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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 27 25 20 21 93 MILWAUKEE 14 25 36 29 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 30, DONYELL MARSHALL 22, JOHN STOCKTON 14 MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 34, RAY ALLEN 18, TIM THOMAS 15

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 10, DONYELL MARSHALL 10 MIL - ANTHONY MASON 10, GLENN ROBINSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, DESHAWN STEVENSON 3 MIL - RAFER ALSTON 10, GLENN ROBINSON 5

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

UTAH (93) AT MILWAUKEE (104)

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

MALONE F 44 13-25 3-4 2 8 10 2 2 2 3 30 MARSHALL F 41 8-19 6-6 6 4 10 2 2 1 2 22 OSTERTAG C 26 4-8 4-6 5 3 8 1 1 1 2 12 LEWIS G 30 2-7 0-1 0 1 1 1 6 0 0 4 STOCKTON G 35 4-9 6-6 0 3 3 8 2 3 5 14 CROTTY 14 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 KIRILENKO 30 1-5 8-8 2 5 7 2 5 1 2 10 STEVENSON 17 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 1 PADGETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION JA COLLINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 28-33 15 26 41 21 22 8 16 93 (.427) (.848) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(28 PTS)

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

MASON F 45 4-7 0-0 4 6 10 3 2 3 2 8 ROBINSON F 40 12-24 10-11 2 7 9 5 5 2 3 34 PRZYBILLA C 7 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 ALLEN G 28 6-12 3-4 0 2 2 4 5 0 1 18 ALSTON G 39 4-11 3-4 0 3 3 10 3 5 2 14 JOHNSON 33 2-6 0-1 5 3 8 3 3 1 0 4 THOMAS 24 6-14 1-1 1 4 5 1 0 1 2 15 REDD 24 3-8 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 CAFFEY DNP - GENERAL MEDICAL CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT ABDOMINAL FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-84 20-25 15 25 40 26 21 12 11 104 (.452) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

UTAH 27 25 20 21 - 93 MILWAUKEE 14 25 36 29 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 3, THOMAS 2, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-8 (.125), MALONE 1-2, LEWIS 0-3, STOCKTON 0-1, KIRILENKO 0-2. MILWAUKEE 8-20 (.400), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 3-5, ALSTON 3-4, THOMAS 2-7, REDD 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MARSHALL, MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,717. T - 2:07.


Box Score

UTAH (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 44 13-25 3-4 2-10 2 2 30 Marshall 41 8-19 6-6 6-10 2 2 22 Ostertag 26 4-8 4-6 5-8 1 1 12 Lewis 30 2-7 0-1 0-1 1 6 4 Stockton 35 4-9 6-6 0-3 8 2 14 Crotty 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Kirilenko 30 1-5 8-8 2-7 2 5 10 Stevenson 17 0-1 1-2 0-2 3 2 1 Padgett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision Ja Collins DNP - coach's decision Starks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 28-33 15-41 21 22 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Malone 1-2, Lewis 0-3, Stockton 0-1, Kirilenko 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Ostertag). Turnovers: 17 (Stockton 5, Malone 3, Kirilenko 2, Marshall 2, Ostertag 2, Crotty, Stevenson). Steals: 8 (Stockton 3, Malone 2, Kirilenko, Marshall, Ostertag).

MILWAUKEE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 45 4-7 0-0 4-10 3 2 8 Robinson 40 12-24 10-11 2-9 5 5 34 Przybilla 7 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Allen 28 6-12 3-4 0-2 4 5 18 Alston 39 4-11 3-4 0-3 10 3 14 Johnson 33 2-6 0-1 5-8 3 3 4 Thomas 24 6-14 1-1 1-5 1 0 15 Redd 24 3-8 3-4 1-1 0 1 9 Caffey DNP - general medical Cassell DNP - strained right abdominal Foster DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 20-25 15-40 26 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 3-5, Alston 3-4, Thomas 2-7, Redd 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Johnson 3, Thomas 2, Robinson). Turnovers: 11 (Robinson 3, Alston 2, Mason 2, Thomas 2, Allen, Przybilla). Steals: 12 (Alston 5, Mason 3, Robinson 2, Johnson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Utah 27 25 20 21 - 93 Milwaukee 14 25 36 29 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Marshall, 9:22 4th). Milwaukee 2 (Defensive Three 2, 11:47 1st, 6:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 2:07. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- With the "Big Three" reduced to two, Rafer Alston stepped in and gave the Milwaukee Bucks a big boost.

