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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 21 17 24 26 88 NEW YORK 14 16 25 24 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 30, BRYON RUSSELL 19, JEFF HORNACEK 13 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 20, PATRICK EWING 18

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 8, OLDEN POLYNICE 8 NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, KURT THOMAS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, HOWARD EISLEY 4 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, CHRIS CHILDS 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

UTAH (88) AT NEW YORK (79)

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

MALONE F 36 11-20 8-10 0 5 5 2 3 0 2 30 RUSSELL F 42 5-11 7-10 2 6 8 2 3 3 2 19 POLYNICE C 27 4-7 0-2 4 4 8 1 2 0 1 8 HORNACEK G 31 5-10 1-1 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 13 STOCKTON G 35 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 12 5 3 4 8 EISLEY 18 1-5 3-4 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 5 LEWIS 7 0-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 OSTERTAG 18 1-2 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 3 GILLIAM 15 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 2 KEEFE 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 VAUGHN 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-69 22-31 12 34 46 22 26 6 15 88 (.449) (.710) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 30 1-7 3-3 0 4 4 1 5 1 2 6 THOMAS F 28 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 0 5 4 2 2 EWING C 39 8-17 2-5 3 6 9 1 4 0 1 18 HOUSTON G 44 6-15 8-9 0 4 4 2 2 1 3 20 SPREWELL G 43 8-16 6-8 1 0 1 5 3 2 4 22 CHILDS 34 4-8 2-3 0 0 0 3 6 1 2 10 WALLACE 11 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 DUDLEY 10 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-71 22-30 7 24 31 12 29 9 14 79 (.394) (.733) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

UTAH 21 17 24 26 - 88 NEW YORK 14 16 25 24 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - RUSSELL, GILLIAM. NEW YORK - SPREWELL, HOUSTON, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-8 (.500), RUSSELL 2-2, HORNACEK 2-3, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 0-1, LEWIS 0-1. NEW YORK 1-8 (.125), L JOHNSON 1-3, HOUSTON 0-1, SPREWELL 0-2, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, SCOTT FOSTER, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,763. T - 2:32.


Box Score

UTAH (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 11-20 8-10 0-5 2 3 30 Russell 42 5-11 7-10 2-8 2 3 19 Polynice 27 4-7 0-2 4-8 1 2 8 Hornacek 31 5-10 1-1 1-3 1 2 13 Stockton 35 3-5 2-2 0-3 12 5 8 Eisley 18 1-5 3-4 0-1 4 3 5 Lewis 7 0-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Ostertag 18 1-2 1-2 2-6 0 3 3 Gilliam 15 1-5 0-0 2-6 0 1 2 Keefe 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Vaughn 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 22-31 12-46 22 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Russell 2-2, Hornacek 2-3, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 0-1, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Russell, Gilliam). Turnovers: 19 (Stockton 4, Eisley 2, Malone 2, Russell 2, Hornacek, Lewis, Ostertag, Polynice, Vaughn). Steals: 6 (Russell 3, Stockton 3).

NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 30 1-7 3-3 0-4 1 5 6 Thomas 28 1-4 0-0 0-6 0 5 2 Ewing 39 8-17 2-5 3-9 1 4 18 Houston 44 6-15 8-9 0-4 2 2 20 Sprewell 43 8-16 6-8 1-1 5 3 22 Childs 34 4-8 2-3 0-0 3 6 10 Wallace 11 0-3 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 Dudley 10 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 3 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 22-30 7-31 12 29 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (L Johnson 1-3, Houston 0-1, Sprewell 0-2, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Sprewell, Houston, Ewing). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Houston 3, Childs 2, L Johnson 2, Thomas 2, Ewing). Steals: 9 (Thomas 4, Sprewell 2, Childs, Houston, L Johnson). ____________________________________________ Utah 21 17 24 26 - 88 New York 14 16 25 24 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 6:26 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:32. Officials: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Age can't be an excuse. Not against the Utah Jazz.

