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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 25 18 29 29 101 WASHINGTON 26 18 13 23 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 34, JEFF HORNACEK 21, JOHN STOCKTON 11 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 18, MITCH RICHMOND 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, GREG OSTERTAG 6 WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 9, AARON WILLIAMS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 5, ROD STRICKLAND 5

ATT: 13,921


Extended Box

UTAH (101) AT WASHINGTON (80)

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

RUSSELL F 39 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 2 1 10 MALONE F 37 13-23 8-10 1 11 12 5 3 1 3 34 POLYNICE C 30 5-10 0-2 3 2 5 0 3 0 3 10 STOCKTON G 27 5-10 0-0 0 3 3 7 1 2 1 11 HORNACEK G 31 7-8 4-4 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 21 EISLEY 26 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 5 4 2 2 2 PADGETT 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 18 2-4 0-1 3 3 6 0 2 0 3 4 VAUGHN 11 2-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 5 CHILCUTT 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 LEWIS 10 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-79 13-19 9 25 34 24 23 11 16 101 (.532) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

SMITH F 30 5-8 2-2 4 5 9 0 3 0 1 12 HOWARD F 30 5-11 2-4 0 1 1 1 4 0 3 12 AUSTIN C 25 2-6 0-0 3 4 7 3 1 1 1 4 RICHMOND G 37 6-15 5-6 1 3 4 5 4 0 6 17 STRICKLAND G 32 6-8 6-7 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 18 J WHITE 15 2-2 0-2 0 6 6 0 1 1 2 4 T MURRAY 21 1-8 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 C WHITNEY 14 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 A WILLIAMS 20 2-3 1-2 2 6 8 0 4 1 2 5 JORDAN 11 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 1 3 3 KING 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 PROFIT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 30-67 20-29 11 28 39 18 21 7 22 80 (.448) (.690) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

UTAH 25 18 29 29 - 101 WASHINGTON 26 18 13 23 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 3, OSTERTAG 2, RUSSELL. WASHINGTON - AUSTIN 3, SMITH, J WHITE, T MURRAY, A WILLIAMS, JORDAN, PROFIT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-8 (.500), RUSSELL 0-2, STOCKTON 1-1, HORNACEK 3-3, EISLEY 0-1, LEWIS 0-1. WASHINGTON 0-9 (.000), RICHMOND 0-1, T MURRAY 0-4, C WHITNEY 0-4. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY. A - 13,921. T - 2:08.


Box Score

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 39 5-9 0-0 0-3 4 3 10 Malone 37 13-23 8-10 1-12 5 3 34 Polynice 30 5-10 0-2 3-5 0 3 10 Stockton 27 5-10 0-0 0-3 7 1 11 Hornacek 31 7-8 4-4 0-1 2 2 21 Eisley 26 1-7 0-0 0-1 5 4 2 Padgett 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ostertag 18 2-4 0-1 3-6 0 2 4 Vaughn 11 2-2 1-2 1-1 1 1 5 Chilcutt 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Lewis 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Keefe DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-79 13-19 9-34 24 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Russell 0-2, Stockton 1-1, Hornacek 3-3, Eisley 0-1, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Malone 3, Ostertag 2, Russell). Turnovers: 16 (Malone 3, Ostertag 3, Polynice 3, Eisley 2, Vaughn 2, Lewis, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 11 (Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Chilcutt, Malone, Vaughn).

WASHINGTON (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Smith 30 5-8 2-2 4-9 0 3 12 Howard 30 5-11 2-4 0-1 1 4 12 Austin 25 2-6 0-0 3-7 3 1 4 Richmond 37 6-15 5-6 1-4 5 4 17 Strickland 32 6-8 6-7 0-0 5 0 18 J White 15 2-2 0-2 0-6 0 1 4 T Murray 21 1-8 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 C Whitney 14 0-4 0-0 0-2 3 2 0 A Williams 20 2-3 1-2 2-8 0 4 5 Jordan 11 1-2 1-2 1-1 1 1 3 King 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Profit 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 20-29 11-39 18 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Richmond 0-1, T Murray 0-4, C Whitney 0-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Austin 3, Smith, J White, T Murray, A Williams, Jordan, Profit). Turnovers: 23 (Richmond 6, Howard 3, Jordan 3, A Williams 2, J White 2, Strickland 2, Austin, Profit, Smith, T Murray). Steals: 7 (Strickland 2, A Williams, Austin, J White, Jordan, T Murray). ____________________________________________ Utah 25 18 29 29 - 101 Washington 26 18 13 23 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Richmond, 2:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 7:52 3rd). A: 13,921. T: 2:08. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jazzman, Utah's No. 1 NBA roadie, displayed a sign from his MCI Center courtside seat that read: "Too Old, Too Tired, Too Much For You!"

Karl Malone and his Jazz men were just that in racing to a 101-80 victory over the Washington Wizards, their sixth straight victory.

The flip side of Jazzman's card read: "2 Down, 5 To Go." Don't look now, but the Jazz are staging another unbeaten road show.

After trailing 44-43 at halftime, Utah (14-7) turned up its defensive intensity and turned Malone loose at the other end, where he scored 34 points on 13-for-23 shooting.

"We came in here at halftime and coach (Jerry) Sloan told us that they shot 57 percent and we all kind of looked around like, `Wow,'" said Jazz center Olden Polynice, who scored a season-high 10 points. "We knew they shot well, but not that well. Nothing else was said. And he phrased it sarcastically, and we knew what he meant.

"So we just said, `Hey, let's get in them.' It wasn't anything by design; guys just buckled down. That's the beauty of playing on this team. We don't make the same mistakes over and over again. We find ways to end it. And that's what we did in the second half."

That and go to Malone, whom the Wizards chose to defend straight up. Malone also grabbed 12 rebounds as he led the Jazz in scoring and rebounding for the 12th straight game.

"We obviously think very highly of Karl regardless of who's up against him," said Jazz guard John Stockton, who had 11 points and seven assists. "We have to go through him to be successful. And he was terrific tonight."

"Ah, that guy (stinks)," joked guard Jeff Hornacek, who scored 21 points. "That's what we expect out of him every night. It's probably unfair, but our plays are set up to get him shots like that. And when he makes them, everybody goes good. They've got to help out on him, and that opens up other guys.

"We've run into some teams lately that have played him 1-on-1 and they did that tonight. And that's what we want. Once he started hitting that turnaround jumper, it was over."

Once Utah began making stops, Malone worked his magic. The Jazz limited the Wizards to 17 percent (3-of-18) from the field while shooting 62.5 percent (10-of-16) in the third quarter and turning a one-point halftime deficit into a 72-57 lead entering the final quarter.

"Anytime you can hold a team to 16 percent and you get some rhythm going, and then you stretch the lead by playing good defense, then we're going to score points," Malone explained. "We're starting to stop people on defense. Our offense has always worked. They used to call it the Predictable Jazz, but now a lot of people are running it. But our defense is starting to pick up, and whenever we play defense, we can play with anybody in the league anywhere."

Rod Strickland scored a season-high 18 points and Mitch Richmond added 17 for the Wizards, who were coming off a win at San Antonio but lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Utah swept the season series and has won 21 of the last 25 meetings with Washington.

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