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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 24 25 26 26 101 ATLANTA 23 24 23 29 99 FINAL


UTAH (101) AT ATLANTA (99)

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

KEEFE F 34 4-10 3-4 4 6 10 3 2 1 0 11 MALONE F 37 10-15 7-11 4 5 9 3 3 1 1 27 CARR C 20 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 4 HORNACEK G 36 5-9 4-7 1 3 4 2 2 0 2 15 STOCKTON G 26 4-7 4-6 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 13 EISLEY 22 5-14 3-3 2 1 3 4 3 1 2 13 OSTERTAG 29 2-3 3-6 4 5 9 0 5 0 1 7 ANDERSON 12 1-5 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 RUSSELL 24 3-9 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 3 0 9 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 26-41 17 26 43 21 25 6 7 101 (.456) (.634) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 32 4-8 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 10 LAETTNER F 37 5-14 10-11 1 9 10 2 5 1 3 20 MUTOMBO C 39 6-7 3-5 1 8 9 2 4 0 0 15 SMITH G 39 5-10 7-8 0 1 1 4 5 0 1 18 RECASNER G 41 5-9 3-3 1 3 4 2 5 2 4 16 BROWN 9 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 HENDERSON 19 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 4 GRAY 24 5-10 5-6 1 2 3 2 3 2 0 16 BLAYLOCK DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-68 30-35 7 27 34 15 27 6 10 99 (.471) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

UTAH 24 25 26 26 - 101 ATLANTA 23 24 23 29 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE, CARR, OSTERTAG. ATLANTA - LAETTNER 3, MUTOMBO 2, BROWN, CORBIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-6 (.500), HORNACEK 1-2, STOCKTON 1-1, EISLEY 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2. ATLANTA 5-11 (.455), SMITH 1-3, RECASNER 3-5, GRAY 1-3. TECHNICALS: UTAH - CARR, HEAD COACH SLOAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, RECASNER, LAETTNER. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, WOODY MAYFIELD, DAVID JONES. A - 28,371. T - 2:19.


UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 34 4-10 3-4 4-10 3 2 11 Malone 37 10-15 7-11 4-9 3 3 27 Carr 20 2-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 4 Hornacek 36 5-9 4-7 1-4 2 2 15 Stockton 26 4-7 4-6 0-0 8 2 13 Eisley 22 5-14 3-3 2-3 4 3 13 Ostertag 29 2-3 3-6 4-9 0 5 7 Anderson 12 1-5 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 Russell 24 3-9 2-2 1-4 0 3 9 Foster DNP - coach's decision Morris DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 26-41 17-43 21 25 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.634. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Hornacek 1-2, Stockton 1-1, Eisley 0-1, Russell 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Malone, Carr, Ostertag). Turnovers: 7 (Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Anderson, Malone, Ostertag). Steals: 6 (Russell 3, Eisley, Keefe, Malone).

ATLANTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 32 4-8 2-2 1-2 2 2 10 Laettner 37 5-14 10-11 1-10 2 5 20 Mutombo 39 6-7 3-5 1-9 2 4 15 Smith 39 5-10 7-8 0-1 4 5 18 Recasner 41 5-9 3-3 1-4 2 5 16 Brown 9 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Henderson 19 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 4 Gray 24 5-10 5-6 1-3 2 3 16 Blaylock DNP - strained left groin Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 30-35 7-34 15 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Smith 1-3, Recasner 3-5, Gray 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Laettner 3, Mutombo 2, Brown, Corbin). Turnovers: 13 (Recasner 4, Laettner 3, Brown, Henderson, Smith). Steals: 6 (Gray 2, Recasner 2, Corbin, Laettner). ____________________________________________ Utah 24 25 26 26 - 101 Atlanta 23 24 23 29 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 4 (Carr, 4:03 1st; Head Coach Sloan, 4:03 1st; Illegal Defense 2, 2:02 2nd, 6:15 3rd). Atlanta 3 (Illegal Defense, 11:17 2nd; Recasner, 2:28 2nd; Laettner, 4:47 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 28,371. T: 2:19. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Woody Mayfield, David Jones.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz held on for an 101-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, who matched their longest losing streak of the season with their third straight defeat.

Atlanta, which trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, cut the deficit to 98-95 with 56 seconds remaining on two free throws by Christian Laettner.

But Malone, who also grabbed nine rebounds, sealed the win when he faked out Laettner and hit a wide open 18-footer with just one second left on the shot clock and 33 seconds to play. A free throw by Jeff Hornacek, who scored 15 points, helped the Jazz finish their road trip at 3-2.

"We said in the beginning, 5-0 would be great, 4-1 would be good and 3-2 you can't complain much," Hornacek said of the road trip. "The two games we lost we probably should have won. It's not a bad trip."

Laettner had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who gave up more than 100 points for just the fourth time this season.

"You can't fault our effort. We played a very hard-fought ball game," said Hawks forward Tyrone Corbin, who scored 10 points. "But you have to give Utah a lot of credit, they did the things they needed to do to win the game and Karl Malone stepped it up a little bit."

Malone scored 20 points in the second half and led Utah in scoring for the 25th straight game. John Stockton contributed 13 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who improved to 9-23 all-time in Atlanta.

"I didn't think we played all that well, but we made enough plays," Stockton said. "It's good to finish up anything with a win."

Hawks guard Eldridge Recasner scored a season-high 16 points starting in place of Mookie Blaylock, who missed his second straight game with a strained groin.

A free throw by Malone gave the Jazz a 98-90 lead with 1:48 to play before Dikembe Mutombo answered with a three-point play and Laettner hit his pair from the stripe.

After Malone's jumper, Steve Smith scored the last of his 18 points on a driving lay-in with 16 seconds to go, pulling the Hawks within 100-97. And Stockton, an 86 percent free-throw shooter, missed both of his foul shots.

Smith's three-pointer was well off the mark but Corbin followed with a short hook, trimming the deficit to one with 2.8 seconds left.

Hornacek hit 1-of-2 from the line less than a second later, and Laettner threw away the inbounds pass as the Jazz sealed their third win in the last four games.

Howard Eisley scored 13 points off the bench and Adam Keefe added 11 and 10 rebounds for Utah, which held a 43-34 edge on the glass. The Hawks were outrebounded for just the eighth time this season.

"The key to this loss was the fact that we didn't rebound the ball," Hawks rookie Ed Gray concluded.

The Jazz made just 26-of-41 free throws but committed only seven turnovers and connected on 46 percent (36-of-79) from the field.

"You have to have a little bit of luck," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan explained. "I believe we missed about 15 free throws and it's tough to win on the road with that kind of output. Down the stretch, we threw it away but got it back a lot of the times."

Utah led 49-47 at halftime and took the lead for good on Malone's tip-in with 7:13 left in the third quarter. That bucket gave the Jazz a 57-55 edge, and just over two minutes later, a layup by Malone sparked a 9-2 spurt. He scored five points in the run and Hornacek's layup capped it, increasing Utah's lead to 70-61 with 2:33 remaining.

Gray scored half of his 16 points in the second quarter and Mutombo contributed 15 and nine boards as the Hawks fell to 11-3 in games decided by six points or less.

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