Karl Malone scored 10 of his 30 points in the final eight minutes as Utah defeated the New York Knicks, 88-79, in a battle of two of the NBA's oldest and best defensive teams.

Two days after New York coach Jeff Van Gundy called his players old, they shot just 39 percent (28-of-71) from the field against the Jazz, who are built around three of the oldest players in the league.

The Knicks played for the third time in four days, including Friday's 83-70 loss at Atlanta, and dropped two games behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division.

"We are in a funk right now and we are going to have to find our way out of it," Van Gundy said. "We are just not making the shots we have to make to win. It's not the bodies, it is just (finding) productive bodies that make the team function well."

Bryon Russell added 19 points for Utah, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place San Antonio in the Midwest Division, winning for the 11th time in 13 games overall and against New York.

The Jazz and Knicks entered the day fifth and second overall defensively in the NBA, allowing 92.3 and 90.4 points per game, respectively.

The Knicks cut a 15-point deficit to 62-59 with 10:34 left and Malone and fellow Jazz All-Star John Stockton chatting at the scorers' table while waiting to get back in the game.

"We're not gonna tell what we said. It would probably surprise you, too," Malone said. "I don't even know if it was about basketball. It was about something else."

New York caught a bad break. Patrick Ewing hit a basket in the lane and was fouled, but referee Joey Crawford waved off the basket, calling a foul before the shot.

After a timeout, Jeff Hornacek hit a pair of jumpers around one by Armen Gilliam as Utah went ahead 68-59 with 8:49 left.

Chris Childs hit a drive with 7:05 left to get the Knicks within 70-63, but following a kicked-ball violation and two offensive rebounds, Malone finished a 73-second possession with a running jumper for a 72-63 lead.

He finished 11-of-20 from the field on a variety of shots, including a finger roll and hook in the fourth quarter.

"I got those kind of things," Malone said. "My teammates tell me, `When are you gonna do this, when are you gonna do that.' It's been working all these years, why should I change it up? So I just threw that out there for the guys.

"After 15 years in the league, I can do other things, but I'm not gonna do them until guys stop (what I normally do)."

New York later trmimed a 14-point deficit to 83-77 on a 3-pointer by Larry Johnson, but Hornacek and Russell combined for three free throws around another runner by Malone as the Jazz increased their lead to 88-77 with 42 seconds left.

Russell and Olden Polynice had eight rebounds apiece for Utah, which held a 46-31 advantage on the boards.

Hornacek, 36, finished with 13 points and Stockton, 37, added eight and 12 assists for the Jazz, who shot 45 percent from the field (31-of-69).

"We understand our strengths and our weaknesses, just try to use them," Stockton said. "Yes, we're old, but we use each other."

Malone, 36, Stockton and Hornacek -- the trio that led the Jazz to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998 -- are the oldest starters in the league at power forward, point guard and shooting guard, respectively.

"They may be older but they certainly haven't gotten any dumber," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "The thing about basketball is that if you play with great intelligence, rather than just with athletic ability, you can still be successful.

"We are fortunate enough to have guys that still have athletic ability and play with a great deal of intelligence."

Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points and Allan Houston added 20 for the Knicks, who lost for only the second time in 10 home games and failed to overcome a double-digit deficit for the first time in four contests at Madison Square Garden.

"You can't do that against great teams, and they are a team that will make you pay for doing that," Houston said. "The thing about this league especially is you can fall into bad habits quickly. That's what we've done and we've got to try to get it back quickly, too."

Ewing, the NBA's oldest starting center at 37, had 18 points and nine rebounds. Johnson had only six points and four boards.

The Jazz completed a 3-0 road trip.

"We've got more road games left than anybody in the league and if we're gonna make some noise we're gonna have to do it out here on the road," Malone said. "When you win on the road, it makes you feel much more special because you're in hostile territory."

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