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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 20 25 20 89 UTAH 26 24 20 26 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 25, NAZR MOHAMMED 20, CHRIS CRAWFORD 13 UTH - KARL MALONE 27, DONYELL MARSHALL 24, JOHN STOCKTON 9

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - NAZR MOHAMMED 13, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 7 UTH - KARL MALONE 9, DONYELL MARSHALL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JACQUE VAUGHN 8, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 11, JOHN CROTTY 5

ATT: 17,538


Extended Box

ATLANTA (89) AT UTAH (96)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 9-20 7-8 3 4 7 3 6 2 3 25 CRAWFORD F 33 4-12 5-6 1 5 6 1 3 1 4 13 MOHAMMED C 39 7-14 6-9 6 7 13 0 3 1 1 20 DAVIS G 35 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 9 VAUGHN G 36 1-5 5-6 0 3 3 8 4 1 2 7 MOTTOLA 21 1-5 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 3 3 GLOVER 18 2-4 2-3 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 6 C BOWDLER 10 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 2 D JOHNSON 7 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 TERRY DNP - HAMSTRING INJURY

TOTALS 240 30-71 26-34 13 29 42 15 23 7 18 89 (.423) (.765) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 10-23 6-7 3 6 9 3 3 2 6 27 MARSHALL F 39 11-13 2-3 4 4 8 2 3 1 1 24 OSTERTAG C 16 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 4 LEWIS G 17 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 4 STOCKTON G 32 2-7 5-6 0 3 3 11 2 1 2 9 CROTTY 16 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 4 AMAECHI 19 2-7 4-6 3 4 7 0 3 0 2 8 STARKS 19 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 6 RUSSELL 27 2-8 3-3 1 3 4 3 3 2 2 8 KIRILENKO 16 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 2 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 20-25 12 29 41 29 25 10 15 96 (.440) (.800) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 20 25 20 - 89 UTAH 26 24 20 26 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - ABDUR-RAHIM 3, CRAWFORD 2, GLOVER, MOTTOLA, MOHAMMED. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MARSHALL 2, AMAECHI 2, MALONE 2, RUSSELL, STOCKTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 3-8 (.375), CRAWFORD 0-1, DAVIS 3-5, GLOVER 0-1, D JOHNSON 0-1. UTAH 2-8 (.250), MALONE 1-1, CROTTY 0-2, RUSSELL 1-5. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MARC DAVIS, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,538. T - 2:14.


Box Score

ATLANTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 41 9-20 7-8 3-7 3 6 25 Crawford 33 4-12 5-6 1-6 1 3 13 Mohammed 39 7-14 6-9 6-13 0 3 20 Davis 35 3-6 0-0 0-3 1 2 9 Vaughn 36 1-5 5-6 0-3 8 4 7 Mottola 21 1-5 1-2 1-4 0 3 3 Glover 18 2-4 2-3 1-2 2 0 6 C Bowdler 10 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 D Johnson 7 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Terry DNP - hamstring injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 26-34 13-42 15 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Crawford 0-1, Davis 3-5, Glover 0-1, D Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Abdur-rahim 3, Crawford 2, Glover, Mottola, Mohammed). Turnovers: 18 (Crawford 4, Abdur-rahim 3, Mottola 3, D Johnson 2, Glover 2, Vaughn 2, Davis, Mohammed). Steals: 7 (Abdur-rahim 2, Crawford, Glover, Mohammed, Mottola, Vaughn).

