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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 24 23 24 24 95 WASHINGTON 18 24 26 19 87 FINAL


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UTAH (95) AT WASHINGTON (87)

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

MALONE F 38 6-15 12-12 2 4 6 7 4 2 4 24 RUSSELL F 24 2-6 0-1 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 4 OSTERTAG C 37 4-6 0-2 1 11 12 0 3 0 0 8 HORNACEK G 22 3-7 6-8 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 12 STOCKTON G 24 4-8 4-4 2 2 4 7 2 0 4 12 ANDERSON 26 3-5 1-4 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 7 BAILEY 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 EISLEY 24 7-11 0-0 3 7 10 5 0 0 1 17 FOSTER 10 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 4 KEEFE 24 2-3 1-2 1 5 6 2 1 0 0 5 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-68 24-33 11 37 48 27 23 3 13 95 (.500) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 43 9-22 2-2 1 4 5 5 4 1 0 20 THORPE F 37 4-11 3-4 5 7 12 0 5 2 2 11 DAVIS C 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RICHMOND G 39 4-17 3-5 2 0 2 4 3 0 4 13 STRICKLAND G 37 8-15 3-4 3 3 6 11 2 0 2 21 CHEANEY 33 6-15 0-0 2 1 3 3 4 2 0 12 MCINNIS 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 T MURRAY 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WALLACE 21 0-0 1-6 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 1 C WHITNEY 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 COKER 5 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 LEGLER 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 35-89 12-21 17 23 40 24 25 6 8 87 (.393) (.571) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

UTAH 24 23 24 24 - 95 WASHINGTON 18 24 26 19 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, ANDERSON 2, FOSTER, MALONE, KEEFE. WASHINGTON - WALLACE 3, CHEANEY, THORPE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-8 (.375), RUSSELL 0-2, STOCKTON 0-1, ANDERSON 0-2, EISLEY 3-3. WASHINGTON 5-15 (.333), THORPE 0-1, RICHMOND 2-5, STRICKLAND 2-2, CHEANEY 0-4, C WHITNEY 0-1, LEGLER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, (JAMES CAPERS, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,121. T - 2:12.


Box Score

UTAH (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 6-15 12-12 2-6 7 4 24 Russell 24 2-6 0-1 1-6 1 4 4 Ostertag 37 4-6 0-2 1-12 0 3 8 Hornacek 22 3-7 6-8 0-0 2 5 12 Stockton 24 4-8 4-4 2-4 7 2 12 Anderson 26 3-5 1-4 1-3 1 1 7 Bailey 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Eisley 24 7-11 0-0 3-10 5 0 17 Foster 10 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 Keefe 24 2-3 1-2 1-6 2 1 5 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-68 24-33 11-48 27 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Russell 0-2, Stockton 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Eisley 3-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Ostertag 4, Anderson 2, Foster, Malone, Keefe). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Stockton 4, Foster 2, Anderson, Eisley, Russell). Steals: 3 (Malone 2, Anderson).

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 9-22 2-2 1-5 5 4 20 Thorpe 37 4-11 3-4 5-12 0 5 11 Davis 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Richmond 39 4-17 3-5 2-2 4 3 13 Strickland 37 8-15 3-4 3-6 11 2 21 Cheaney 33 6-15 0-0 2-3 3 4 12 Mcinnis 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 T Murray 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Wallace 21 0-0 1-6 3-9 0 2 1 C Whitney 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Coker 5 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Legler 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 12-21 17-40 24 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Thorpe 0-1, Richmond 2-5, Strickland 2-2, Cheaney 0-4, C Whitney 0-1, Legler 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 3, Cheaney, Thorpe). Turnovers: 10 (Richmond 4, Strickland 2, Thorpe 2). Steals: 6 (Cheaney 2, Thorpe 2, C Whitney, Howard). ____________________________________________ Utah 24 23 24 24 - 95 Washington 18 24 26 19 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,121. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, (james Capers, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Howard Eisley scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including a key 3-pointer with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter, as the Utah Jazz posted their sixth straight win, 95-87 over the Washington Wizards.

Eisley scored all of his second-half points during a 4:47 stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters. But the Wizards, who trailed by 16 in the opening moments, got within 73-70 on Otis Thorpe's layup with 10:18 to play.

The Wizards had a chance to creep even closer moments later, but Thorpe committed a turnover and Eisley made Washington pay by drilling a 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 76-70 advantage. Shandon Anderson followed with a free throw and Karl Malone hit two from the line to push the lead to nine and the Wizards came no closer than six down the stretch.

"I just come in and do my job," Eisley said. "I help out anyway I can."

Malone had 24 points and seven assists for the Jazz, who matched their longest winning streak of the season, having also won six straight to start the campaign. Utah's 19 wins are one more than Miami for tops in the league.

Rod Strickland, who missed the previous six games due to a pulled groin, scored 21 points while dishing out 11 assists and Juwan Howard added 20 points for Washington, which lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 6-7 at the MCI Center this season.

"I think (Strickland) did great considering he's been out six games," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "Getting 39 (minutes) out of him right now is pretty good."

Jeff Hornacek's 17-footer capped a 12-2 run with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter that gave the Jazz a 61-50 lead. But the Wizards slowly chipped away and twice got within three points before the end of the period. A 3-pointer by Strickland with 45 seconds left made it 68-65.

After a 3-pointer by Eisley, Mitch Richmond's 3-pointer with 22 seconds to go in the quarter gave the Jazz a 71-68 lead entering the fourth.

"We made runs, but they also made runs," Richmond said. "We had to stop them from doing that, but it just didn't happen. We couldn't knock the big shot down."

Eisley's 14-footer in the opening moments of the final period made it a five-point game, but Thorpe's layup brought the Wizards within three.

Eisley, a 6-2 guard, went 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.

"That is a major surprise," he said of his rebounds. "I don't remember doing that."

"I didn't know he could do that," Malone added.

Stockton and Hornacek had 12 points apiece and Greg Ostertag grabbed 12 rebounds for Utah, which shot 50 percent (34-of-68) from the field and held a 48-40 advantage on the boards.

"We can't afford to play like that," Malone said. "The finish was decent, but I think we played sloppy basketball. We have to put these type of games away."

Strickland gave the Wizards a 2-0 advantage 32 seconds into the contest with a layup, but it was their only lead of the game as Utah scored the next 18 points. Malone had eight points during the spurt and Utah was leading by 16 after Hornacek made two free throws with 5:44 left in the first quarter.

"It's encouraging when you jump out like that, but you have to hold it better, and we should have," said Stockton.

The Wizards got within 24-18 at the end of the first quarter, but the Jazz used a 10-2 spurt to open the second, grabbing a 34-20 advantage on Thurl Bailey's seven-footer with 7:46 to go before the break.

Richmond netted 13 points and Calbert Cheaney 12 for the Wizards, who shot 39 percent (35-of-89) and were just 12-of-21 from the foul line.

"We've got to play better, that's the bottom line," Strickland said. "That team has been together for a while. They execute well and they always play the same. They make you run, they make you earn it."

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