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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 25 22 25 8 18 124 NEW YORK 26 29 18 25 8 13 119 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 30, ADAM KEEFE 25, JOHN STOCKTON 22 NYK - JOHN STARKS 26, ALLAN HOUSTON 25, CHRIS MILLS 17


UTAH (124) AT NEW YORK (119) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

MALONE F 51 11-20 8-10 1 13 14 8 5 0 5 30 KEEFE F 41 8-10 9-11 2 5 7 2 5 2 0 25 FOSTER C 23 3-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 6 HORNACEK G 45 5-12 5-7 2 2 4 7 1 0 0 16 STOCKTON G 42 8-13 4-8 0 3 3 14 4 3 6 22 RUSSELL 43 5-8 0-0 1 5 6 1 5 0 3 14 EISLEY 16 1-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 2 OSTERTAG 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 ANDERSON 18 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 8 MORRIS 6 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 CARR DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 45-79 27-38 7 34 41 34 28 5 21 124 (.570) (.711) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 22(25 PTS)

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

HOUSTON F 29 8-13 8-10 0 1 1 1 6 1 1 25 JOHNSON F 40 3-14 3-6 6 0 6 2 4 0 1 9 OAKLEY C 54 6-13 0-0 3 16 19 3 5 5 5 12 STARKS G 49 10-20 3-6 1 2 3 9 6 2 2 26 WARD G 36 5-10 7-7 0 1 1 4 4 3 3 17 MILLS 37 6-9 2-4 3 2 5 3 4 1 1 15 CUMMINGS 21 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 6 CHILDS 22 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 9 BOWIE 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 H WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 45-91 23-33 14 25 39 28 34 13 15 119 (.495) (.697) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

UTAH 26 25 22 25 8 18 - 124 NEW YORK 26 29 18 25 8 13 - 119

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 2. NEW YORK - WARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 7-12 (.583), HORNACEK 1-3, STOCKTON 2-3, RUSSELL 4-5, EISLEY 0-1. NEW YORK 6-17 (.353), HOUSTON 1-3, STARKS 3-9, WARD 0-2, MILLS 1-2, CHILDS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TOMMY NUNEZ, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,763. T - 3:08.


UTAH (124) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 51 11-20 8-10 1-14 8 5 30 Keefe 41 8-10 9-11 2-7 2 5 25 Foster 23 3-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 6 Hornacek 45 5-12 5-7 2-4 7 1 16 Stockton 42 8-13 4-8 0-3 14 4 22 Russell 43 5-8 0-0 1-6 1 5 14 Eisley 16 1-8 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Ostertag 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Anderson 18 4-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 8 Morris 6 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Carr DNP - strained right hamstring Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 45-79 27-38 7-41 34 28 124 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.570, FT-.711. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Hornacek 1-3, Stockton 2-3, Russell 4-5, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Malone 2). Turnovers: 22 (Stockton 6, Malone 5, Russell 3, Anderson 2, Eisley 2, Ostertag 2, Foster). Steals: 5 (Stockton 3, Keefe 2).

NEW YORK (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Houston 29 8-13 8-10 0-1 1 6 25 Johnson 40 3-14 3-6 6-6 2 4 9 Oakley 54 6-13 0-0 3-19 3 5 12 Starks 49 10-20 3-6 1-3 9 6 26 Ward 36 5-10 7-7 0-1 4 4 17 Mills 37 6-9 2-4 3-5 3 4 15 Cummings 21 3-6 0-0 1-3 3 2 6 Childs 22 4-5 0-0 0-1 3 3 9 Bowie 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 H Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 45-91 23-33 14-39 28 34 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Houston 1-3, Starks 3-9, Ward 0-2, Mills 1-2, Childs 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Ward). Turnovers: 15 (Oakley 5, Ward 3, Starks 2, Childs, Cummings, Houston, Johnson, Mills). Steals: 13 (Oakley 5, Ward 3, Starks 2, Cummings, Houston, Mills). ______________________________________________________ Utah 26 25 22 25 8 18 - 124 New York 26 29 18 25 8 13 - 119 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:36 3rd, 8:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 3:08. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tommy Nunez, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone scored 30 points and Adam Keefe added a season-high 25, including six in a 14-4 run that closed regulation, and the Utah Jazz scored the first six points of the second overtime en route to 124-119 victory over the New York Knicks.

