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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 18 22 30 92 DALLAS 16 22 21 26 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 25, KARL MALONE 18, JEFF HORNACEK 14 DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 26, ERICK STRICKLAND 16, MICHAEL FINLEY 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 10, GREG OSTERTAG 10 DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 12, DIRK NOWITZKI 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 6, STEVE NASH 3

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT DALLAS (85)

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

MALONE F 40 8-21 2-4 3 7 10 6 2 1 3 18 RUSSELL F 36 8-13 5-6 0 3 3 0 2 3 1 25 POLYNICE C 16 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 1 0 4 HORNACEK G 35 6-11 2-2 2 5 7 0 3 2 1 14 STOCKTON G 26 2-10 4-4 0 3 3 10 1 1 3 8 EISLEY 26 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 6 4 2 2 11 OSTERTAG 28 1-2 0-0 2 8 10 0 1 0 1 2 LEWIS 12 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 VAUGHN 11 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 GILLIAM 10 3-8 2-2 5 1 6 1 2 0 1 8 KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-86 15-18 12 35 47 23 20 11 14 92 (.419) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 41 4-13 0-0 1 8 9 1 2 2 3 9 RODMAN F 31 0-0 1-2 2 10 12 2 5 0 1 1 ROOKS C 20 1-6 1-1 3 2 5 2 0 0 2 3 FINLEY G 37 6-18 2-3 2 2 4 6 2 1 1 14 PACK G 6 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 NASH 28 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 5 STRICKLAND 20 6-12 3-3 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 16 CEBALLOS 33 11-19 2-2 3 4 7 0 3 0 4 26 BRADLEY 15 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 2 2 6 DAVIS 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 BUCKNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-87 10-13 13 31 44 18 20 5 17 85 (.402) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(10 PTS)

UTAH 22 18 22 30 - 92 DALLAS 16 22 21 26 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 6, MALONE 2, EISLEY, HORNACEK, STOCKTON. DALLAS - CEBALLOS 2, NOWITZKI, BRADLEY, ROOKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-13 (.385), RUSSELL 4-7, HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 1-3, LEWIS 0-1. DALLAS 5-17 (.294), NOWITZKI 1-5, FINLEY 0-1, NASH 1-3, STRICKLAND 1-4, CEBALLOS 2-4. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - RODMAN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 18,187. T - 2:11.


Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 8-21 2-4 3-10 6 2 18 Russell 36 8-13 5-6 0-3 0 2 25 Polynice 16 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 3 4 Hornacek 35 6-11 2-2 2-7 0 3 14 Stockton 26 2-10 4-4 0-3 10 1 8 Eisley 26 5-9 0-0 0-2 6 4 11 Ostertag 28 1-2 0-0 2-10 0 1 2 Lewis 12 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Vaughn 11 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Gilliam 10 3-8 2-2 5-6 1 2 8 Keefe DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 15-18 12-47 23 20 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Russell 4-7, Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 1-3, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (Ostertag 6, Malone 2, Eisley, Hornacek, Stockton). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 3, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Gilliam, Hornacek, Lewis, Ostertag, Russell, Vaughn). Steals: 11 (Russell 3, Eisley 2, Hornacek 2, Lewis, Malone, Polynice, Stockton).

DALLAS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 41 4-13 0-0 1-9 1 2 9 Rodman 31 0-0 1-2 2-12 2 5 1 Rooks 20 1-6 1-1 3-5 2 0 3 Finley 37 6-18 2-3 2-4 6 2 14 Pack 6 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 5 Nash 28 2-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 Strickland 20 6-12 3-3 1-2 2 2 16 Ceballos 33 11-19 2-2 3-7 0 3 26 Bradley 15 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 4 6 Davis 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Buckner DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 10-13 13-44 18 20 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Nowitzki 1-5, Finley 0-1, Nash 1-3, Strickland 1-4, Ceballos 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Ceballos 2, Nowitzki, Bradley, Rooks). Turnovers: 17 (Ceballos 4, Nash 3, Nowitzki 3, Bradley 2, Rooks 2, Finley, Pack, Rodman). Steals: 5 (Bradley 2, Nowitzki 2, Finley). ____________________________________________ Utah 22 18 22 30 - 92 Dallas 16 22 21 26 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Rodman 2 (ejected), 10:28 3rd, 4:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:11. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan, George Toliver.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Usually, Dennis Rodman's antics merely cost him some money. Tonight, they cost the Dallas Mavericks a game.

Rodman's fourth-quarter ejection and the ensuing circus came in the middle of a 10-0 run by the Utah Jazz, who pulled away for a 92-85 victory.

