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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 20 20 19 13 72 MIAMI 12 22 24 16 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 21, BRYON RUSSELL 12, JEFF HORNACEK 12 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 17, ANTHONY CARTER 16, PJ BROWN 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 11, KARL MALONE 8 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 10, PJ BROWN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, HOWARD EISLEY 6 MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

UTAH (72) AT MIAMI (74)

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

MALONE F 39 10-18 1-5 1 7 8 3 4 3 7 21 RUSSELL F 32 5-10 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 12 POLYNICE C 32 2-6 0-0 4 7 11 0 4 0 1 4 HORNACEK G 29 5-10 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 0 3 12 STOCKTON G 27 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 8 2 1 3 6 EISLEY 30 2-6 0-2 0 2 2 6 0 1 2 4 LEWIS 16 4-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 KEEFE 11 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 VAUGHN 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 OSTERTAG 14 0-2 2-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-68 7-15 8 29 37 22 18 9 20 72 (.456) (.467) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

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

BROWN F 37 7-13 0-0 3 6 9 3 2 0 1 14 MAJERLE F 43 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 2 0 6 MOURNING C 32 7-15 3-4 3 7 10 1 5 0 7 17 CARTER G 39 7-13 2-2 2 1 3 5 2 0 2 16 LENARD G 40 5-14 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 1 0 11 BUFORD 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 WALTERS 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 2 THORPE 19 3-7 0-0 2 4 6 2 1 0 2 6 WEATHERSPOON 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 STRICKLAND 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASHBURN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-76 5-6 11 27 38 23 20 5 15 74 (.434) (.833) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

UTAH 20 20 19 13 - 72 MIAMI 12 22 24 16 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG. MIAMI - MOURNING 5, MAJERLE 2, THORPE, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-9 (.333), RUSSELL 2-3, HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 0-2, EISLEY 0-1, LEWIS 1-2. MIAMI 3-15 (.200), MAJERLE 2-8, LENARD 1-6, WALTERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, LEROY RICHARDSON, SCOTT WALL. A - 15,200. T - 2:02.


Box Score

UTAH (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 10-18 1-5 1-8 3 4 21 Russell 32 5-10 0-0 1-3 2 1 12 Polynice 32 2-6 0-0 4-11 0 4 4 Hornacek 29 5-10 2-2 2-4 1 2 12 Stockton 27 2-7 2-2 0-3 8 2 6 Eisley 30 2-6 0-2 0-2 6 0 4 Lewis 16 4-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 9 Keefe 11 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Vaughn 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Ostertag 14 0-2 2-4 0-3 0 1 2 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 7-15 8-37 22 18 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.467. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Russell 2-3, Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 0-2, Eisley 0-1, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Ostertag). Turnovers: 20 (Malone 7, Hornacek 3, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Vaughn 2, Ostertag, Polynice, Russell). Steals: 9 (Malone 3, Keefe 2, Eisley, Russell, Stockton, Vaughn).

MIAMI (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 37 7-13 0-0 3-9 3 2 14 Majerle 43 2-8 0-0 0-4 2 3 6 Mourning 32 7-15 3-4 3-10 1 5 17 Carter 39 7-13 2-2 2-3 5 2 16 Lenard 40 5-14 0-0 0-4 3 2 11 Buford 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Walters 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 2 Thorpe 19 3-7 0-0 2-6 2 1 6 Weatherspoon 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Strickland 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mashburn DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 5-6 11-38 23 20 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Majerle 2-8, Lenard 1-6, Walters 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (Mourning 5, Majerle 2, Thorpe, Brown). Turnovers: 15 (Mourning 7, Carter 2, Thorpe 2, Brown, Buford, Strickland, Walters). Steals: 5 (Majerle 2, Buford, Lenard, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Utah 20 20 19 13 - 72 Miami 12 22 24 16 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 8:33 3rd, 1:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:02. Officials: Mike Mathis, Leroy Richardson, Scott Wall.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Voshon Lenard made two clutch baskets down the stretch and the Miami Heat overcame an awful start by shutting down the Utah Jazz over the final three minutes of a 74-72 victory.

