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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 28 15 20 20 83 UTAH 22 16 17 14 69 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 36, DAVID ROBINSON 12, SEAN ELLIOTT 11 UTH - KARL MALONE 23, JEFF HORNACEK 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 11, MALIK ROSE 11 UTH - KARL MALONE 13, GREG OSTERTAG 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 8, MARIO ELIE 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (83) AT UTAH (69)

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

DUNCAN F 40 15-24 6-8 3 7 10 1 3 0 3 36 ELLIOTT F 36 5-11 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 2 11 ROBINSON C 28 3-12 6-10 2 9 11 2 5 0 1 12 ELIE G 30 1-5 2-3 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 4 JOHNSON G 31 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 2 3 6 DANIELS 17 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 S KERR 18 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 J KERSEY 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 PERDUE 2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 ROSE 26 3-8 0-1 6 5 11 2 3 1 0 6 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 14-22 13 31 44 20 19 8 11 83 (.430) (.636) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

MALONE F 41 8-14 7-9 2 11 13 3 5 1 4 23 RUSSELL F 40 3-10 2-4 1 2 3 1 4 2 2 8 OSTERTAG C 17 0-4 0-0 4 4 8 0 4 0 1 0 HORNACEK G 30 5-11 0-1 3 2 5 3 1 1 4 11 STOCKTON G 33 4-12 0-1 0 1 1 6 1 1 1 8 ANDERSON 20 2-8 1-2 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 5 BAILEY 7 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 EISLEY 15 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 8 FOSTER 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 FULLER 19 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 1 4 KEEFE 6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-82 10-17 15 29 44 15 20 6 16 69 (.354) (.588) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 28 15 20 20 - 83 UTAH 22 16 17 14 - 69

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 7, ROSE 3, ELLIOTT, ROBINSON. UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, FULLER 2, STOCKTON, MALONE, FOSTER, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-4 (.250), ELLIOTT 1-3, ELIE 0-1. UTAH 1-10 (.100), RUSSELL 0-4, HORNACEK 1-3, STOCKTON 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, UTAH - MALONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, GREG WILLARD, BILL SPOONER. A - 19,911. T - 2:07.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 40 15-24 6-8 3-10 1 3 36 Elliott 36 5-11 0-0 1-3 1 0 11 Robinson 28 3-12 6-10 2-11 2 5 12 Elie 30 1-5 2-3 1-3 3 2 4 Johnson 31 3-8 0-0 0-1 8 3 6 Daniels 17 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 S Kerr 18 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 J Kersey 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Perdue 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Rose 26 3-8 0-1 6-11 2 3 6 Jackson DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 14-22 13-44 20 19 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Elliott 1-3, Elie 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 12 (Duncan 7, Rose 3, Elliott, Robinson). Turnovers: 12 (Duncan 3, Johnson 3, Elliott 2, Daniels, Elie, Robinson). Steals: 8 (Elie 2, Johnson 2, Daniels, Elliott, Rose, S Kerr).

UTAH (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 8-14 7-9 2-13 3 5 23 Russell 40 3-10 2-4 1-3 1 4 8 Ostertag 17 0-4 0-0 4-8 0 4 0 Hornacek 30 5-11 0-1 3-5 3 1 11 Stockton 33 4-12 0-1 0-1 6 1 8 Anderson 20 2-8 1-2 2-7 0 1 5 Bailey 7 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Eisley 15 4-9 0-0 0-0 1 1 8 Foster 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Fuller 19 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 Keefe 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-82 10-17 15-44 15 20 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Russell 0-4, Hornacek 1-3, Stockton 0-2, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (Ostertag 2, Fuller 2, Stockton, Malone, Foster, Anderson). Turnovers: 16 (Hornacek 4, Malone 4, Russell 2, Eisley, Foster, Fuller, Keefe, Ostertag, Stockton). Steals: 6 (Russell 2, Fuller, Hornacek, Malone, Stockton). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 28 15 20 20 - 83 Utah 22 16 17 14 - 69 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Head Coach Popovich, 4:51 2nd; Illegal Defense, 2:58 3rd). Utah 1 (Malone, 4:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:07. Officials: Jack Nies, Greg Willard, Bill Spooner.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan helped his case for Most Valuable Player honors while helping the San Antonio Spurs cool off the red-hot Utah Jazz.

