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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 23 18 28 21 90 UTAH 20 25 30 26 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 25, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 18, MIKE BIBBY 14 UTH - KARL MALONE 29, JEFF HORNACEK 22, BRYON RUSSELL 12

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - BRYANT REEVES 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 UTH - KARL MALONE 11, OLDEN POLYNICE 5

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 13, HOWARD EISLEY 5

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (90) AT UTAH (101)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 6-15 5-6 1 3 4 2 6 0 4 18 HARRINGTON F 32 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 3 5 REEVES C 34 2-6 5-6 3 7 10 0 2 0 1 9 BIBBY G 44 6-15 2-2 0 2 2 8 2 1 3 14 DICKERSON G 37 9-20 5-5 1 2 3 2 3 3 1 25 LONG 15 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 6 0 1 4 SCOTT 17 1-3 4-4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 7 LOPEZ 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 PARKS 10 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 4 PALACIO 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 PRICE 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 22-25 9 21 30 15 28 6 15 90 (.427) (.880) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

MALONE F 38 8-14 13-14 2 9 11 3 5 0 6 29 RUSSELL F 38 5-10 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 12 POLYNICE C 25 3-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 6 HORNACEK G 22 10-14 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 22 STOCKTON G 24 2-6 1-1 1 2 3 13 0 2 1 5 OSTERTAG 22 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 2 EISLEY 31 2-11 2-2 0 4 4 5 2 2 3 8 LEWIS 16 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 6 VAUGHN 18 3-3 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 11 CHILCUTT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 KEEFE 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-70 24-25 6 27 33 31 22 8 14 101 (.529) (.960) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

VANCOUVER 23 18 28 21 - 90 UTAH 20 25 30 26 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - REEVES 3, PARKS, BIBBY. UTAH - MALONE 3, HORNACEK, STOCKTON, POLYNICE, OSTERTAG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 4-12 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, BIBBY 0-3, DICKERSON 2-4, SCOTT 1-2, PRICE 0-1. UTAH 3-11 (.273), RUSSELL 0-2, HORNACEK 0-2, EISLEY 2-5, LEWIS 0-1, VAUGHN 1-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, ABDUR-RAHIM (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BILL SPOONER, MARC DAVIS. A - 19,911. T - 2:16.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 37 6-15 5-6 1-4 2 6 18 Harrington 32 2-5 1-2 1-3 0 2 5 Reeves 34 2-6 5-6 3-10 0 2 9 Bibby 44 6-15 2-2 0-2 8 2 14 Dickerson 37 9-20 5-5 1-3 2 3 25 Long 15 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 6 4 Scott 17 1-3 4-4 1-1 1 1 7 Lopez 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Parks 10 2-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Palacio 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Price 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 22-25 9-30 15 28 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Abdur-rahim 1-2, Bibby 0-3, Dickerson 2-4, Scott 1-2, Price 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Reeves 3, Parks, Bibby). Turnovers: 16 (Abdur-rahim 4, Bibby 3, Harrington 3, Dickerson, Long, Palacio, Parks, Reeves). Steals: 6 (Dickerson 3, Parks 2, Bibby).

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 8-14 13-14 2-11 3 5 29 Russell 38 5-10 2-2 0-2 1 3 12 Polynice 25 3-4 0-0 1-5 0 3 6 Hornacek 22 10-14 2-2 0-3 4 4 22 Stockton 24 2-6 1-1 1-3 13 0 5 Ostertag 22 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 Eisley 31 2-11 2-2 0-4 5 2 8 Lewis 16 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 6 Vaughn 18 3-3 4-4 0-1 2 1 11 Chilcutt 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Keefe 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-70 24-25 6-33 31 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.960. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Russell 0-2, Hornacek 0-2, Eisley 2-5, Lewis 0-1, Vaughn 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Malone 3, Hornacek, Stockton, Polynice, Ostertag). Turnovers: 16 (Malone 6, Eisley 3, Lewis 2, Ostertag, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Eisley 2, Lewis 2, Stockton 2, Chilcutt, Russell). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 23 18 28 21 - 90 Utah 20 25 30 26 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Illegal Defense, 4:23 1st; Abdur-rahim (ejected), 2:00 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:16. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Karl Malone scored 29 points as the Utah Jazz improved to 16-0 all-time against the road-weary Vancouver Grizzlies with an easy 101-90 triumph, giving coach Jerry Sloan his 600th win with the franchise.

Malone went to work inside on the Grizzlies, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor and using his strength along the interior to go to the line and sink 13-of-14 free throws.

"One of my goals before the game was to keep Karl Malone off the foul line," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "That's easier said than done. I thought our big guys battled but you know he's a smart guy. He's a physical guy and he's just a complete player and that's why he's going o the Hall of Fame."

Vancouver remained winless against the perennial Western Conference power since entering the NBA in 1995. The Grizzlies are 0-9 at the Delta Center.

"(The Jazz) are, as I told my team, a bunch of old dogs, but they're a bunch of smart old dogs and they've been to the pinnacle many times and we want to get there so we have to learn form teams like this here," Hollins said.

Sloan, who is in his 12th season with the Jazz, improved to 600-281 with the team he led to two NBA Finals appearances this decade. He becomes just the third coach to reach 600 wins with the same team, joining a pair of the league's biggest coaching legends, Boston's Red Auerbach and New York's Red Holzman. Sloan's career record is 694-402.

"People don't care about those kinds of things, they care about the players," Sloan siad. "Players win the games and I've been fortunate to have some good players and team officials who have had the confidence to let me stick around for a while. But all the credit for the wins should go to the team."

Michael Dickerson scored 25 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to a conference-worst 1-12 on the road. Vancouver has lost five straight away from home since snapping a 30-game road skid in Dallas on December 7.

The Grizzlies hung tough through three periods and entered the fourth quarter trailing 75-69. But Malone saved his best for last, scoring 10 points over the final 12 minutes as the Jazz pulled away for their second straight win and 10th in 13 games.

"We can compete with any team, it's just a matter of coming out and playing tough," Dickerson said. "We played tough for three quarters, but you've got to play tough at the end of the fourth quarter if you're going to win games."

Playing despite a broken nose suffered Monday against Phoenix, Utah's John Stockton handed out 13 assists. Backcourt mate Jeff Hornacek scored 22 points for the Jazz, who moved within one game of first-place San Antonio in the Midwest Division.

"It's not a matter of feeling anything special," said Hornacek, who also extended his free throw streak to 66. "You just try to stay in the flow of the game and when you have a guy like Stockton feeding you the ball and you get a couple of layups, it's easy."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter and Mike Bibby added 14 and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who yielded 23 points off turnovers. Vancouver shot 43 percent (32-of-75) and lost the battle on the boards, 33-30.

Jacque Vaughn scored 11 points off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 53 percent (37-of-70) and went a sparkling 24-of-25 at the line.

"We all have a role on this team and the guys coming off the bench know what that role is," Vaughn said.

Bibby's layup pulled Vancouver within 84-81 with 6:44 to play. But Malone battered his way through the lane, making layups on three successive trips to spark an 8-0 run as the Jazz opened a 92-81 cushion with 3:52 left.

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