"It hurt us," Mavericks guard Robert Pack said. "He was playing well defensively and rebounding. I think it hurt us when he went out."

"I don't have to worry about Dennis Rodman. I have to worry about the Mavericks," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "If you are going to worry about one particular guy, you're probably going to lose."

The Mavericks and Jazz were tied before Utah guard Jeff Hornacek made a jumper to trigger the decisive burst. After a 3-pointer by Bryon Russell, who scored 11 of his career-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, Rodman took center stage.

The flaky forward was whistled for a foul against nemesis Karl Malone and argued, receiving his second technical foul. As he left the court, he began pulling his No. 70 jersey out of his shorts to throw to the crowd, which has become a tradition after his ejections.

Two male fans at courtside unsuccessfully reached for it and ended up in a fistfight, with one being taken away in handcuffs. A buxom brunette ended up with the jersey and the Jazz ended up with three free throws.

"We've always had a difficult time playing against him," Sloan said. "We just come and play and see what happens. I know players have to worry about what they're doing out there on the court instead of worrying about one particular guy.

"Dennis has always had a knack for trying to keep your attention focused on him, whether he's in the stands or wherever he is. If he's walking down the street, he likes the attention focused on him. That's what players have a tendency to do. Sometimes they forget to play basketball. If you just play basketball and not go along with the nonsense then you usually should be all right."

Hornacek made the technical foul shot and Malone made both of his, giving Utah an 80-72 lead. Russell added a jumper to cap the run at 82-72 with 3:52 to play.

"We didn't pay any attention to him," Hornacek said. "I don't know what he said, but it looked like he was trying to get the next technical, too. You go into the game knowing those things are going to happen. That is his game. He is trying to get guys off their focus. On most guys he plays he does a good job of getting them off their focus but we have played him enough where we don't let it affect us."

Malone had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who beat the Mavericks for the 12th straight time. Malone also tangled with Rodman in the third quarter as a double foul was called.

"I'm not answering any Rodman questions, just Dallas Mavericks questions," Malone said. "I get ready to play every team the same. It is just the Dallas Mavericks on the schedule. It was a good win for us. We just came out down the stretch and did what we needed to do and played our game and limited them to one shot."

"He just tries to disrupt Karl and that was our main focus," Hornacek said. "I thought Karl did a good job of ignoring it all and just playing. He (Rodman) ended up getting the two technicals."

Utah won its fifth straight visit to Dallas and improved to 12-11 on the road. It remained one game behind first-place San Antonio in the Midwest Division.

Cedric Ceballos scored 26 points and fellow reserve Erick Strickland added 16 for the Mavs, who had won seven of eight prior to Rodman's arrival but are 2-4 since he joined the team. Rodman had 12 rebounds, five fouls and one point in 31 minutes.

"Dennis has a rap. Whether it's a good one or a bad one depends on the way you want to look at it," said Mavs All-Star guard Michael Finley, who was limited to 14 points. "That was put on him before he came to the Mavericks and its going to follow him for the rest of his career. Depending on who he's guarding, when they (the officials) decide who's in the wrong, they're going to pick Dennis, even though it's not him at times. That's the way it is. We just deal with it."

The Mavericks got within 86-82 on Strickland's three-point play with 1:11 remaining. Russell countered with a free throw 24 seconds later and, after Dallas' Steve Nash shot an airball, John Stockton added two more from the line with 34 seconds to go. Russell sealed it with a 3-pointer.

"It got close and then Dennis went down," Nash said. "That was a mark against us and we just missed too many shots."

Hornacek scored 14 points and Howard Eisley added 11 for the Jazz, who shot 42 percent (36-of-86) from the field and made 15-of-18 free throws. Stockton handed out 10 assists and Greg Ostertag had 10 rebounds and six blocks.

Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points -- eight below his average -- for the Mavericks, who shot 40 percent (35-of-87), including just 5-of-17 from 3-point range.

Pack, sidelined since December 16 with an ankle injury, started and scored four points in the first quarter, which ended with Utah holding a 22-16 lead. Pack aggravated the injury early in the third period and did not return.

Ceballos scored 13 points in the second quarter as Dallas moved within 40-38 at halftime. Rodman's first technical foul came after he shoved Stockton with 10:28 left in the third quarter and Hornacek made the free throw, giving Utah a 46-39 lead.

Jumpers by Malone and Hornacek widened the advantage to 11 points before Strickland rallied the Mavericks. He scored eight points in a 10-2 burst, including a driving a layup that gave Dallas a 59-58 lead with 51 seconds left.

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