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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             22   16   26   11    75   
     NEW ORLEANS      20   29   19   32    100     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 20, JOHN STOCKTON 14, 
                      DESHAWN STEVENSON 12
                NOR - BARON DAVIS 21, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 19, 
                      JAMAL MASHBURN 16

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - MARK JACKSON 7, KARL MALONE 6, ANDREI 
                      KIRILENKO 6
                NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 9, JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 8, 
                      P.J. BROWN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 4, JOHN STOCKTON 4, MATT 
                      HARPRING 2
                NOR - BARON DAVIS 10, DAVID WESLEY 3, JAMAL 
                      MASHBURN 3

         ATT:   17,668

Box Score

UTAH (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 27 3-7 1-2 2-6 1 4 7 K Malone 33 5-16 10-13 2-6 4 3 20 G Ostertag 23 1-3 1-4 2-3 1 5 3 J Stockton 26 6-9 2-3 1-4 4 2 14 D Stevenson 26 5-10 2-2 2-5 1 1 12 M Harpring 23 3-8 1-2 0-1 2 2 7 J Collins 22 0-2 0-0 2-5 1 4 0 M Jackson 21 2-5 0-1 3-7 1 1 4 C Cheaney 15 2-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 J Amaechi 13 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 S Padgett 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 C Arroyo 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-73 17-27 15-43 17 25 75 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (M Harpring 0-1, C Cheaney 0-1, S Padgett 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:2 (G Ostertag 2). Turnovers:20 (J Stockton 6, M Harpring 3, A Kirilenko 3, K Malone 2, M Jackson 2, J Amaechi 2, C Cheaney, D Stevenson). Steals: 4 (J Stockton, C Cheaney, M Harpring, D Stevenson). NEW ORLEANS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Brown 36 2-7 4-4 4-7 1 3 8 J Mashburn 33 4-14 8-12 1-9 3 2 16 J Magloire 29 1-8 1-2 6-8 0 5 3 D Wesley 40 6-17 2-4 0-2 3 2 15 B Davis 38 7-14 3-4 1-5 10 3 21 C Alexander 25 6-10 6-7 0-0 2 1 19 R Traylor 15 3-4 0-0 3-4 1 5 6 J Moiso 12 5-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 10 G Lynch 8 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 K Haston 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 S Augmon DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Drew DNP - LEFT EYE INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 24-33 16-41 22 26 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (J Mashburn 0-1, D Wesley 1-2, B Davis 4-6, C Alexander 1-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:3 (R Traylor, J Magloire, K Haston). Turnovers:10 (J Mashburn 3, J Magloire 2, D Wesley, P Brown, K Haston, B Davis, J Moiso). Steals: 12 (D Wesley 4, P Brown 2, B Davis 2, J Magloire 2, R Traylor, J Moiso). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 22 16 26 11 - 75 NEW ORLEANS 20 29 19 32 - 100 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Orleans - 2 (Defensive Three, 11:50 3rd; Defensive Three, 9:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,668. T: 2:16.


Game Story

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- The New Orleans Hornets looked a lot like the Charlotte Hornets. The Utah Jazz looked a lot like the New Orleans Jazz. In the first NBA game in the Crescent City in 23 years, the transplanted Hornets got big games from Baron Davis and Courtney Alexander and pulled away for a 100-75 victory over the Jazz. There had not been a game in New Orleans since April 6, 1979, when the Jazz wrapped up five awful seasons in the South with a 140-131 loss to Milwaukee and moved to Salt Lake City during the offseason. The Hornets became the second NBA team in as many years to relocate as owners George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge found the upgraded arena they could not get in Charlotte. With NBA commissioner David Stern among the sellout crowd of 17,668, they turned the event into a celebration of the return of basketball to the Big Easy. "The fans in Charlotte were great, but as I've always said, there just weren't enough of them," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "Here, if we continue to get this kind of response, we'll be happy." Aaron Neville performed the national anthem, Hornets players wore white capes over their uniforms during introductions and former New Orleans Jazz players E.C. Coleman, Aaron James and Rich Kelley were introduced at halftime. The capper was the retiring of the No. 7 worn by Pete Maravich, the Jazz's best player during their days in New Orleans. "There was a lot of hoopla," Silas said. "We like all that stuff. We'd like to have more of it. Anytime you have the fans getting into it and having a good time, that's what you want to see. We showed that we can compete." "We won't always have that guy singing the national anthem," forward Jamal Mashburn said. "We won't have the capes, we won't have the fog. We just want to find a rhythm." Davis and Alexander turned the game into an easy win. Davis had 21 points and 10 assists and repeatedly hurt the Jazz with 3-pointers, sinking 4-of-6. Alexander, acquired from Washington for a draft pick, scored 15 of his 19 points in the final period, when New Orleans held Utah scoreless for more than four minutes. Alexander nearly beat out David Wesley for the starting shooting guard slot. In this one, Silas used him alongside Wesley, sitting down Mashburn, his best frontcourt scorer. "I went small with Courtney at the 3 (small forward)," Silas said. "Long-term, we're going to have to have production from all our guys, especially Mash, because he's our main guy." "We have a pretty good bench," said Mashburn, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. "Courtney can play. He's proven he can play." The Hornets took a 68-64 lead into the final period and scored the first six points. A free throw, three-point play and two more foul shots by Alexander stretched the margin to 80-68 with 7:27 to go. John Stockton hit a jumper, but Utah went 4:06 without a point. New Orleans ran off 13 straight points, featuring 3-pointers by Davis and Wesley and a flying hammer dunk and jumper by Alexander. "I like our rotation, especially with Courtney coming off the bench," Silas said. "He'll be my pick-me-up guy. I haven't had that kind of guy. He's a godsend." A layup by Jerome Moiso, who scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting, gave the Hornets a 93-70 bulge with 3:25 left. Wesley scored 15 points for New Orleans, which forced 20 turnovers. The Hornets played without injured center Elden Campbell. "(New Orleans) is a very good team and they'll probably win 60 games without breaking a sweat as talented as they are," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "But we have a long ways to go." Karl Malone scored 20 points, Stockton added 14 and DeShawn Stevenson 12 for the Jazz, who shot less than 40 percent (29-of-73). "There has to be a certain type of mentality there to have a little toughness to fight through some of those things," Sloan added. "One little thing goes wrong and we're like a racehorse when his head pulls up again. We pull our head back over our shoulder like we're going to jump a 10-foot fence instead of bucking our head down and trying a little bit harder." Davis scored nine points in the second quarter - all on 3-pointers - to help the Hornets take a 49-38 lead at intermission. He threw in a 30-footer to beat the shot clock with 2:03 to go and another to beat the halftime horn. "Baron is just unbelievable right now," Silas said. "I had no idea he was going to do what he did for us."


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