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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             28   16   27   28    99   
     PHOENIX          21   22   21   22    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 34, MATT HARPRING 24, GREG 
                      OSTERTAG 13
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 22, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 17, 
                      JOE JOHNSON 16

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 14, KARL MALONE 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 12, PENNY HARDAWAY 5, 
                      JAKE TSAKALIDIS 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, CALBERT CHEANEY 6, KARL
                      MALONE 4
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 9, PENNY HARDAWAY 3, 
                      AMARE STOUDEMIRE 3

         ATT:   15,196

Box Score

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 34 7-14 8-8 1-4 2 2 24 K Malone 41 11-24 12-13 0-8 4 4 34 G Ostertag 40 6-8 1-2 4-14 1 4 13 J Stockton 31 0-3 5-6 1-3 8 5 5 C Cheaney 34 4-8 1-2 0-2 6 2 9 M Jackson 17 1-2 2-2 0-3 2 1 5 A Kirilenko 25 4-5 0-0 1-4 3 2 9 S Padgett 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 T Massenburg 7 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 D Stevenson 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Arroyo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 29-33 9-41 29 20 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (M Harpring 2-3, M Jackson 1-1, A Kirilenko 1-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (G Ostertag 4, A Kirilenko 4). Turnovers:19 (K Malone 6, M Jackson 4, A Kirilenko 3, C Cheaney 2, M Harpring 2, G Ostertag, J Stockton). Steals: 9 (K Malone 4, J Stockton 2, C Cheaney, M Harpring, A Kirilenko). PHOENIX (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 42 9-17 2-3 1-4 2 5 22 A Stoudemire 40 6-9 5-9 5-12 3 2 17 J Tsakalidis 11 0-0 2-2 1-5 0 4 2 S Marbury 43 5-22 1-2 0-1 9 2 11 P Hardaway 30 3-12 2-3 2-5 3 3 8 S Williams 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 J Johnson 24 7-11 0-0 0-2 2 3 16 J Voskuhl 17 1-5 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 B Outlaw 22 2-3 1-2 2-3 1 1 5 D Langhi 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 3 T Gugliotta DNP - BACK SPRAIN C Jacobsen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 13-21 12-38 22 25 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (S Marion 2-5, S Marbury 0-6, P Hardaway 0-1, J Johnson 2-2, D Langhi 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (A Stoudemire 3, S Marion 2, J Tsakalidis). Turnovers:12 (J Tsakalidis 4, P Hardaway 2, B Outlaw 2, S Marbury, D Langhi, J Johnson, A Stoudemire). Steals: 10 (S Marbury 4, S Marion 3, B Outlaw 2, J Voskuhl). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 28 16 27 28 - 99 PHOENIX 21 22 21 22 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (K Malone, 7:26 1st). Flagrant fouls: Phoenix 1 (S Marbury, 6:41 3rd). A: 15,196. T: 2:22. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

