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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 29 15 18 22 84 UTAH 24 28 31 19 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - BRYANT STITH 18, DANNY FORTSON 15, BOBBY JACKSON 14 UTH - KARL MALONE 24, JEFF HORNACEK 14, ANTOINE CARR 11


DENVER (84) AT UTAH (102)

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

WILLIAMS F 37 5-12 1-4 3 4 7 3 2 0 2 11 WOLF F 14 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 4 GARRETT C 41 4-10 0-0 2 3 5 2 3 0 3 8 STITH G 33 6-14 6-7 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 18 JACKSON G 34 6-14 2-4 2 4 6 3 2 2 1 14 GOLDWIRE 18 3-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 3 0 7 FORTSON 30 4-11 7-9 5 1 6 1 2 1 1 15 NEWMAN 14 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 LAUDERDALE 11 2-6 2-2 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 6 WASHINGTON 8 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 BATTIE DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-81 20-30 16 17 33 14 23 7 11 84 (.395) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

RUSSELL F 21 2-4 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 7 MALONE F 28 8-10 8-10 3 3 6 2 2 0 6 24 OSTERTAG C 35 3-7 4-5 2 9 11 0 2 1 3 10 HORNACEK G 27 5-10 3-3 1 3 4 6 1 3 1 14 EISLEY G 29 4-9 2-3 0 4 4 6 2 1 1 10 VAUGHN 16 3-3 0-2 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 6 ANDERSON 26 3-12 3-4 4 3 7 1 3 1 2 10 FOSTER 10 2-7 0-0 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 KEEFE 22 2-7 0-0 4 3 7 3 2 0 0 4 CARR 20 5-12 1-1 4 2 6 2 4 0 0 11 HUDSON 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 MORRIS 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-84 24-32 21 31 52 27 21 7 14 102 (.452) (.750) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

DENVER 29 15 18 22 - 84 UTAH 24 28 31 19 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAUDERDALE 2, FORTSON 2, WASHINGTON, GARRETT. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, HORNACEK, EISLEY, ANDERSON, CARR, FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 0-5 (.000), STITH 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, GOLDWIRE 0-1, NEWMAN 0-1. UTAH 2-10 (.200), RUSSELL 0-2, HORNACEK 1-2, EISLEY 0-3, ANDERSON 1-2, MORRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, UTAH - MALONE, RUSSELL. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, VIOLET PALMER, BILL OAKES. A - 19,911. T - 2:08.


DENVER (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Williams 37 5-12 1-4 3-7 3 2 11 Wolf 14 2-4 0-0 1-1 1 3 4 Garrett 41 4-10 0-0 2-5 2 3 8 Stith 33 6-14 6-7 1-3 2 1 18 Jackson 34 6-14 2-4 2-6 3 2 14 Goldwire 18 3-5 1-2 1-3 1 2 7 Fortson 30 4-11 7-9 5-6 1 2 15 Newman 14 0-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Lauderdale 11 2-6 2-2 1-1 0 5 6 Washington 8 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Battie DNP - lower back spasms Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 20-30 16-33 14 23 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Stith 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Goldwire 0-1, Newman 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Lauderdale 2, Fortson 2, Washington, Garrett). Turnovers: 11 (Garrett 3, Newman 3, Williams 2, Fortson, Jackson, Washington). Steals: 7 (Goldwire 3, Jackson 2, Fortson, Stith).

UTAH (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 21 2-4 3-4 0-1 1 3 7 Malone 28 8-10 8-10 3-6 2 2 24 Ostertag 35 3-7 4-5 2-11 0 2 10 Hornacek 27 5-10 3-3 1-4 6 1 14 Eisley 29 4-9 2-3 0-4 6 2 10 Vaughn 16 3-3 0-2 0-1 4 1 6 Anderson 26 3-12 3-4 4-7 1 3 10 Foster 10 2-7 0-0 3-5 1 0 4 Keefe 22 2-7 0-0 4-7 3 2 4 Carr 20 5-12 1-1 4-6 2 4 11 Hudson 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Morris 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 24-32 21-52 27 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Russell 0-2, Hornacek 1-2, Eisley 0-3, Anderson 1-2, Morris 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 8 (Ostertag 3, Hornacek, Eisley, Anderson, Carr, Foster). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 6, Ostertag 3, Anderson 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Vaughn). Steals: 7 (Hornacek 3, Anderson, Eisley, Ostertag, Russell). ____________________________________________ Denver 29 15 18 22 - 84 Utah 24 28 31 19 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 5:47 2nd, 5:21 2nd, 4:07 3rd). Utah 2 (Malone, 7:37 1st; Russell, 4:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (Carr, 8:24 2nd). A: 19,911. T: 2:08. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Violet Palmer, Bill Oakes.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures and the Utah Jazz took control midway through the second quarter on their way to a 102-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Jeff Hornacek added 14 points and Antoine Carr 11 for the Jazz, who rebounded from a 104-87 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday and won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games against the Nuggets.

Greg Ostertag contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds and Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley had 10 points apiece for Utah, which outscored Denver by 26 points across the middle two quarters.

Bryant Stith scored 18 points and rookie Danny Fortson added 15 for the Nuggets, who suffered a double-digit loss for the second time in as many games.

Denver opened a 29-24 lead after one quarter and still led by two points with 7:02 left in the second period before the Jazz took over. An 11-2 burst, fueled by five points from Ostertag, gave Utah a 44-37 advantage with 4:20 remaining in the half. The Jazz led 52-44 at halftime.

"We played hard," said Denver coach Bill Hanzlik, who fell to 0-2 as a head coach. "We came out and played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, made some things happen. But it shows that this game isn't just one quarter or a quarter and a half, you've got to play the whole thing."

The Nuggets closed within 57-53 on a steal and dunk by Stith with 7:50 left in the third quarter before the Jazz blew it open. Hornacek's jumper ignited a 10-0 run, with Malone scoring four points, as Utah opened a 67-53 lead. A layup by Priest Lauderdale ended the run, but Utah responded with three straight free throws to make it 70-55.

"Doing individual things like getting the MVP or scoring more points, or whatever, are nice, but it don't mean nothing if you don't win," said Malone, who moved into ninth place on the NBA all-time scoring list on Friday. "We came out a little slow tonight and the only thing I was thinking about was winning."

After Fortson made one free throw, Ostertag hit a pair from the line and Malone dunked on the break to cap a 17-3 spurt and give Utah a 74-56 advantage with 2:50 remaining in the period.

Denver never got closer than 18 points thereafter. Utah led by as much as 23 points in the final quarter, the final time at 94-71 after Anderson's three-pointer with 5:30 to go.

"It's nice to get a win, that's the important thing," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They shot 39 percent; I'm not sure our defense was that good, they just looked a little bit tired. They're a young team and they missed some shots that I'm sure they'll make the next time we play them."

Utah shot 45 percent (38-for-84) from the field in winning its home opener. Last season, the Jazz went 48-4 in the Delta Center, including 10-1 in the playoffs.

Rookie Bobby Jackson had 14 points and Eric Williams contributed 11 for the Nuggets, who shot 39.5 percent (32-of-81).

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