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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 23 23 23 20 89 UTAH 31 27 20 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 16, EDDIE JONES 12, BRIAN GRANT 12 UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 20, KARL MALONE 19, JARRON COLLINS 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - VLADIMIR STEPANIA 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 5, ANDREI KIRILENKO 4

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 5, JIMMY JACKSON 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,808


Extended Box

MIAMI (89) AT UTAH (101)

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

GILL F 27 3-9 2-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 8 GRANT F 27 5-8 2-2 3 2 5 0 6 1 2 12 ELLIS C 27 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 1 6 0 1 7 JONES G 25 3-16 4-4 2 3 5 2 4 1 1 12 STRICKLAND G 31 5-8 6-6 2 2 4 5 1 0 2 16 JACKSON 41 4-11 0-1 2 2 4 3 5 2 3 9 STEPANIA 21 1-4 3-4 5 4 9 1 6 3 3 5 HOUSE 17 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 9 GATLING 22 5-5 1-2 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 11 JAMES 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ALLEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOURNING DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 33-80 18-21 17 20 37 16 33 8 16 89 (.413) (.857) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

KIRILENKO F 38 2-5 9-11 0 4 4 1 1 3 1 13 MALONE F 33 8-15 3-4 0 2 2 1 5 0 5 19 JA COLLINS C 34 3-6 12-13 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 18 RUSSELL G 37 5-9 7-9 0 3 3 3 3 3 1 20 STOCKTON G 31 6-8 2-2 1 4 5 9 2 0 0 14 STEVENSON 17 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 3 1 1 2 5 LEWIS 21 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 PADGETT 29 3-5 2-3 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 10 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION OSTERTAG DNP - COACH'S DECISION STARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-55 36-44 3 19 22 19 20 8 14 101 (.545) (.818) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(10 PTS)

MIAMI 23 23 23 20 - 89 UTAH 31 27 20 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - STRICKLAND, ELLIS, STEPANIA, GRANT. UTAH - KIRILENKO 3, STEVENSON, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-16 (.313), ELLIS 1-2, JONES 2-6, JACKSON 1-1, HOUSE 1-6, JAMES 0-1. UTAH 5-7 (.714), RUSSELL 3-4, PADGETT 2-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY, UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, SCOTT WALL, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,808. T - 2:16.


Box Score

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 27 3-9 2-2 0-0 2 3 8 Grant 27 5-8 2-2 3-5 0 6 12 Ellis 27 3-9 0-0 1-4 1 6 7 Jones 25 3-16 4-4 2-5 2 4 12 Strickland 31 5-8 6-6 2-4 5 1 16 Jackson 41 4-11 0-1 2-4 3 5 9 Stepania 21 1-4 3-4 5-9 1 6 5 House 17 4-9 0-0 0-2 1 1 9 Gatling 22 5-5 1-2 2-4 1 1 11 James 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Allen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mourning DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 18-21 17-37 16 33 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Ellis 1-2, Jones 2-6, Jackson 1-1, House 1-6, James 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Strickland, Ellis, Stepania, Grant). Turnovers: 17 (Jackson 3, Stepania 3, Gatling 2, Grant 2, House 2, Strickland 2, Ellis, Jones). Steals: 8 (Stepania 3, Jackson 2, Gatling, Grant, Jones).

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kirilenko 38 2-5 9-11 0-4 1 1 13 Malone 33 8-15 3-4 0-2 1 5 19 Ja Collins 34 3-6 12-13 1-3 0 5 18 Russell 37 5-9 7-9 0-3 3 3 20 Stockton 31 6-8 2-2 1-5 9 2 14 Stevenson 17 2-4 1-2 0-3 3 1 5 Lewis 21 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Padgett 29 3-5 2-3 1-2 1 2 10 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision Ostertag DNP - coach's decision Starks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-55 36-44 3-22 19 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.545, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (Russell 3-4, Padgett 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Kirilenko 3, Stevenson, Lewis). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 5, Ja Collins 2, Lewis 2, Stevenson 2, Kirilenko, Padgett, Russell). Steals: 8 (Kirilenko 3, Russell 3, Padgett, Stevenson). ____________________________________________ Miami 23 23 23 20 - 89 Utah 31 27 20 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Head Coach Riley, 12:00 4th). Utah 1 (Defensive Three, 10:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,808. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Spooner, Scott Wall, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning sat out with the flu and took the Miami Heat's defense with him.

Bryon Russell scored a season-high 20 points to lead a balanced attack as the hot-shooting Utah Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak and cooled off the Heat with a 101-89 victory.

Miami had not allowed 100 points in its last eight games, winning seven. But that was with Mourning, a member of two NBA All-Defensive teams. Without him, the Heat allowed the Jazz to shoot 71 percent (10-of-14) from the field in the first quarter en route to a wire-to-wire win.

"We didn't have a shot blocker down there tonight," Miami forward Brian Grant said. "They just kept driving it in there. A lot of those layups they were getting, Zo would have been putting them out of there. Still, I don't excuse the fact that the weak side has to step up and help."

Karl Malone added 19 points and rookie Jarron Collins had 18 for Utah, which used just eight players but raced to a 7-0 lead and never looked back.

"We got off to a good start and set the tempo and set the tone early," said Collins, who made 12-of-13 free throws. "I was able to contribute to my teammates offensively and defensively. The 15-foot jump shot was there for me tonight and they were backing off of me."

Rod Strickland had 16 points and five assists to lead Miami and Eddie Jones and Grant scored 12 points apiece. Grant, LaPhonso Ellis and Vladimir Stepania all fouled out for the Heat, who could not avenge an embarrassing 95-56 home loss on December 18.

"I had my best players on the bench in foul trouble," Riley said. "I had Eddie Jones on the bench in the first half in foul trouble. He can't play. I had Brian Grant, he's in foul trouble. We had LaPhonso Ellis in foul trouble. We were lucky to be in the game. I thought it was a ridiculous game."

Russell, who scored 19 points against Boston on December 26, drilled a 14-foot jumper from the right side 30 seconds into the game to put Utah ahead for good.

Rookie Andrei Kirilenko followed a basket by John Stockton with a three-point play for a 7-0 lead.

A layup by Jim Jackson got the Heat within 13-10 with 7:22 to go in the first quarter, but Russell made a free throw and DeShawn Stevenson scored to restore Utah's seven-point cushion. A 3-pointer by Scott Padgett closed the period and gave the Jazz a 31-23 cushion.

"I think it all started with the guys starting the game," said Padgett, who had 10 points off the bench. "They got out there, they executed, they got some stops, got a nice run to start off the game. Those guys got us going and it carried over to everyone else."

A 3-pointer by Eddie House lifted Miami within 35-31 just under two minutes into the second quarter, but the Jazz answered with a 13-0 run. Padgett and Russell nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and Russell hit another from behind the arc for a 48-31 lead with 6:16 to go before halftime.

Jones had 10 points in the third quarter as Miami sliced the margin to 78-69. Twice in the final period, the Heat closed within five points, the last time at 86-81 on a long jumper by House with 6:46 remaining. But they made just one basket over the next three minutes as Utah opened some breathing room.

Miami shot just 41 percent (33-of-80) but had a 37-22 rebounding advantage, including a whopping 17-3 edge on the offensive glass.

"One thing that really concerns me is the fact that we gave up 17 offensive rebounds and we had three," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "That is the thing that is a huge concern because there is a place for you to make a living out there if you go after basketballs. They won't come to you."

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