Duncan scored 23 off his 36 points in the second half, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots as the Spurs ended the 11-game winning streak of the league-leading Jazz with an 83-69 victory.

While fellow frontcourt star David Robinson battled foul trouble and poor shooting, Duncan dominated throughout and posted his 30th double-double of the season. He trails only Sacramento's Chris Webber in that category.

"Just felt great out there," Duncan said. "It was a big game for us. ... I came out tonight and felt good. They were coming to me and things were going for me."

"He's obviously a special player," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "What he was was very aggressive. He didn't wait around. When he's aggressive right off the bat and thinking about taking over games is when he's at his best."

One night after clinching a playoff berth, the Spurs earned their fourth straight win and climbed within three games of the Jazz for the best record in the NBA and first place in the Midwest Division. Utah has knocked San Antonio out of the playoffs three of the last five years, including last season's conference semifinals.

Karl Malone and the Jazz uncharacteristically became unraveled in the fourth quarter and lost for the first time since an overtime setback at Sacramento on March 30. Their 11-game roll had been the longest in the NBA this season.

Malone had 23 points and 13 rebounds but was called for a pair of offensive fouls in the final six minutes and was whistled for a technical foul. Utah committed six of its 16 turnovers in the final period and went scoreless for nearly 4 1/2 minutes down the stretch as San Antonio pulled away.

"Maybe we thought, maybe we'll just show up at home with our 11-game winning streak and win another one and go on about our business," Malone said. "But teams get ready to play us and take nothing away from those guys. They played their butts off and they did everything they wanted to do down the stretch."

The Jazz also had a 10-game home winning streak snapped, last losing at the Delta Center on March 7 to the Los Angeles Lakers. They fell to 18-2 at home and saw their lead in the Western Conference shrink to 1 1/2 games over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Since suffering a 101-87 loss to Utah to cap a 6-8 start, San Antonio has dropped just four games in 27 tries.

"We're really thrilled to beat a helluva team like Utah because they're the best," Popovich added.

Duncan converted a three-point play with 6:37 to play, giving the Spurs a 70-61 lead. Malone answered with a jumper with 5:01 left, but the Jazz missed their next seven shots and did not score until his 19-footer with 1:40 to go.

The Spurs reeled off eight points during Utah's drought, including a layup by Duncan. Avery Johnson picked off a pass by Jeff Hornacek and fed Robinson for a dunk that capped the spurt and gave San Antonio a 78-63 advantage.

Robinson scored just 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting but added 11 rebounds. Sean Elliott chipped in 11 points, reserve Malik Rose pulled down 11 rebounds and the Spurs held the Jazz to 35 percent (29-of-82) from the field.

"You figure I play only 28 minutes and the team responds as well as it did," Robinson said. "I mean, Tim had to do some extra work and he did a great job. Hopefully, we'll be even better if I can stay on the floor."

Utah made only 1-of-10 from 3-point range and were mediocre from the foul line, hitting just 10-of-17. The Jazz held their only lead less than three minutes into the game at 6-5.

Duncan scored 11 points in the opening period, including a 16-footer with 18 seconds left that put the Spurs in front, 28-22. Even with Duncan sitting for much of the second quarter after picking up his third foul, San Antonio went to halftime with a 43-38 lead.

Utah crept within 53-51 with 5:13 left in the third on a 3-pointer by Hornacek. The Spurs responded with an 8-2 spurt and were comfortably in front the rest of the way. Duncan had two long jumpers around a pair of free throws to close that run, creating a 61-53 cushion.

Hornacek scored 11 points but he and Malone each committed four turnovers. John Stockton, who handed out just six assists, and Howard Eisley each scored eight points for the Jazz but both went scoreless in the fourth quarter.

"They were pushing our pick-and-rolls and usually when a team pushes our pick-and-rolls, we destroy them," Hornacek explained. "But tonight, we didn't get a lot of good things out of them."

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