UTAH (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 10-23 6-7 3-9 3 3 27 Marshall 39 11-13 2-3 4-8 2 3 24 Ostertag 16 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Lewis 17 2-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 Stockton 32 2-7 5-6 0-3 11 2 9 Crotty 16 2-5 0-0 0-0 5 3 4 Amaechi 19 2-7 4-6 3-7 0 3 8 Starks 19 3-9 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 Russell 27 2-8 3-3 1-4 3 3 8 Kirilenko 16 1-5 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 Padgett DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 20-25 12-41 29 25 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Malone 1-1, Crotty 0-2, Russell 1-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 11 (Ostertag 3, Marshall 2, Amaechi 2, Malone 2, Russell, Stockton). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 6, Amaechi 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Kirilenko, Lewis, Marshall). Steals: 10 (Malone 2, Russell 2, Starks 2, Kirilenko, Marshall, Ostertag, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 20 25 20 - 89 Utah 26 24 20 26 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Malone, 2:02 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Atlanta 1 (Crawford, 5:54 2nd). A: 17,538. T: 2:14. Officials: Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, Scott Foster.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Without three starters, the Atlanta Hawks had nothing at the finish.

The injury-depleted Hawks went nearly five minutes without a basket down the stretch and suffered a 96-89 loss to the Utah Jazz, who got 27 points from Karl Malone.

The Hawks were without All-Star center Theo Ratliff and forward Toni Kukoc, both of whom are on the injured list. In addition, guard Jason Terry -- who led the team in scoring last season -- sat out with a pulled hamstring.

Nazr Mohammed, Chris Crawford and Jacque Vaughn started in their place and all contributed. Mohammed had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Crawford scored 13 points and Vaughn had seven and eight assists against his former team.

"We are a very young team and you have to expect the times when there will be a lack of experience on the floor at any given time," Crawford said. "As we gain experience, we will be able to stay with more teams like the Jazz and someday we might even sneak up on one or two of them."

"That's part of the situation that does come from the injuries, but we still have to try and finish games," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said.

But in the final minutes, the Jazz collapsed on scoring forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and forced the other Hawks to beat them. After Mohammed's tip-in gave Atlanta an 82-81 lead with 6:04 to play, it did not score again until Abdur-Rahim made a turnaround jumper with 65 seconds left.

That cut the deficit to 90-87 and Malone, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, fired a cross-court pass to rookie Andrei Kirilenko, whose jumper sealed it with 44 seconds left. It was his only basket of the game.

"Andrei has been playing since he was 12 and been a star since he was 15 in Russia," Malone said. "He better be able to handle the pressure and make that clutch shot."

Donyell Marshall scored a season-high 24 points for the Jazz, who have beaten the Hawks seven straight times. Utah (2-4) shook off its worst start since the 1982-83 season.

"It's nice to get a win," Malone said. "I've been here 16 years and a win is still great and it don't really matter who you beat or how you beat them. A win is still really good."

Abdur-Rahim scored 25 points for Atlanta, which has lost eight straight visits to Utah dating to February 13, 1993.

"Not having our regulars on the floor at the end of the game is part of the experience to be gained," Kruger said. "That's one of the things in having a positive (experience) is not having the guys that would normally be out there because of injury, then other guys are getting that experience. And yet, we would like to gain that experience and also win."

After Mohammed's tip, the teams went scoreless for two minutes before Malone made his first 3-pointer of the season, giving the Jazz the lead for good.

Bryon Russell hit two free throws and Abdur-Rahim made one. A jumper by Malone made it 88-83 with 3:03 left. Vaughn and Stockton each made a pair of foul shots before Abdur-Rahim's turnaround jumper.

Stockton had nine points and 11 assists ffor the Jazz, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84).

"It is just good to get a win," Kirilenko said. "We played so many games this week on the road. It is hard to play the back-to-back but it is nice to get a win."

Emanual Davis scored nine points for the Hawks, who shot 42 percent (30-of-71).

"We're going to be okay," said Vaughn, who left the Jazz during the offseason to sign with the Hawks. "We're starting off slow, but we showed we could hang with a team like the Jazz despite our injuries and if we just keep our cool and maintain some calm control, we are going to win some games like this one."

Marshall scored 16 points in the first half as Utah opened a 50-44 lead. Crawford scored nine in the third quarter as Atlanta cut the deficit to 70-69 entering the final period.

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