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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 20 15 18 17 70 UTAH 33 18 29 34 114 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - RODNEY BUFORD 15, SHANE BATTIER 12, WILL SOLOMON 11 UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 20, BRYON RUSSELL 13, SCOTT PADGETT 13

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 7, SHANE BATTIER 7, PAU GASOL 7 UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 10, JARRON COLLINS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - EDDIE GILL 3, SHANE BATTIER 2, THREE PLAYERS WITH 1 UTH - RUSTY LARUE 12, KARL MALONE 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 17,751


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (70) AT UTAH (114)

MEMPHIS

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

S BATTIER F 34 5-16 2-2 4 3 7 2 2 3 5 12 P GASOL F 30 2-11 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 4 5 L WRIGHT C 27 3-9 0-1 4 3 7 1 5 0 4 6 E GILL G 33 2-8 1-2 1 2 3 3 4 1 4 5 R BUFORD G 35 6-12 3-4 3 2 5 1 2 0 2 15 W SOLOMON 29 3-10 5-9 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 11 T MASSENBURG 22 0-2 7-10 3 2 5 1 4 2 1 7 S SWIFT 22 1-3 5-6 3 3 6 0 1 1 1 7 A FOTSIS 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 G LONG DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT GROIN B KNIGHT DNP - THIGH CRAMPS J WILLIAMS DNP - SORE TOES

TOTALS 240 23-73 24-36 20 21 41 8 22 7 24 70 (.315) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 24 (31 PTS)

UTAH

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

A KIRILENKO F 19 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 7 K MALONE F 27 4-6 2-2 1 5 6 9 2 3 2 10 J COLLINS C 26 3-6 2-2 6 3 9 0 4 0 1 8 J STOCKTON G 18 1-4 2-3 0 1 1 2 2 3 1 5 B RUSSELL G 25 6-8 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 1 1 13 R LARUE 30 5-8 1-1 0 1 1 12 4 1 0 12 J STARKS 14 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 D MARSHALL 22 8-16 4-6 1 5 6 1 3 1 1 20 S PADGETT 24 6-9 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 2 2 13 G OSTERTAG 18 1-2 2-4 4 6 10 2 4 1 2 4 D STEVENSON 9 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 6 J AMAECHI 8 4-5 2-3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10

TOTALS 240 46-79 18-25 15 30 45 39 29 14 12 114 (.582) (.720) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13 (13 PTS)

MEMPHIS 20 15 18 17 - 70 UTAH 33 18 29 34 - 114

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL 3, S SWIFT 2, T MASSENBURG, S BATTIER, A FOTSIS. UTAH - A KIRILENKO 6, D MARSHALL 2, K MALONE, R LARUE, J STOCKTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 0-9 (.000), S BATTIER 0-2, E GILL 0-1, R BUFORD 0- 2, W SOLOMON 0-4. UTAH 4-10 (.400), K MALONE 0-1, J STOCKTON 1-1, B RUSSELL 1- 1, R LARUE 1-4, J STARKS 0-1, D MARSHALL 0-1, S PADGETT 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL, L WRIGHT. UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARC DAVIS, MIKE CALLAHAN, RON GARRETSON. A - 17,751. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (70)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 34 5-16 2-2 4-7 2 2 12 P Gasol 30 2-11 1-2 2-7 0 3 5 L Wright 27 3-9 0-1 4-7 1 5 6 E Gill 33 2-8 1-2 1-3 3 4 5 R Buford 35 6-12 3-4 3-5 1 2 15 W Solomon 29 3-10 5-9 0-1 0 1 11 T Massenburg 22 0-2 7-10 3-5 1 4 7 S Swift 22 1-3 5-6 3-6 0 1 7 A Fotsis 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 G Long DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT GROIN B Knight DNP - THIGH CRAMPS J Williams DNP - SORE TOES

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-73 24-36 20-41 8 22 70 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.315, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (S Battier 0-2, E Gill 0-1, R Buford 0-2, W Solomon 0-4). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:8 (P Gasol 3, S Swift 2, T Massenburg, S Battier, A Fotsis). Turnovers:24 (S Battier 5, L Wright 4, P Gasol 4, E Gill 4, W Solomon 3, R Buford 2, T Massenburg, S Swift). Steals: 7 (S Battier 3, T Massenburg 2, S Swift, E Gill).