UTAH (99) AT PHOENIX (86) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 34 7-14 8-8 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 24 K MALONE F 41 11-24 12-13 0 8 8 4 4 4 6 34 G OSTERTAG C 40 6-8 1-2 4 10 14 1 4 0 1 13 J STOCKTON G 31 0-3 5-6 1 2 3 8 5 2 1 5 C CHEANEY G 34 4-8 1-2 0 2 2 6 2 1 2 9 M JACKSON 17 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 4 5 A KIRILENKO 25 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 3 9 S PADGETT 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 T MASSENBURG 7 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 D STEVENSON 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION C ARROYO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-69 29-33 9 32 41 29 20 9 19 99 (.478) (.879) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19 (20 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 42 9-17 2-3 1 3 4 2 5 3 0 22 A STOUDEMIRE F 40 6-9 5-9 5 7 12 3 2 0 1 17 J TSAKALIDIS C 11 0-0 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 4 2 S MARBURY G 43 5-22 1-2 0 1 1 9 2 4 1 11 P HARDAWAY G 30 3-12 2-3 2 3 5 3 3 0 2 8 S WILLIAMS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 J JOHNSON 24 7-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 16 J VOSKUHL 17 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 2 B OUTLAW 22 2-3 1-2 2 1 3 1 1 2 2 5 D LANGHI 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 3 T GUGLIOTTA DNP - BACK SPRAIN C JACOBSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-82 13-21 12 26 38 22 25 10 12 86 (.415) (.619) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (14 PTS) UTAH 28 16 27 28 - 99 PHOENIX 21 22 21 22 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - G OSTERTAG 4, A KIRILENKO 4. PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE 3, S MARION 2, J TSAKALIDIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-6 (.667), M HARPRING 2-3, M JACKSON 1-1, A KIRILENKO 1-2. PHOENIX 5-16 (.313), S MARION 2-5, S MARBURY 0-6, P HARDAWAY 0-1, J JOHNSON 2-2, D LANGHI 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - K MALONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: PHOENIX 1 (S MARBURY, 6:41 3RD,). OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,196. T - 2:22.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- In one of their most important games of the season, the Utah Jazz got the expected performance from Karl Malone and an unexpected one from Greg Ostertag. Malone scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Ostertag collected 13 and a season-high 14 rebounds as the Jazz posted a 99-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns. While Malone's performance was not unexpected, one of Ostertag's best all-around games came at a perfect time for the Jazz, who moved 3 1/2 games ahead of Houston for seventh place in the Western Conference. Malone led the team in scoring for the 15th time in 17 games, but Ostertag was just as important. He scored eight points in the fourth period and made several hustle plays down the stretch as the Jazz closed the game with a 10-4 spurt over the final 3:18. "Greg was real active inside," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He got his hands on the basketball and was able to deliver the ball to the basket on some shots." Throughout Ostertag's career, Sloan has been critical of his work ethic, which has never seen him average more than 7.3 points. In the Jazz's 107-95 loss at America West Arena on January 12, he played him just 11 minutes, and Ostertag was one of several players that had problems with his substitution patterns. "Greg had a humongous game for us," Malone said. "He was all over the place and did a helluva job for us. He made them change every shot when they came inside, rebounded and blocked shots. It was huge." "Ostertag did a great job on the boards and a nice job cutting and making himself available," Utah guard John Stockton added. "Karl is such a force in there and they have to give him extra attention and Greg read it very well." Ostertag averages just 4.9 points per game and had only reached double figures once since the All-Star break. But the 7-2 center shot 6-of-8 from the floor in a season-high 40 minutes and recorded his fourth double-double of the season, helping the Jazz limit Phoenix's inside game. Of his 14 boards, 10 came on the defensive end, helping the Jazz to a 32-26 advantage. He and Andrei Kirilenko also added four blocks apiece, a fact not lost on Suns coach Frank Johnson. "Every transition we had, it seemed like they blocked it," Johnson said. "Ostertag was big tonight, he changed shots and blocked shots. Kirilenko had four (blocks) and Ostertag had four. Those blocks came at times when we making runs or we had a fast break situation and that was very disappointing." "It was just a difficult night for us," Suns guard Joe Johnson added. "They killed us on the backboards and they shot a lot of free throws." Phoenix lost for the ninth time in 14 games. Wednesday's loss allowed idle Dallas to clinch a playoff berth. Shawn Marion led the Suns with 22 points. Fellow All-Star Stephon Marbury, hampered by a hand injury, finished with just 11 points on 5-of-22 shooting. "They clogged up the middle, but I wasn't making my shots," Marbury said. "It just wasn't my night tonight. I stunk up the court today, but it happens." The Suns had their chances, but the Jazz always had a response. Phoenix trailed just 44-43 at halftime after facing an eight-point deficit. But the Jazz, who shot 36 percent (13-of-36) in the first 24 minutes, began to heat up midway through the third. They used a 13-4 spurt to extend the lead to 66-57 with 2:31 remaining. In the spurt, which started with Calbert Cheaney's jumper at the 7:01 mark, Matt Harpring scored six of his 24 points. Kirilenko's dunk with one second left gave Utah a 71-64 advantage. In the fourth, Ostertag had three key layups in the first seven-plus minutes. He added his final basket with 2:10 remaining and just over a minute after Marion's 3-pointer sliced the deficit to 89-82.


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