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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 10 25 19 31 85 SEATTLE 29 16 22 23 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 29, JOHN STOCKTON 18, SHANDON ANDERSON 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 30, HERSEY HAWKINS 18, DETLEF SCHREMPF 18

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, BRYON RUSSELL 7 SEA - DETLEF SCHREMPF 8, OLDEN POLYNICE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

UTAH (85) AT SEATTLE (90)

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

MALONE F 40 12-19 5-6 4 9 13 4 2 1 8 29 RUSSELL F 41 3-13 4-4 1 6 7 3 4 0 2 10 OSTERTAG C 18 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 2 HORNACEK G 31 2-8 1-1 1 2 3 4 3 1 1 6 STOCKTON G 34 6-11 6-7 2 1 3 5 3 1 1 18 ANDERSON 30 5-12 2-3 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 12 BAILEY 7 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 EISLEY 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 FOSTER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KEEFE 17 2-2 2-4 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 6 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-72 20-25 13 29 42 19 23 5 15 85 (.444) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

MACLEAN F 33 3-11 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 6 SCHREMPF F 38 4-11 9-9 0 8 8 3 4 2 0 18 POLYNICE C 32 3-7 0-0 3 5 8 0 5 1 1 6 HAWKINS G 43 6-12 4-6 2 4 6 3 1 2 2 18 PAYTON G 43 10-20 8-10 1 1 2 8 5 4 4 30 CROTTY 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 ELLIS 27 2-8 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 MCCOY 15 2-2 0-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 4 STEPANIA 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 BAKER DNP - DEEP KNEE CONTUSION LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-76 21-29 9 23 32 15 24 10 9 90 (.421) (.724) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

UTAH 10 25 19 31 - 85 SEATTLE 29 16 22 23 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, KEEFE, ANDERSON, MALONE. SEATTLE - MCCOY 2, SCHREMPF, HAWKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-12 (.083), MALONE 0-1, RUSSELL 0-6, HORNACEK 1-2, STOCKTON 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1. SEATTLE 5-20 (.250), MACLEAN 0-3, SCHREMPF 1-2, HAWKINS 2-4, PAYTON 2-6, CROTTY 0-1, ELLIS 0-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, SEATTLE - PAYTON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BRUCE ALEXANDER, JIM CAPERS. A - 17,072. T - 2:28.


Box Score

UTAH (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 12-19 5-6 4-13 4 2 29 Russell 41 3-13 4-4 1-7 3 4 10 Ostertag 18 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Hornacek 31 2-8 1-1 1-3 4 3 6 Stockton 34 6-11 6-7 2-3 5 3 18 Anderson 30 5-12 2-3 1-6 1 4 12 Bailey 7 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Eisley 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Foster 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Keefe 17 2-2 2-4 1-3 2 2 6 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 20-25 13-42 19 23 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Malone 0-1, Russell 0-6, Hornacek 1-2, Stockton 0-2, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 2, Keefe, Anderson, Malone). Turnovers: 17 (Malone 8, Russell 2, Anderson, Eisley, Hornacek, Keefe, Stockton). Steals: 5 (Eisley, Hornacek, Malone, Ostertag, Stockton).

SEATTLE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Maclean 33 3-11 0-0 2-3 0 3 6 Schrempf 38 4-11 9-9 0-8 3 4 18 Polynice 32 3-7 0-0 3-8 0 5 6 Hawkins 43 6-12 4-6 2-6 3 1 18 Payton 43 10-20 8-10 1-2 8 5 30 Crotty 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Ellis 27 2-8 0-2 0-1 0 1 4 Mccoy 15 2-2 0-2 1-2 0 2 4 Stepania 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Baker DNP - deep knee contusion Lewis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 21-29 9-32 15 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Maclean 0-3, Schrempf 1-2, Hawkins 2-4, Payton 2-6, Crotty 0-1, Ellis 0-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Mccoy 2, Schrempf, Hawkins). Turnovers: 10 (Payton 4, Hawkins 2, Maclean, Polynice, Stepania). Steals: 10 (Payton 4, Hawkins 2, Schrempf 2, Mccoy, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Utah 10 25 19 31 - 85 Seattle 29 16 22 23 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 7:39 3rd). Seattle 2 (Payton, 2:47 2nd; Illegal Defense, 5:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Seattle 1 (Payton, 1:38 2nd). A: 17,072. T: 2:28. Officials: Steve Javie, Bruce Alexander, Jim Capers.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- In a battle of two of the NBA's top five scorers, Gary Payton won his duel with Karl Malone.

Payton scored 30 points as the Seattle SuperSonics nearly blew a 24-point lead but held on for a 90-85 triumph over the Utah Jazz.

Detlef Schrempf sank a pair of free throws to give Seattle an 88-85 cushion with 15 seconds left. Utah looked to John Stockton to tie it, but his 3-pointer was off the rim and corraled by Schrempf. He made two more foul shots to provide the final margin.

Seattle converted 8-of-10 free throws in the final 34 seconds to clinch the victory.

"All games are playoffs games for us right now," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "We had a lot of energy tonight. We have the confidence to know we can beat the good teams. This team still has some fight left in it."

Schrempf and Hersey Hawkins netted 18 points apiece, helping the Sonics avenge Sunday's a 98-81 thumping at Utah. Seattle has won three of its last four and split four meetings with Utah this season.

Malone finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds but Utah lost for the fourth time in six games. He entered the game ranked third in the league in scoring at 23.5 points, while Payton was fifth at 22.0.

"When Gary plays at the level he played tonight and the other guys come with their game, we have a good chance to beat them," Sonics guard Hersey Hawkins said. "I don't think Utah is the same team on the road as they are at home. I think they are very beatable."

Despite the loss, Utah outrebounded Seattle, 42-32, and is percentage points behind Portland for the best record in the league.

The Sonics are tied with Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and trail seventh-place Sacramento by one-half game.

Seattle established the tempo early, racing to a 12-4 lead in the first 4:15. Schrempf and Payton each had five during the spurt, finishing the quarter with 10 apiece as the Sonics led, 29-10.

Seattle increased the margin to 37-13 with 6:57 left in the half. But Utah began to chip away and outscored the Sonics 22-8 the rest of the second quarter to get within 45-35. Malone scored 10 in the period.

"We didn't have a very good start," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan conceded. "We had a lot of players who played uninterested and you can't play that way and have a chance."

"I think to start the game off, the Sonics did pretty much anything they wanted to do against us," Malone added. "When teams play you like that, you have to be aggressive and go to the basket. They're fighting for their playoff lives."

Payton and Malone continued their duel in the third quarter, scoring 10 and eight points, respectively. The Sonics carried a 67-54 advantage into the final quarter.

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