UTAH (114)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 19 2-6 3-4 0-1 1 3 7 K Malone 27 4-6 2-2 1-6 9 2 10 J Collins 26 3-6 2-2 6-9 0 4 8 J Stockton 18 1-4 2-3 0-1 2 2 5 B Russell 25 6-8 0-0 2-4 3 2 13 R LaRue 30 5-8 1-1 0-1 12 4 12 J Starks 14 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 0 6 D Marshall 22 8-16 4-6 1-6 1 3 20 S Padgett 24 6-9 0-0 1-5 3 3 13 G Ostertag 18 1-2 2-4 4-10 2 4 4 D Stevenson 9 3-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 6 J Amaechi 8 4-5 2-3 0-1 1 0 10

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-79 18-25 15-45 39 29 114 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.582, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (K Malone 0-1, J Stockton 1-1, B Russell 1-1, R LaRue 1-4, J Starks 0-1, D Marshall 0-1, S Padgett 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:11 (A Kirilenko 6, D Marshall 2, K Malone, R LaRue, J Stockton). Turnovers:12 (J Starks 2, K Malone 2, S Padgett 2, G Ostertag 2, B Russell, J Stockton, J Collins, D Marshall). Steals: 14 (K Malone 3, J Stockton 3, S Padgett 2, G Ostertag, D Stevenson, A Kirilenko, R LaRue, D Marshall, B Russell).

------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 20 15 18 17 - 70 UTAH 33 18 29 34 - 114 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Memphis - 2 (P Gasol, 5:46 3rd; L Wright, 3:18 4th). Utah - (Defensive Three, 7:12 1st; Defensive Three, 1:59 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,751. T: 2:06. Officials: Marc Davis, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Home, sweet home.

Energized by their first appearance at the Delta Center in nearly a month, the Utah Jazz jumped on the Memphis Grizzlies early and rolled to a 114-70 victory.

Donyell Marshall, playing in just his second game after missing 14 contests with a bruised right hip, scored 20 points. Bryon Russell and Scott Padgett added 13 apiece for the Jazz.

"In the first half I started off slow," Marshall said. "It was a little bit of getting back into the rhythm. I think I'm slowly coming back and the more repetition in practices and games, I'll be ready."

"I was a little bit concerned about how many minutes to play him off the bench and how long of an extended period of time I would play him," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "I didn't want to embarrass him, but I wanted to put him in a position to see if he wanted a few more minutes."

Utah shot 58 percent (46-of-79) from the field and handed out 38 assists. With the contest never in doubt, Rusty LaRue was able to play 30 minutes backing up John Stockton and recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 assists.

LaRue even dunked in the first quarter after taking a pass from Marshall in transition.

"That's my first career NBA dunk,"LaRue said. "I knew I had a breakaway. The whole time I heard Jerry's voice in the back of my mind, so I didn't try anything, just a little something for all the white kids out there and give them hope."

The Jazz did not need big games from Karl Malone and Stockton, who scored just 10 and five points, respectively.

"I thought all of our guys really came hard early," Sloan said. "They tried to do a goob job defensively. That's when we get ourselves in trouble, when we don't defend."

The Winter Olympics forced Utah out of Salt Lake City for a franchise-record nine-game road trip spanning 22 days. During the break, the Delta Center was used for figure skating.

At the beginning of the trip, the Jazz were clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the Jazz more than survived the trek by going 6-3 and came home tied for seventh in the West, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Utah avoided an embarrassing hat trick Thursday, beating the lowly Grizzlies for the first time in three meetings this season.

"It was good to get back (home) and get a win at home in front of the fans, not having everybody booing you," Padgett said. "It's just good to be home and have a couple games here and be able to see your family."

The Grizzlies, who lost 22 of their first 23 meetings with Utah, posted a 97-95 double overtime victory here on January 12, then recorded a 86-79 win in Memphis on February 5, a game in which in they led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

But Utah was ready this time. Playing their first home game since February 2, the Jazz raced to a 33-20 first-quarter lead and steadily pulled away. In the two previous meetings against the Grizzlies, the Jazz averaged just 35 percent from the field.

"We're doing well and playing well," LaRue said. "We're just trying to improve every game and keep up what we're doing."

Memphis was held to 31 percent (23-of-73) and matched a franchise low with only eight assists. The 44-point margin of defeat was the third worst in franchise history.

The Grizzlies committed 24 turnovers that the Jazz converted into 31 points. They also were 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

"We're not getting it," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "We're not running, we're not converting. We turned it over. It was a disgrace. We did nothing right, nothing, nobody."

The Jazz built their lead to 51-35 at the intermission and stretched it to 80-53 entering the final period. Utah outscored the Grizzlies 34-17 in the final quarter and buit its first 40-point lead at 108-68 on Padgett's layup with 2:08 left.

"We've got to go out and make plays," said Memphis rookie Shane Battier, who scored 12 points. "We haven't done it to this point and as a result, we haven't given ourselves a chance to be in ballgames.

Rookie Will Solomon added 11 for the Grizzlies, who have dropped 18 of 21 since their victory in Utah.

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