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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 18 20 34 31 103 TORONTO 15 15 27 31 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 28, BRYON RUSSELL 17, JEFF HORNACEK 16 TOR - VINCE CARTER 16, KEVIN WILLIS 16, ALVIN WILLIAMS 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 14, OLDEN POLYNICE 7 TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 10, ANTONIO DAVIS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 6, JOHN STOCKTON 5 TOR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,163


Extended Box

UTAH (103) AT TORONTO (88)

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

MALONE F 33 8-16 12-14 2 12 14 1 4 3 3 28 RUSSELL F 41 5-7 6-6 2 0 2 3 5 1 0 17 POLYNICE C 25 2-5 0-0 0 7 7 2 5 0 0 4 HORNACEK G 35 5-10 5-5 1 3 4 3 2 2 3 16 STOCKTON G 25 4-8 4-5 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 12 EISLEY 24 2-7 3-3 0 2 2 6 4 0 1 8 KEEFE 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 LEWIS 15 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 OSTERTAG 14 5-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 10 VAUGHN 6 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 CHILCUTT 13 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 2 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 35-72 30-33 9 30 39 22 31 7 12 103 (.486) (.909) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

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

CARTER F 36 7-16 2-7 1 5 6 3 4 1 2 16 OAKLEY F 30 2-4 0-0 1 6 7 3 5 1 0 4 DAVIS C 24 1-6 5-6 5 5 10 2 5 0 5 7 BROWN G 25 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 3 CHRISTIE G 20 2-5 3-4 1 0 1 1 3 0 4 8 MCGRADY 26 3-12 4-7 4 1 5 2 0 0 1 11 BOGUES 17 1-5 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 K WILLIS 25 3-9 10-12 5 5 10 0 3 0 1 16 CURRY 11 0-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 THOMAS 7 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 A WILLIAMS 13 5-6 3-4 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 14 STEWART 6 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 27-77 30-44 19 27 46 16 26 3 15 88 (.351) (.682) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

UTAH 18 20 34 31 - 103 TORONTO 15 15 27 31 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - POLYNICE 2. TORONTO - MCGRADY, CHRISTIE, STEWART. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-5 (.600), RUSSELL 1-1, HORNACEK 1-1, EISLEY 1-2, CHILCUTT 0-1. TORONTO 4-11 (.364), CARTER 0-2, BROWN 1-3, CHRISTIE 1-1, MCGRADY 1-1, CURRY 0-3, A WILLIAMS 1-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH CARTER 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 18,163. T - 2:17.


Box Score

UTAH (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 33 8-16 12-14 2-14 1 4 28 Russell 41 5-7 6-6 2-2 3 5 17 Polynice 25 2-5 0-0 0-7 2 5 4 Hornacek 35 5-10 5-5 1-4 3 2 16 Stockton 25 4-8 4-5 0-0 5 3 12 Eisley 24 2-7 3-3 0-2 6 4 8 Keefe 8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Lewis 15 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Ostertag 14 5-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 10 Vaughn 6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Chilcutt 13 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 30-33 9-39 22 31 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Russell 1-1, Hornacek 1-1, Eisley 1-2, Chilcutt 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Polynice 2). Turnovers: 12 (Hornacek 3, Malone 3, Vaughn 2, Eisley, Keefe, Lewis, Ostertag). Steals: 7 (Malone 3, Hornacek 2, Russell, Stockton).

TORONTO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 36 7-16 2-7 1-6 3 4 16 Oakley 30 2-4 0-0 1-7 3 5 4 Davis 24 1-6 5-6 5-10 2 5 7 Brown 25 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 3 Christie 20 2-5 3-4 1-1 1 3 8 Mcgrady 26 3-12 4-7 4-5 2 0 11 Bogues 17 1-5 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 K Willis 25 3-9 10-12 5-10 0 3 16 Curry 11 0-6 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Thomas 7 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 A Williams 13 5-6 3-4 1-1 2 1 14 Stewart 6 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-77 30-44 19-46 16 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Carter 0-2, Brown 1-3, Christie 1-1, Mcgrady 1-1, Curry 0-3, A Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcgrady, Christie, Stewart). Turnovers: 15 (Davis 5, Christie 4, Carter 2, Bogues, Brown, K Willis, Mcgrady). Steals: 3 (Bogues, Carter, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Utah 18 20 34 31 - 103 Toronto 15 15 27 31 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 3 (Illegal Defense, 6:00 1st; Head Coach Carter 2 (ejected), 11:36 2nd, 12:00 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,163. T: 2:17. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- During the Utah Jazz's longest road trip of the season, Karl Malone isn't doing any holiday shopping.

