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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 21 26 21 88 UTAH 21 26 25 23 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 24, CHRIS MIHM 15, WESLEY PERSON 15 UTH - KARL MALONE 33, DONYELL MARSHALL 17, JOHN STOCKTON 14

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, CHRIS MIHM 6 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 11, OLDEN POLYNICE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 9, ANTHONY JOHNSON 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,772


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT UTAH (95)

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

HARPRING F 30 4-10 2-4 2 2 4 2 4 0 0 10 WEATHERSPOON F 30 2-7 2-4 2 8 10 0 5 2 5 6 MIHM C 35 6-12 3-4 3 3 6 1 6 1 7 15 MILLER G 36 7-16 10-10 1 4 5 9 4 4 4 24 PERSON G 31 5-7 3-3 0 3 3 2 1 2 2 15 TRAYLOR 15 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 2 4 GATLING 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 MURRAY 18 1-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 1 2 3 A JOHNSON 12 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 BROWN 9 3-6 2-3 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 8 LANGDON 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 2 COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 24-32 10 30 40 19 31 12 24 88 (.443) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 24(30 PTS)

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

MALONE F 35 11-19 11-16 1 5 6 4 2 4 6 33 MARSHALL F 37 6-8 5-6 0 7 7 2 4 0 2 17 POLYNICE C 19 1-2 0-0 1 7 8 0 3 0 2 2 RUSSELL G 35 1-10 2-2 2 1 3 2 4 2 1 4 STOCKTON G 30 4-11 6-6 0 1 1 6 5 5 1 14 VAUGHN 18 1-4 3-6 0 1 1 5 2 1 5 5 STARKS 32 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 8 MANNING 13 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 6 OSTERTAG 20 3-4 0-0 4 7 11 1 5 2 0 6 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 27-36 10 30 40 26 28 15 18 95 (.459) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 21 26 21 - 88 UTAH 21 26 25 23 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, PERSON, TRAYLOR, BROWN, MILLER. UTAH - MARSHALL 3, OSTERTAG 2, MALONE, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-6 (.333), MILLER 0-1, PERSON 2-3, MURRAY 0-1, BROWN 0-1. UTAH 0-10 (.000), MARSHALL 0-1, RUSSELL 0-3, STOCKTON 0-3, VAUGHN 0-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON, GATLING 2 (EJECTED), UTAH - MARSHALL, MANNING 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,772. T - 2:17.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 30 4-10 2-4 2-4 2 4 10 Weatherspoon 30 2-7 2-4 2-10 0 5 6 Mihm 35 6-12 3-4 3-6 1 6 15 Miller 36 7-16 10-10 1-5 9 4 24 Person 31 5-7 3-3 0-3 2 1 15 Traylor 15 2-2 0-0 1-4 1 4 4 Gatling 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Murray 18 1-4 1-2 0-3 0 1 3 A Johnson 12 0-3 1-2 0-0 3 0 1 Brown 9 3-6 2-3 1-2 0 1 8 Langdon 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 Coles DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 24-32 10-40 19 31 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Miller 0-1, Person 2-3, Murray 0-1, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Weatherspoon 2, Person, Traylor, Brown, Miller). Turnovers: 24 (Mihm 7, Weatherspoon 5, Miller 4, Murray 2, Person 2, Traylor 2, A Johnson, Langdon). Steals: 12 (Miller 4, Person 2, Weatherspoon 2, Brown, Langdon, Mihm, Murray).

