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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 30 19 22 25 96 UTAH 32 20 29 21 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 25, ROD STRICKLAND 16, JUWAN HOWARD 12 UTH - KARL MALONE 32, HOWARD EISLEY 18, BRYON RUSSELL 13

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 9, ISAAC AUSTIN 8 UTH - KARL MALONE 11, BRYON RUSSELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,000


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (96) AT UTAH (102)

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

HOWARD F 37 3-8 6-8 1 4 5 5 6 0 4 12 SMITH F 34 3-5 3-4 4 5 9 0 3 1 1 9 AUSTIN C 34 3-10 4-6 1 7 8 0 2 0 3 10 RICHMOND G 39 8-17 7-8 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 25 STRICKLAND G 39 7-13 2-3 0 2 2 4 1 1 4 16 J WHITE 14 3-5 0-0 4 3 7 0 2 1 1 6 A WILLIAMS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 KING 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 C WHITNEY 12 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 9 T MURRAY 16 3-5 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 7 HAMILTON 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-69 25-32 10 24 34 16 30 4 17 96 (.493) (.781) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

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

MALONE F 41 11-18 10-14 5 6 11 5 3 1 3 32 RUSSELL F 37 5-12 2-4 0 7 7 3 3 0 1 13 POLYNICE C 27 3-3 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 8 HORNACEK G 22 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 9 STOCKTON G 31 3-10 4-7 1 0 1 10 4 3 2 10 EISLEY 27 6-8 5-5 0 1 1 5 5 0 2 18 PADGETT 11 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 LEWIS 7 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 OSTERTAG 21 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 3 KEEFE 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 VAUGHN 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-73 24-34 10 24 34 29 30 5 12 102 (.507) (.706) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

WASHINGTON 30 19 22 25 - 96 UTAH 32 20 29 21 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND, T MURRAY, SMITH. UTAH - OSTERTAG 5, POLYNICE 2, MALONE 2, PADGETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-9 (.333), AUSTIN 0-1, RICHMOND 2-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, C WHITNEY 1-2, T MURRAY 0-1. UTAH 4-12 (.333), RUSSELL 1-3, HORNACEK 1-2, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 1-2, PADGETT 1-3, LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, AUSTIN, UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, STOCKTON. OFFICIALS: LEON WOOD, BILL KENNEDY, LUIS GRILLO. A - 19,000. T - 2:22.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 37 3-8 6-8 1-5 5 6 12 Smith 34 3-5 3-4 4-9 0 3 9 Austin 34 3-10 4-6 1-8 0 2 10 Richmond 39 8-17 7-8 0-1 1 4 25 Strickland 39 7-13 2-3 0-2 4 1 16 J White 14 3-5 0-0 4-7 0 2 6 A Williams 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 5 0 King 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 C Whitney 12 3-4 2-2 0-1 4 3 9 T Murray 16 3-5 1-1 0-0 1 1 7 Hamilton 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Jordan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-69 25-32 10-34 16 30 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Austin 0-1, Richmond 2-4, Strickland 0-1, C Whitney 1-2, T Murray 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Richmond, T Murray, Smith). Turnovers: 18 (Howard 4, Strickland 4, Austin 3, C Whitney, Hamilton, J White, Richmond, Smith, T Murray). Steals: 4 (A Williams, J White, Smith, Strickland).

