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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 25 20 21 26 92 NEW YORK 25 26 22 16 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 27, JARRON COLLINS 19, JOHN STOCKTON 15 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 29, CHARLIE WARD 14, LATRELL SPREWELL 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 16, JARRON COLLINS 9 NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 11, KURT THOMAS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - KARL MALONE 6, BRYON RUSSELL 4 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 4, MARK JACKSON 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT NEW YORK (89)

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

KIRILENKO F 21 0-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 1 MALONE F 42 10-23 6-12 3 13 16 6 3 1 6 27 JA COLLINS C 35 7-14 5-6 6 3 9 0 1 3 0 19 RUSSELL G 22 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 4 5 0 0 7 STOCKTON G 32 6-14 3-3 2 4 6 3 2 0 1 15 LARUE 16 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 3 7 STARKS 34 3-7 1-2 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 7 OSTERTAG 10 0-1 1-4 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 PADGETT 24 4-10 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 8 LEWIS 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 36-87 17-29 16 30 46 19 25 9 13 92 (.414) (.586) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 44 3-13 5-5 0 6 6 4 3 1 5 12 WEATHERSPOON F 38 1-5 2-2 2 9 11 0 4 2 3 4 THOMAS C 38 4-9 2-2 1 6 7 1 6 0 0 10 HOUSTON G 31 8-16 12-13 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 29 JACKSON G 22 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 10 WARD 26 5-10 2-2 1 0 1 2 1 2 4 14 ANDERSON 21 2-6 3-4 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 8 HARRINGTON 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 SPENCER 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 KNIGHT 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-68 28-30 6 28 34 14 28 6 18 89 (.397) (.933) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

UTAH 25 20 21 26 - 92 NEW YORK 25 26 22 16 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 2, LARUE, JA COLLINS. NEW YORK - THOMAS 3, WEATHERSPOON 3, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-11 (.273), KIRILENKO 0-1, MALONE 1-1, JA COLLINS 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2, LARUE 1-1, STARKS 0-2, PADGETT 0-2, LEWIS 0-1. NEW YORK 7-18 (.389), SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-3, JACKSON 2-3, WARD 2-6, ANDERSON 1-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, HEAD COACH SLOAN, NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, PAT FRAHER. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kirilenko 21 0-4 1-2 1-3 1 3 1 Malone 42 10-23 6-12 3-16 6 3 27 Ja Collins 35 7-14 5-6 6-9 0 1 19 Russell 22 3-7 0-0 1-2 4 5 7 Stockton 32 6-14 3-3 2-6 3 2 15 Larue 16 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 4 7 Starks 34 3-7 1-2 0-2 2 4 7 Ostertag 10 0-1 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 Padgett 24 4-10 0-0 1-4 2 2 8 Lewis 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 17-29 16-46 19 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Kirilenko 0-1, Malone 1-1, Ja Collins 0-1, Russell 1-2, Larue 1-1, Starks 0-2, Padgett 0-2, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 4 (Malone 2, Larue, Ja Collins). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 6, Larue 3, Ostertag 2, Padgett, Stockton). Steals: 9 (Ja Collins 3, Kirilenko, Larue, Lewis, Malone, Padgett, Starks).

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 44 3-13 5-5 0-6 4 3 12 Weatherspoon 38 1-5 2-2 2-11 0 4 4 Thomas 38 4-9 2-2 1-7 1 6 10 Houston 31 8-16 12-13 0-1 1 2 29 Jackson 22 3-5 2-2 0-2 4 3 10 Ward 26 5-10 2-2 1-1 2 1 14 Anderson 21 2-6 3-4 2-4 2 0 8 Harrington 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Spencer 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 Knight 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-68 28-30 6-34 14 28 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.933. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-3, Jackson 2-3, Ward 2-6, Anderson 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Thomas 3, Weatherspoon 3, Anderson). Turnovers: 18 (Sprewell 5, Ward 4, Houston 3, Weatherspoon 3, Harrington 2, Jackson). Steals: 6 (Ward 2, Weatherspoon 2, Houston, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Utah 25 20 21 26 - 92 New York 25 26 22 16 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 3 (Defensive Three 2, 8:21 2nd, 8:11 2nd; Head Coach Sloan, 2:58 3rd). New York 1 (Defensive Three, 10:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Harrington, 0:24 1st). A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Luis Grillo, Monty Mccutchen, Pat Fraher.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Double-digit leads remain hazardous for the New York Knicks.