Lenard, who scored 11 points, made a short jumper from the left baseline with 2:26 to play, giving Miami a 72-71 lead. He snapped a tie with a layup with 50 seconds left after the Jazz had knocked the ball out of bounds with just six seconds on the shot clock.

"We needed something quick, with six seconds left on the clock," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We went to Voshon and he made a great spin move to the basket. It was the only play we could have run."

"They didn't know what was coming and we had to get the shot off quick," Lenard said.

Neither team scored again in the frantic final seconds. Utah's Jeff Hornacek misfired on a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and teammate Karl Malone and Lenard wrestled for the rebound, forcing a jump ball. Malone won the tip but teammate Bryon Russell had his drive blocked by Alonzo Mourning.

"It thought it was right in," said Hornacek, the winner of the 1998 Long Distance Shootout at All-Star Weekend. "Stockton made a nice pass to me and I was open in the corner. You've got to make them."

"Mourning is a tough guy to get inside with and he had some blocked shots that kept us on the perimeter," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

The ball was knocked to mid-court and tracked down by Utah's John Stockton, who used a pick to free himself for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. But the shot hit the front of the rim and time expired.

Mourning battled foul trouble to collect 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat (17-8), who were held to season lows for the first quarter and first half and played without injured forward Jamal Mashburn but nevertheless reclaimed the best record in the Eastern Conference. Mashburn sat out with an ankle injury.

"For the past couple of games our defense has been saving us," Mourning said. "We need to get our offense right but it will be tough with Jamal and (Tim) Hardaway out. It puts pressure on my shoulders."

Already without injured starting point guard Tim Hardaway, the Heat will have to make due without Mashburn as well. Rookie Anthony Carter again started for Hardaway and collected 16 points and five assists while limiting Stockton to six points.

"A.C. had his best game as a member of the Heat," Riley said.

"Tonight I had a good game," Carter said. "I'm starting to feel more comfortable in the offense. I played good defense and my shot was falling. I just went out there and played hard and kept to our defensive scheme. You have to play aggressive against a guard like Stockton."

Malone scored 21 points and Russell and Hornacek each added 12 for the Jazz, who lost for the third time in four games and completed their season-high road trip at 4-3. Utah had its best defensive effort but its worst offensive effort of the season. The Jazz committed 20 turnovers and missed 8-of-15 foul shots.

"We made a couple of defensive errors," Sloan said. "You can't play on the road in a 74-72 game and have 20 turnovers and expect to win. We had our opportunities but then we stepped up and threw a very, very poor free-throw percentage. We're disappointed that we could not capitalize on 'Zo being in foul trouble."

An 8-0 surge that began late in the third quarter gave the Jazz a 63-58 lead with 10:37 to play. The Heat responded with an 8-0 run of their own and took a 66-63 lead on a basket by P.J. Brown with 5:50 to go.

Neither team led by more than three points thereafter. A pair of free throws by Mourning gave Miami a 70-67 lead with 4:11 to play but Malone made a layup and Hornacek hit a jumper to give the Jazz a 71-70 edge with 2:51 left.

Utah's final point came when Mourning was called for illegal defense with 1:26 left and Hornacek sank the technical foul shot for a 72-72 tie. Hornacek has made 62 straight free throws.

The Heat shot 43 percent (33-of-76). They made just 3-of-15 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws but held a 38-37 rebounding edge. The Jazz shot 46 percent (31-of-68).

"The Heat are a very physical team and they're going to make you stay on the perimeter as much as possible," Sloan said.

"The game went from complete frustration to a little better until it turned into a passionate fourth quarter," Riley said. "We made some big plays down the stretch. We did an excellent job of defending the pick-and-roll."

Utah scored the first eight points and jumped to a 20-12 lead after one quarter as Miami shot 26 percent (6-of-23). The Heat closed the deficit to 40-34 at hafltime but still were held to their lowest first-half total of the season.

The Jazz held a 49-44 lead when Malone missed two free throws with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Heat used a 7-2 run and tied it on a 3-pointer by Dan Majerle with 3:37 to play. Another 3-pointer by Majerle gave Miami its first lead at 58-55 with 1:09 remaining.

"It was one of the most physical games this season," Brown said. "It wasn't pretty but we'll take what we can get right now."

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