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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 20 26 18 87 UTAH 19 24 25 24 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 26, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 19, ARVYDAS SABONIS 11 UTH - KARL MALONE 24, BRYON RUSSELL 19, JEFF HORNACEK 14

HIGH REBOUND: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 9, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8 UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 9, KARL MALONE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, KARL MALONE 3

ATT: 19,538


Extended Box

PORTLAND (87) AT UTAH (92)

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

PIPPEN F 38 4-9 0-0 2 6 8 5 2 0 5 9 WALLACE F 25 4-8 0-2 2 2 4 2 6 1 0 8 SABONIS C 36 3-8 5-6 2 7 9 3 2 0 0 11 SMITH G 37 6-14 13-16 3 1 4 0 4 0 1 26 STOUDAMIRE G 36 7-15 3-4 1 5 6 4 3 3 1 19 SCHREMPF 28 3-6 1-2 0 5 5 2 4 0 0 7 AUGMON 10 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 WELLS 11 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 3 1 2 ANTHONY 11 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 ONEAL 7 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 HARVEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-73 23-31 12 28 40 19 27 7 10 87 (.411) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 6-11 12-14 3 5 8 3 3 1 2 24 PADGETT F 18 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 5 POLYNICE C 23 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 4 HORNACEK G 21 4-6 6-6 0 1 1 2 6 1 1 14 STOCKTON G 32 3-7 5-5 1 3 4 9 2 1 3 11 RUSSELL 37 6-12 7-9 1 8 9 1 0 1 0 19 EISLEY 19 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 6 KEEFE 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 25 1-3 3-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 CHILCUTT 9 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 2 VAUGHN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 LEWIS 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 29-67 33-38 9 25 34 20 24 5 10 92 (.433) (.868) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 20 26 18 - 87 UTAH 19 24 25 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN 3, SABONIS. UTAH - OSTERTAG 2, POLYNICE, STOCKTON, RUSSELL, MALONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-14 (.286), PIPPEN 1-3, SMITH 1-5, STOUDAMIRE 2-4, ANTHONY 0-2. UTAH 1-11 (.091), PADGETT 1-5, STOCKTON 0-2, RUSSELL 0-2, EISLEY 0-1, CHILCUTT 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WELLS, UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MARK WUNDERLICH, DEREK COLLINS. A - 19,538. T - 2:25.


Box Score

PORTLAND (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 38 4-9 0-0 2-8 5 2 9 Wallace 25 4-8 0-2 2-4 2 6 8 Sabonis 36 3-8 5-6 2-9 3 2 11 Smith 37 6-14 13-16 3-4 0 4 26 Stoudamire 36 7-15 3-4 1-6 4 3 19 Schrempf 28 3-6 1-2 0-5 2 4 7 Augmon 10 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 1 3 Wells 11 1-6 0-0 1-2 2 3 2 Anthony 11 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Oneal 7 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Harvey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 23-31 12-40 19 27 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Pippen 1-3, Smith 1-5, Stoudamire 2-4, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Pippen 3, Sabonis). Turnovers: 12 (Pippen 5, Anthony 2, Smith, Stoudamire, Wells). Steals: 7 (Stoudamire 3, Wells 3, Wallace).

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 6-11 12-14 3-8 3 3 24 Padgett 18 2-8 0-0 0-2 1 0 5 Polynice 23 2-6 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 Hornacek 21 4-6 6-6 0-1 2 6 14 Stockton 32 3-7 5-5 1-4 9 2 11 Russell 37 6-12 7-9 1-9 1 0 19 Eisley 19 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 6 Keefe 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ostertag 25 1-3 3-4 2-2 0 0 5 Chilcutt 9 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 3 2 Vaughn 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lewis 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-67 33-38 9-34 20 24 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.868. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (Padgett 1-5, Stockton 0-2, Russell 0-2, Eisley 0-1, Chilcutt 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 2, Polynice, Stockton, Russell, Malone). Turnovers: 10 (Stockton 3, Malone 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Ostertag, Padgett, Polynice). Steals: 5 (Hornacek, Malone, Padgett, Russell, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Portland 23 20 26 18 - 87 Utah 19 24 25 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Wells, 8:25 4th). Utah 2 (Head Coach Sloan 2 (ejected), 1:07 2nd, 0:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,538. T: 2:25. Officials: Joe Forte, Mark Wunderlich, Derek Collins.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz made their case to remain with the elite teams in the Western Conference by knocking off the Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA's last unbeaten team.

Karl Malone had 24 points and eight rebounds and Bryon Russell added 19 and nine off the bench to lead Utah to a 92-87 victory.

Malone made 12-of-14 free throws as the Jazz shot 87 percent (33-for-38) from the line and defeated Portland for the fourth time in the last five regular-season meetings.

"I know that without a doubt (my career) is coming to an end, I know it is," said Malone. "I won't play more than what's on my contract, which is four years. That will be 18 years (total)."

Malone has 29,060 career points, putting him within 217 of Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time list.

"When I first came into the league I wanted to stay with the same team, I wanted to win a championship and play 20 years," he added. "Now I just want one of them, and that is to win a championship. I know that I am going to stay with the same team for the rest of my career."

John Stockton added 11 points and nine assists for Utah, which had its bid for a third straight trip to the NBA Finals stopped when they lost in six games to the Blazers in last season's Western Conference semifinals.

"I think every win is important for building your confidence," Stockton said. "You know being the type of team that they are that was a terrific win for us at this stage. We still have a long ways to go. We have to sit back and think about it, but the win helps."

Jeff Hornacek contributed 14 points in 21 minutes for the Jazz before fouling out with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter.

Steve Smith scored 26 points and Damon Stoudamire added 19 and six rebounds for Portland, which had won its first four games by an average of 17.5 points.

"We had some good shots that we didn't make. The other area that I wasn't really pleased with was at the offensive boards, particularly in the first half," said Portland coach Mike Dunleavy.

Arvydas Sabonis had 11 points and nine rebounds and Scottie Pippen collected nine points, eight boards and five assists for the Blazers, who shot 74 percent (23-for-31) from the foul line.

Portland forward Rasheed Wallace returned to the lineup after missing one game with a groin injury and had eight points and four rebounds before fouling out with 4:47 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz went ahead for good, 74-72, when Howard Eisley made a running jumper with 9:18 left in the fourth. Russell, who was 7-of-9 from the line, converted two foul shots to cap a 9-0 burst and give Utah a 79-72 advantage with 7:20 left.

Pippen answered with a layup 15 seconds later, but after each team missed shots on their next possessions, Russell sank a 17-footer to give the Jazz an 81-74 lead with 6:10 to play.

Portland could not trim the deficit until Detlef Schrempf nailed an 18-footer from the right sideline to make it 90-86 with 47 seconds remaining. Schrempf, who had seven points and five boards, grabbed the rebound after Stockton missed a jumper at the other end. But Pippen's 3-pointer from the right wing hit the front of the rim and Russell sent an outlet pass to Malone, who made two shots after getting fouled by Smith.

The Jazz converted 18-of-19 free throws in the second half.

"We didn't make the shots that we needed to make and we just lost on some of the little things -- boxing guys out, beating them to loose balls," Pippen said.

Neither team shot well in the first half that ended, 43-43, after Stockton made two foul shots with four-tenths of a second to play.

The third period featured four more deadlocks and the Jazz took a 69-68 edge into the final period. Portland's final lead was 72-70 on two free throws by Schrempf 86 seconds into the fourth quarter.

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