UTAH (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 41 11-18 10-14 5-11 5 3 32 Russell 37 5-12 2-4 0-7 3 3 13 Polynice 27 3-3 2-2 2-6 0 3 8 Hornacek 22 4-7 0-0 1-2 2 2 9 Stockton 31 3-10 4-7 1-1 10 4 10 Eisley 27 6-8 5-5 0-1 5 5 18 Padgett 11 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 5 Lewis 7 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Ostertag 21 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 3 3 Keefe 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Vaughn 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-73 24-34 10-34 29 30 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Russell 1-3, Hornacek 1-2, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 1-2, Padgett 1-3, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Ostertag 5, Polynice 2, Malone 2, Padgett). Turnovers: 12 (Malone 3, Eisley 2, Keefe 2, Stockton 2, Ostertag, Russell, Vaughn). Steals: 5 (Stockton 3, Keefe, Malone). ____________________________________________ Washington 30 19 22 25 - 96 Utah 32 20 29 21 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Illegal Defense, 7:37 2nd; Austin, 7:46 4th). Utah 5 (Head Coach Sloan, 9:46 2nd; Illegal Defense 3, 4:59 3rd, 1:52 3rd, 10:44 4th; Stockton, 6:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,000. T: 2:22. Officials: Leon Wood, Bill Kennedy, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Karl Malone had 32 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and contributed to a decisive third-quarter run as the Utah Jazz posted a 102-96 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Malone, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, was coming off a stellar 29-point performance against Golden State on Saturday. But he was a little better tonight.

The 6-9 power forward, who surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time scoring list earlier this season, drained 11-of-18 shots from the floor and hit 10-of-14 at the line to lead Utah to back-to-back victories for the fourth time this season. The Jazz have yet to win three in a row.

"Like I said the other night, it's a tall mountain we got to climb," Malone said. "We've had a tough schedule to start the season, one of the toughest since I've been in the league. We could be a lot better so we got to just keep plugging away at it and really believe in each other in the locker room."

With Utah trailing 55-52 and 10:22 remaining in the third quarter, Malone and Jeff Hornacek scored five points apiece to fuel a 17-4 burst. It put the Jazz ahead for good, 69-59, with 5:17 left in the period.

"We played with a lot of intensity," Hornacek said. "There was a lot of banging, especially for offensive rebounds."

Howard Eisley scored 18 points off the bench and John Stockton had 10 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who have won seven of eight all-time meetings with the Wizards at the Delta Center.

"Tonight, the big difference was execution," said Eisley. "The guys did a good job of executing our offense, we set good screens and a lot of guys had some good looks at the basket."

"Howard did a great job for us," Malone added. "But like I said, it's a team game and, yes, Howard did a great job, but I think our bench did a good job for us, too."

Mitch Richmond scored 25 points and Rod Strickland added 16 for Washington, which has lost four in a row and six of seven overall.

Juwan Howard managed only 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting before fouling out in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who shot 49 percent (34-of-69) but yielded 19 points off turnovers.

"If we could erase that third quarter, we could've done a better job rebounding, the game would've been won on our end because we brought the fight from start to finish," Howard said.

Bryon Russell scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards for the Jazz, who shot 51 percent (37-of-73). Utah's Greg Ostertag came of the bench and blocked a season-high five shots, including one on Darrick Martin with the Jazz clinging to a 96-90 lead and 3:16 to play.

"We had a couple of good plays (in the second half)," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "Greg made a nice block. All those things add up because we haven't been getting any of those things."

Richmond drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Wizards within 99-96 with 24 seconds remaining, but Eisley and Malone combined to make 3-of-4 free throws thereafter.

After trailing 52-49 at halftime, Washington came out hot in the third quarter.

Strickland framed a pair of free throws by Ike Austin with two layups, giving the Wizards a 55-52 lead. But Stockton and Olden Polynice made consecutive baskets to spark Utah's decisive run.

"We had opportunites to win the game, but we just couldn't put it together," Strickland said.

After Richmond sank a 20-footer to again put Washington ahead, but Russell knocked down a 3-pointer, Hornacek a 15-footer and Malone was good from nine feet to make it 63-57 with 6:31 left in the third quarter.

Hornacek and Jahidi White exhchanged baskets before Malone drew a foul from Richmond while making a layup. "The Mailman" added the ensuing free throw to up the advantage to 69-59 with 5:17 to go.

"We had a stretch in the third quarter where we just gave them too many second chances," Washington coach Gar Heard said. "In the fourth quarter, we had a chance to make some plays and we didn't make them. We're just still struggling."

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