Allan Houston, who finished with 25 points before fouling out late in the first overtime, had a chance to win it twice for the Knicks. But he missed the first free throw with 1.5 seconds left in regulation before tying the game at 98-98 and did the same with 50 seconds left in overtime before evening the contest, 106-106. Houston entered the game shooting 85 percent from the foul line.

"To have it in your control and let it get away is tough," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The guys who missed feel as bad as anyone."

"I've never seen a guy go up there and try to miss free throws on purpose," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "It could have been John Stockton or Karl Malone or anyone."

Utah put away the game early in the second overtime. John Stockton opened the session with a reverse layup, Malone converted a layup in transition and Jeff Hornacek followed with a driving basket with 3:15 to play.

After two free throws by New York's Chris Mills, Keefe converted two from the line and Stockton added a free throw for a 115-108 advantage with 1:37 left. The Knicks came within 120-117 on Larry Johnson's tip-in, but Hornacek and Malone each hit two from the line to seal the victory.

"It's just not giving up, just keep playing, don't give up on the game," Stockton said. "It starts with the coach. He's not gonna let us lay down -- ever. And a great player like Karl Malone maintains that."

"I'm bitter," Van Gundy said. "We got 25 points on turnovers and the bottom line is we didn't capitalize on chances. We had two chances and blew 'em."

Stockton added 22 points while dishing out 14 assists for Utah, which tied Seattle for the best record in the Western Conference at 50-17 and reached the 50-win plateau for the fifth straight season.

"It really doesn't mean anything until the end of the season," Sloan said. "The most important thing is we're playing together and happy."

"We're starting to get there but we're gonna take one game at a time," Malone said.

Malone had 14 rebounds and eight assists for Utah, which closed out a 4-1 road trip and has won 20 of its last 22 games. The Jazz are 3-0 in overtime this season. Utah shot 57 percent (45-of-79), including 7-of-12 three-pointers.

"A game like this, on the end of a road trip, it would be easy to throw in the towel," Malone said. But we got a great team effort. We're a veteran team and coach Sloan doesn't have to tell us what to do."

John Starks tallied 26 points and nine assists and Charles Oakley contributed 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost eight of 11 overall, nine of their last 11 to Utah and three of four in overtime this season.

Working against the smaller Houston, Keefe scored nine first-quarter points, including a three-point play that gave Utah a 26-23 lead with 2:36 to play in the period. But the Jazz missed eight of their next nine shots and committed five turnovers as the Knicks put together a 22-2 burst.

Terry Cummings scored four points, Mills added five and Houston led the way with six, including a free throw that gave New York its largest lead, 45-28, with 7:03 left in the second period.

"We wanted to shoot the ball from outside. We were getting our (butts) kicked," Sloan said.

"It was like we were running in mud," Malone said.

The Knicks still led 51-35 on a 14-footer by Houston with 4:04 to go. But Stockton and Hornacek scored five points apiece in a 16-4 spurt that closed the half and pulled the Jazz within 55-51.

Utah stayed hot after the break as Malone made a free throw and Stockton and Hornacek had baskets for a 56-55 advantage with 10:25 left in the third quarter. That was the first of 11 lead changes in the period, which ended in a 73-73 tie. Malone scored eight points in the quarter.

Oakley's jumper from the right corner gave the Knicks a 93-82 lead with 4:27 left in regulation before Utah's furious rally tied it. Bryon Russell and Stockton hit back-to-back three-pointers and, after a jumper by Mills, Keefe converted four free throws and a dunk.

Russell took a feed from Hornacek and hit a layup to give Utah a 98-97 lead with 12.4 seconds to play before Houston went to the line and tied it.

"We didn't panic," Hornacek said. "We just went out there and played. We had our chances and took advantage."

After a jumper by Malone to open the first overtime, the Knicks took a 103-100 lead on a three-pointer by Houston and Charlie Ward's steal and layup. But Russell sandwiched a jumper by Oakley with a pair of three-pointers to give Utah a 106-105 lead with 1:47 left.

Ward scored 17 points and Mills added 15 for New York, which shot 49.5 percent (45-of-91).

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