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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 33 27 28 19 107 DETROIT 32 16 20 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 31, ARMEN GILLIAM 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 DET - GRANT HILL 26, JERRY STACKHOUSE 17, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, ARMEN GILLIAM 9 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 11, ERIC MONTROSS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 9, JOHN STOCKTON 7 DET - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,712


Extended Box

UTAH (107) AT DETROIT (94)

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

MALONE F 30 13-21 5-7 4 9 13 6 1 0 0 31 RUSSELL F 29 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 4 POLYNICE C 22 5-6 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 10 HORNACEK G 20 4-7 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 11 STOCKTON G 28 5-7 1-1 0 0 0 7 1 4 2 11 EISLEY 31 0-4 0-1 0 2 2 9 2 0 0 0 VAUGHN 18 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 6 LEWIS 13 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 2 2 5 OSTERTAG 21 2-3 3-6 1 7 8 0 5 0 2 7 KEEFE 5 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 GILLIAM 21 7-12 5-5 5 4 9 0 0 0 2 19 PADGETT 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 44-82 16-24 11 31 42 31 29 8 14 107 (.537) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 39 7-18 12-17 0 3 3 3 3 0 5 26 LAETTNER F 19 4-6 4-4 2 2 4 1 4 1 1 12 MILLS C 16 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 2 1 2 HUNTER G 26 3-7 0-1 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 7 STACKHOUSE G 36 5-15 7-10 2 0 2 1 1 2 3 17 WILLIAMS 24 3-3 1-2 4 7 11 0 0 1 0 7 CURRY 15 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 M MOORE 17 4-5 1-2 1 3 4 3 4 0 0 9 CROTTY 22 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 8 MONTROSS 19 2-4 0-2 0 6 6 0 3 0 1 4 BUECHLER 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 27-40 10 27 37 17 22 8 15 94 (.457) (.675) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

UTAH 33 27 28 19 - 107 DETROIT 32 16 20 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 5, POLYNICE 2. DETROIT - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-12 (.250), RUSSELL 0-4, HORNACEK 2-2, EISLEY 0-1, VAUGHN 0-2, LEWIS 1-2, PADGETT 0-1. DETROIT 3-7 (.429), HILL 0-1, MILLS 0-1, HUNTER 1-2, CROTTY 2-3. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, , HEAD COACH GENTRY, STACKHOUSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM CLARK, SCOTT WALL. A - 15,712. T - 2:05.


Box Score

UTAH (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 30 13-21 5-7 4-13 6 1 31 Russell 29 2-8 0-0 1-3 3 3 4 Polynice 22 5-6 0-0 0-4 2 3 10 Hornacek 20 4-7 1-2 0-2 1 4 11 Stockton 28 5-7 1-1 0-0 7 1 11 Eisley 31 0-4 0-1 0-2 9 2 0 Vaughn 18 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 6 Lewis 13 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 5 5 Ostertag 21 2-3 3-6 1-8 0 5 7 Keefe 5 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 Gilliam 21 7-12 5-5 5-9 0 0 19 Padgett 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 16-24 11-42 31 29 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Russell 0-4, Hornacek 2-2, Eisley 0-1, Vaughn 0-2, Lewis 1-2, Padgett 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 5, Polynice 2). Turnovers: 14 (Gilliam 2, Lewis 2, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Hornacek, Padgett, Polynice, Vaughn). Steals: 8 (Stockton 4, Lewis 2, Russell 2).

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 7-18 12-17 0-3 3 3 26 Laettner 19 4-6 4-4 2-4 1 4 12 Mills 16 1-4 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 Hunter 26 3-7 0-1 0-2 3 3 7 Stackhouse 36 5-15 7-10 2-2 1 1 17 Williams 24 3-3 1-2 4-11 0 0 7 Curry 15 0-3 0-0 1-1 3 2 0 M Moore 17 4-5 1-2 1-4 3 4 9 Crotty 22 2-3 2-2 0-0 2 2 8 Montross 19 2-4 0-2 0-6 0 3 4 Buechler 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 27-40 10-37 17 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.675. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Hill 0-1, Mills 0-1, Hunter 1-2, Crotty 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 15 (Hill 5, Stackhouse 3, Hunter 2, Buechler, Curry, Laettner, Mills, Montross). Steals: 8 (Mills 2, Stackhouse 2, Buechler, Crotty, Laettner, Williams). ____________________________________________ Utah 33 27 28 19 - 107 Detroit 32 16 20 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 5 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:08 2nd, 3:26 2nd; , 11:12 3rd; Head Coach Gentry, 7:57 2nd; Stackhouse, 3:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,712. T: 2:05. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Clark, Scott Wall.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Whether it was Karl Malone or Armen Gilliam, the Detroit Pistons had no answer for the power forwards of the Utah Jazz.