Alston filled in for the injured Sam Cassell with 14 points and 10 assists as the Bucks rallied for a 104-93 victory over the Utah Jazz, sweeping the series for the second straight season.

Cassell was sidelined with an abdominal strain, leaving the Bucks without his 18.2 points and 7.5 assists per game. That forced Alston to start against John Stockton, one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

In 39 minutes, Alston made 4-of-11 shots, including three from the arc. The New York playground star also threw an elbow to the face of Stockton in the final minutes.

"I think this was the best game of my career up to this point," said Alston, a three-year veteran. "It felt real good. I'm just happy coach (George Karl) is sticking with me and giving me a chance. Hopefully, there will be lots more like this."

"His `D' on Stockton got stronger as the game went on -- and he was a big part of getting everyone to move the ball tonight," Karl said. "We're so much better when we pass the ball, and it all started with him tonight. He made big plays."

However, Alston's biggest impact came at the end of the third quarter, when he directed a 19-4 run that erased a 12-point deficit and gave Milwaukee a 75-72 lead entering the final period.

"When we pass the ball we can be a very good basketball team," Karl said. "Rafer Alston was a big part of that tonight."

Tim Thomas scored 11 of his 15 points during the run and Glenn Robinson added six.

"Tim's points in that spurt were huge," Karl said. "We need Timmy to be a little more assertive. We need him to play like that consistently."

"I hit some shots with guys' hands in my face and that got me going a little bit," Robinson added. "I got into the flow and then the game started to come to me."

Robinson scored 34 points and Ray Allen battled foul trouble to finish with 18 for the Bucks, who have beaten the Jazz five straight times. All-Stars Robinson and Allen form the "Big Three" with Cassell.

"I know guys will play off me, drift towards Ray or Glenn," Alston said. "So if I'm going to get big minutes, I need to make some shots, penetrate, pass the ball. If I do that, everything will be fine."

Karl Malone had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Donyell Marshall added 22 and 10 for the Jazz, who lost to the Bucks at home on opening night. Stockton had 14 points and eight assists.

"They hit some tough shots and stuck to their offense," Malone said. "That is what wins ballgames. You have to give them credit for not giving up."

Malone scored 13 points, Marshall added 12 and Stockton 11 in the first half, when the Jazz led by 15 points before settling for a 52-39 cushion.

A dunk by Greg Ostertag gave Utah a 68-56 lead with 3:58 left in the third quarter before Milwaukee rallied. Alston had four assists and two steals during the surge.

"My body felt great tonight, and they'd played three games in four nights," Alston said. "We felt that if we pressured the ball all night long, we could wear them down, and I think that's what happened."

"We forgot to execute at the end of the third quarter," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We quit executing and quit passing the ball. They got some life and that let them and the crowd back in the game."

The game was tied five times in the fourth quarter, the last at 89-89 on a fast-break layup by Stockton with 3:21 remaining. Robinson answered with a 22-footer and 18-footer, giving the Bucks the lead for good.

Malone hit a jumper to halve the deficit, but Allen drilled a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass as the shot clock expired, giving Milwaukee a 96-91 lead with 1:24 to go. He dunked following a turnover and Robinson made two foul shots for a 100-91 bulge with 1:03 left.

Anthony Mason grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 45 percent (38-of-84), including 8-of-20 from the arc.

Ostertag had 12 points and eight boards for the Jazz, who shot 43 percent (32-of-75) and committed 17 turnovers, leading to 28 points for the Bucks. Stockton had five turnovers.

"Rafer picked up full-court the whole game," Robinson said. "He did a great job disrupting them and keeping them out of their offense."

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