Karl Malone had 27 points and 16 rebounds and Jarron Collins scored 19 points as the Utah Jazz rallied from an 11-point deficit for their eighth straight win over the Knicks, 92-89.

Utah led, 90-89, when New York's Allan Houston was forced to rush his potential game-winning jumper by John Starks, the man he replaced as the Knicks' shooting guard.

"That's the shot I wanted," Houston said. "That's the shot that I thought was good for me. I felt like I could elevate, get up over him."

"I know from in practice that he likes to get to his left and I was just really trying to stay in front of him and push him to his right," Starks said. "He shot the ball a little further out than I think he wanted to and I got a hand up. It made it a tough shot."

Houston's shot bounced off the back of the rim, Knicks forward Kurt Thomas committed a foul and Collins hit a pair from the line for the Jazz, who have won 14 of their last 16 against the Knicks.

Utah, which is in the midst of a nine-game road trip, recorded its third four-game winning streak of the season.

"When it really mattered down the stretch, guys stepped up and stopped guys," Malone said. "That's what is important is how you finish a ballgame and I think we really finished the game off strong."

Houston scored 29 points for the Knicks, who lost for the 11th time this season when owning a double-digit lead during the contest.

On Friday, New York lost to the Detroit Pistons, falling for the sixth time this season when leading by at least 14 points. Five of those losses have been at home.

New York's trademark defense slipped this season and the club in turn lost by three points or less for the 13th time this season, most in the NBA. It continues to be a disappointing season for the Knicks, who may see their franchise record run of 14 consecutive playoff appearances come to an end.

"They went to their go-to guy (Malone) late and he came through," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "We have to make sure our guys come through, as well. Especially when the game is tight, your intensity level has to increase. You can't have any mental lapses."

The Knicks opened up a nine point cushion with the first basket of the final quarter. Othella Harrington buried a 13-foot jumper with 11:05 left to give New York a 75-66 lead.

Houston hit the first of his two free throws with 4:56 to play, when New York still had an 85-78 advantage. But Houston had his only miss from the line in 13 attempts.

Malone gathered the rebound and converted a layup at the other end, sparking Utah's 14-4 run to close the contest.

"If we can execute our offense and guys set screens, Malone can get the ball inside and get decent shots. That's the way we've always tried to play," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Houston registered the first of six straight errant shots from the field for the Knicks. John Stockton made a pair from the line to reduce the Jazz deficit to 85-82 with 4:17 remaining.

Malone fouled Thomas, who hit two free throws to increase New York's lead to 87-82.

But Malone moved the Jazz within three again, sinking a 15-foot jumper with 3 1/2 minutes to go.

Knicks point guard Charlie Ward, who came of the bench to score 14 points, missed from 3-point range and Malone once again collected the board.

New York recorded just six offensive rebounds and struggled in the key all night, having been outscored, 48-16, in the paint.

"We're a great defensive rebounding team, but a very poor offensive rebounding team," Chaney said. "With Marcus Camby out, you're not going to get many offensive rebounds because we are small."

Malone's board led to Stockton's basket with 2:50 left that made it 87-86.

After a timeout, Latrell Sprewell missed a mid-range jumper and Clarence Weatherspoon missed a tip attempt.

The Knicks' second leading scorer with 19.4 points per game, Sprewell contributed just 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting.

"It was just tough, that's all I can say. I'm sure it's a little of everything, no one really has the answer," Sprewell said. "With about four minutes to go, we put them on the line a couple of times. We weren't making shots and that gave them an opportunity to get back into the game."

Malone put up a wayward jumper at the other end, but Collins pulled down one of Utah's 16 offensive rebounds.

Starks also missed from beyond the arc, but Scott Padgett was there for the tip-in with 1:48 to play. That put the Jazz ahead, 88-87, giving the visitors their first lead since they held a 31-29 edge with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half.

Thomas' missed jumper with 90 seconds remaining again was rebounded by Malone. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player set up long-time teammate Stockton for a layup to make it 90-87.

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