UTAH (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 35 11-19 11-16 1-6 4 2 33 Marshall 37 6-8 5-6 0-7 2 4 17 Polynice 19 1-2 0-0 1-8 0 3 2 Russell 35 1-10 2-2 2-3 2 4 4 Stockton 30 4-11 6-6 0-1 6 5 14 Vaughn 18 1-4 3-6 0-1 5 2 5 Starks 32 4-8 0-0 0-1 5 2 8 Manning 13 3-8 0-0 2-2 1 1 6 Ostertag 20 3-4 0-0 4-11 1 5 6 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 27-36 10-40 26 28 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 0-10, .000 (Marshall 0-1, Russell 0-3, Stockton 0-3, Vaughn 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Marshall 3, Ostertag 2, Malone, Polynice). Turnovers: 18 (Malone 6, Vaughn 5, Marshall 2, Polynice 2, Russell, Starks, Stockton). Steals: 15 (Stockton 5, Malone 4, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Starks, Vaughn). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 21 26 21 - 88 Utah 21 26 25 23 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 3 (Weatherspoon, 5:56 3rd; Gatling 2 (ejected), 9:33 4th, 9:07 4th). Utah 3 (Marshall, 9:27 3rd; Manning 2 (ejected), 9:33 4th, 9:07 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,772. T: 2:17. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers won here, the Utah Jazz played in the Salt Palace and Karl Malone was coming off his first All-NBA selection.

Malone scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as the Jazz held on for a 95-88 victory over the Cavaliers, who have lost 11 straight trips to Utah.

After scoring eight points in the first half, Malone exploded in the second half. The NBA's second all-time leading scorer had 15 points in the third quarter and 10 more in the final period, when he made several key baskets to repel rallies by the Cavs.

"It was a tough win for us," Malone said. "I like the way that down the stretch, through all the things that was going on, we kept our composure and and were able to get a win."

"Karl Malone is no longer a young man and he had a huge game for us," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Malone received his first All-NBA selection after the 1988-89 season and has earned 10 more since the Jazz's home loss to the Cavs on December 11, 1989 in the Salt Palace. The Delta Center opened two years later and Cleveland still has not won here.

Donyell Marshall scored 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a three-game losing streak to stay in the hunt for the Midwest Division title and best record in the Western Conference. Utah (48-24) is within three games of San Antonio in both races.

"I don't know what other people are thinking, but I don't think this thing is over with," Malone said. "I think if we just take our time, we'll be fine."

Andre Miller had 24 points and nine assists for Cleveland, which dropped its ninth straight road game.

Despite Malone's big third quarter, the Cavs still were within 72-69 when Robert Traylor opened the final period with a basket. But Malone made sure they got no closer.

His jumper with 9:18 to go extended the lead to 77-70. A pair of turnovers by Cavs forward Lamond Murray slowed the rally and Malone had a fadeaway jumper to make it 90-83 with 3:09 left.

"You've got to convert 3-on-1s, 2-on-1 situations and we threw them both away," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "Those are things against a good team on the road that you cannot do."

A layup by Chucky Brown made it 93-88 with 47 seconds remaining but Malone answered with a layup to seal it.

John Stockton scored 14 points and Greg Ostertag pulled down 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 46 percent (34-of-74) but missed all 10 of their 3-pointers.

Utah started Bryon Russell in place of John Starks at shooting guard. Russell was 1-of-10 for four points and Starks was 4-of-8 for eight points.

"Bryon and John have both been struggling," Sloan said. "I thought it was an opportunity to flip-flop them to see if we could get something out of them. I was really pleased that John came off the bench and seemed to be much more alive."

Wesley Person and rookie Chris Mihm scored 15 points each for the Cavs, who shot 44 percent (31-of-70) but committed 24 turnovers that led to 30 points for the Jazz.

With just over nine minutes left, forwards Chris Gatling of Cleveland and Danny Manning of Utah were ejected following a shoving match.

"If you're going to give me a shot, you can expect a shot back," Gatling said.

The Jazz took the lead for good at 37-35 on a dunk by Marshall with 5:01 left in the second quarter. But Utah was playing its fourth game in five nights and never could shake Cleveland.

A free throw by Malone put the Cavs in a 64-52 hole with 5:56 to go in the third period but Person had two 3-pointers in a 15-8 surge that closed the quarter and pulled Cleveland within 72-67.

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