Malone scored 31 points and Gilliam added a season-high 19 off the bench as the Jazz continued their dominance of the Pistons with a 107-94 victory.

Malone also grabbed 13 rebounds as the perennial All-Star again overpowered an opponent. Working against Christian Laettner and a smallish Pistons frontcourt, he made 13-of-21 shots.

"We just had plays and you execute them," Malone said. "We've been doing them for years. You just keep staying with what's working for you. And that's what we tried to do."

Gilliam had his best game since signing with Utah as a free agent in December. The 12-year veteran made 7-of-12 shots and pulled down nine boards.

"We had so many assists (31)," Gilliam said. "It really made it easy for us to score. They really had no answer for that."

"They came ready to play. They made shots," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "I thought we executed for the most part very well. When you do that, you give yourself an opportunity to make shots. And those guys have been knocking them down time and time again."

Stockton and Jeff Hornacek scored 11 points each for the Jazz, who shot 54 percent (44-of-82) and defeated Detroit for the 14th time in the last 16 meetings. Utah began a three-game road trip with its sixth win in seven games overall.

"We've got 10 out of 13 games on the road, so whenever we can get one, we've got to try to get it," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I didn't know what we were going to be like after we started the game."

Grant Hill scored 26 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 17 for the Pistons (28-29), who have been no more than one game above or below .500 since February 9.

"Nothing went well for us today," Stackhouse said. "They started an avalanche. Everything started going wrong for us. Didn't play well, didn't make shots. It's frustrating to be at this point and not be able to get over this hump. We just can't find a way to get over it."

Laettner had 12 points and four fouls in 19 minutes. Reserve power forward Jerome Williams fared a bit better, collecting seven points and 11 rebounds. But neither could slow Malone or Gilliam.

"They're a real good team," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "You have to play almost perfect to beat them. They just executed. With Karl shooting the ball like that, he's just tough to guard. Our execution wasn't great, offensively or defensively. You've got to know that somewhere along the line they're going to make shots."

It was the Pistons who made shots -- their first seven, in fact. But they cooled off and the Jazz heated up, shooting 64 percent in the first quarter and taking a 33-32 lead.

Detroit began the second period in opposite fashion, missing its first eight shots. Utah's reserves took charge with a 12-0 run to open the quarter. Gilliam scored seven points, completing the burst with a hook and jumper around a free throw to extend Utah's lead to 45-32 with 7:45 left before halftime.

"It seemed like they were going to push us away," Sloan said. "They got a big first quarter and we couldn't get any stops on them. We did a very poor job of trying to help each other. From that point on, it seemed our bigger people got a little more adapted to what they were doing and gave us a lot more help. Their shots weren't quite as good. I thought we played pretty well. A lot of people off the bench played well."

"I think we really started coming and helping each other out," Malone added. "We realize with Grant and Jerry, they like to take our guards 1-on-1 and post up. I think later on as we started going over helping out guys, which was our game plan, we didn't execute it early. Then we started making it tough for them."

Detroit's bench played awful and the Pistons did not score in the second period until a free throw by Hill at the 6:36 mark. Their first basket came from backup 7-footer Mikki Moore with 5:28 remaining.

The Jazz led 60-48 at halftime and put away the game in the third quarter. A basket by Hill pulled the Pistons within 71-61 with 5:06 remaining, but Stockton scored five points in a 9-2 spurt that Malone capped at 80-63 with a jumper with 3:04 left.

Sloan turned it over to his bench thereafter and Utah led by as many as 23 points. Center Greg Ostertag had seven points, eight rebounds and five blocks and guard Howard Eisley handed out nine assists.

Olden Polynice scored 10 points for the Jazz, who held a 42-37 rebounding edge. Moore scored nine points for the Pistons, who shot 46 percent (32-of-70).

"Tonight they shot 60 percent in the first half. You're not gonna win a whole lot of games when you let a team do that," Hill said. "We didn't play hard and we didn't compete. I don't care if you're up 20 or down 20, you have to play hard in this league. But tonight that just wasn't happening."

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