 2, Reeves, S Abdur-rahim, Strickland).

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 30 8-11 4-4 2-7 5 2 21 Marshall 38 7-12 5-6 0-8 0 3 19 Polynice 24 7-9 1-2 6-7 1 1 15 Starks 34 2-8 0-0 0-1 4 3 4 Stockton 24 3-7 0-0 1-2 8 2 7 Vaughn 22 3-5 1-1 0-1 5 1 7 Russell 21 2-6 3-4 0-3 2 4 9 Manning 16 4-5 1-2 0-1 3 2 9 Crotty 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Ostertag 18 3-4 0-0 2-7 0 1 6 Padgett 3 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Stevenson 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-71 15-19 12-40 29 19 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Malone 1-1, Marshall 0-1, Stockton 1-1, Vaughn 0-2, Russell 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 5, Malone, Marshall). Turnovers: 17 (Stockton 4, Malone 3, Vaughn 3, Polynice 2, Crotty, Marshall, Ostertag, Padgett, Russell). Steals: 9 (Marshall 5, Malone 2, Polynice, Russell). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 25 24 17 17 - 83 Utah 31 20 27 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Assistant Coach S Roth, 8:41 2nd). Utah 1 (Ostertag, 9:36 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,452. T: 2:02. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Sporting the best record in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz plan on keeping it for a while.

Karl Malone scored 21 points and the Jazz used a strong second half to cruise to their eighth win in nine games, a 101-83 triumph over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Playing its best basketball of the season, Utah also is in its easiest stretch of the season. It began with Monday's 99-82 home win over Atlanta and continued Wednesday against Vancouver, which fell to 1-11 all-time at the Delta Center.

On Friday, the Jazz begin a three-game road trip with stops in Atlanta, Boston and Washington, all losing teams. They return home to face Seattle on March 7.

"Every guy on this team, especially the veteran guys, have been there before, and we know that if you get to looking too far ahead, you end up getting caught," Jazz guard John Starks said. "So we just stay focused on one game at a time. We're not going to let down; we know where we're at as a team."

Donyell Marshall added 19 points for the Jazz, who shot 58 percent (41-of-71) and improved to 39-17, six percentage points better than Portland. There are five teams within two losses of the top spot in the West and Utah can create some separation over the next two weeks.

"All the games at this point are crucial," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "Every game's going to count and as you can see in the West, two games can make you the leader in the West or not even having the home-court advantage (in the first round), so we need to have our concentration throughout."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-21 all-time against the Jazz. Vancouver has lost five in a row since a franchise-record five-game winning streak.

The teams traded 6-0 runs to start the second half, leaving the Jazz with a 57-55 lead. Utah rattled off eight straight points as a layup by Stockton, who had eight assists, widened the advantage to 65-55 with 6:09 left in the third quarter.

Mike Bibby answered with two hoops, but the Jazz went on a 9-2 surge. Olden Polynice's basket made it 74-61 with 2:53 left.

"I think in the second half we came out and didn't execute the way we should have," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "We took some bad shots, and bad shot selection against this ballclub, you can't do that."

Vancouver trailed 78-66 after three quarters and never got any closer as Utah scored seven of the first nine points of the final period. A tip-in by Greg Ostertag gave the Jazz an 85-68 bulge with 8:35 to play.

Polynice scored a season-high 15 points for the Jazz, who had four players with seven rebounds or more and held a 40-26 edge on the glass. Polynice was 1-of-2 from the line, improving to 11-of-43 this season.

"Y'all are acting like I just started playing this game," said Polynice, a 14-year veteran. "I just try to stay within my role on this team, but if you go back a few years, I was able to put the ball in the basket for a few teams."

"He's played a lot better," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan added. "He's played a lot harder. I think he's trying a lot harder defensively and when that happens it creates opportunities for you. I'm happy that both he ahd Greg seem to be doing a good job for us."

Bibby and Michael Dickerson scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and surrendered 25 points off turnovers.

"I told the guys in the pregame (talk) to take care of the basketball and (we) came out in the first quarter and had seven turnovers," Lowe said.

Malone and Marshall scored 12 points apiece in the first half as Utah grabbed a 51-49 lead. Dickerson kept Vancouver close with 13 points.

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