Malone scored 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and powered a pivotal surge as the Jazz began their seven-game trip with their fifth straight victory, 103-88 over the Toronto Raptors.

This was the first of seven games in 11 days for the Jazz, who don't return to Salt Lake City until two days before Christmas.

"We have a history of playing well before Christmas," Malone said. "On the road, we have less distractions, Christmas shopping and all that. Let your wife do that. I don't think there's any wife in America that doesn't know how to shop."

Bryon Russell scored 17 points and Jeff Hornacek added 16 for the Jazz, who displayed their usual excellent execution on both ends. Utah shot 49 percent (35-of-72) while holding Toronto to 35 percent (27-of-77).

"I think we're getting back to a level where we are playing with some determination," Hornacek said. "Guys are willing to help each other out defensively."

"It was a typical Utah Jazz game but not a typical Toronto Raptors game," Raptors guard Dee Brown said.

Malone scored eight points in a 17-4 run over a 4:20 span of the second and third quarters. He helped turn a tie game into a 45-32 advantage early in the third quarter.

The Jazz cruised from there, leading by as many as 27 points, as they avenged a 100-87 home loss to the Raptors on November 26. Utah is 6-2 all-time against Toronto.

"They came into our place and did everything that we did tonight," Malonme said. "They were very physcial with us. Whenever you lose to a team that way, you like to get that game back. We're out on the road for seven games and it's so important to start out with a win."

Kevin Willis had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Vince Carter was limited to 16 points for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak to drop out of first place in the Central Division.

"Every team will go through this. What team doesn't lose two, three or even four in a row?" Willis said. "You have to mentally bounce back and that's the tough part."

Ninth in the NBA at 23.2 points per game, the high-flying Carter was somewhat contained, making 7-of-16 shots and just 2-of-7 free throws.

"Vince was never able to get that big dunk and get the crowd going," Malone said.

A jumper by Tracy McGrady forged a 28-28 tie with 3:11 left in the second quarter but was Toronto's last basket of the first half. Malone made four free throws around a pair by Russell before two from Antonio Davis left Utah with a 34-30 lead.

Malone and John Stockton closed the first half with layups and Hornacek opened the second half with a free throw, following a technical foul on Raptors coach Butch Carter, and a jumper for a 41-30 bulge with 11:28 left.

"The third quarter started out whistle, whistle, whistle," Butch Carter said. "I didn't like the whistle and that's all I'm gonna say."

A jumper by Toronto's Charles Oakley was answered by jumpers from Russell and Malone that made it 45-32 a minute later. The lead never dipped below double digits thereafter.

Two free throws by Hornacek closed the period, gave the Jazz a 72-57 lead and triggered a 20-6 run. Butch Carter drew a second technical to start the fourth quarter and was ejected. Howard Eisley scored all eight of his points and Greg Ostertag added six to give Utah its largest lead at 90-63 with 8:05 to play.

"It was a last resort. I just wasn't going to let us get beat up," Butch Carter said.

Stockton scored 12 points and Ostertag added 10 for the Jazz, who made 30-of-33 free throws and 3-of-5 3-pointers.

"I thought we never gave them any big runs or allowed them to gain any momentum," Stockton said. "The fans can't get into it if their guys aren't making any shots. We deserve some credit defensively but they missed a lot of open shots and free throws."

Alvin Williams scored a season-high 14 points and McGrady added 11 on just 3-of-12 shooting for the Raptors, who made 30-of-44 free throws and held a 46-39 rebounding advantage.

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