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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 16 23 33 98 SEATTLE 20 25 28 22 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 21, BRYON RUSSELL 18, JOHN STOCKTON 15 SEA - GARY PAYTON 28, VIN BAKER 25, VERNON MAXWELL 18

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, GREG OSTERTAG 12 SEA - BRENT BARRY 10, RASHARD LEWIS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, BRENT BARRY 7

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

UTAH (98) AT SEATTLE (95)

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

MALONE F 37 6-13 9-10 1 11 12 5 2 1 3 21 RUSSELL F 43 7-16 4-7 0 6 6 3 3 6 1 18 POLYNICE C 23 5-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 10 HORNACEK G 29 6-12 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 3 1 14 STOCKTON G 36 5-9 4-5 0 2 2 10 1 6 1 15 EISLEY 21 2-11 0-0 2 0 2 5 3 0 2 5 OSTERTAG 25 3-4 1-1 4 8 12 0 5 0 1 7 GILLIAM 11 2-7 1-2 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 5 VAUGHN 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LEWIS 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 21-27 12 30 42 28 22 16 12 98 (.446) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

BAKER F 43 8-10 9-13 1 3 4 1 3 1 6 25 LEWIS F 32 2-6 1-1 0 9 9 2 5 0 0 5 GRANT C 38 3-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 5 1 1 6 B BARRY G 37 2-6 4-4 1 9 10 7 2 2 5 9 PAYTON G 40 10-17 4-6 0 4 4 9 1 0 6 28 FOSTER 13 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 MAXWELL 26 6-15 2-4 1 1 2 1 4 2 1 18 WILLIAMS 11 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 4 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - ACHILLES TENDONITIS STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-66 20-28 5 31 36 26 23 7 20 95 (.500) (.714) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

UTAH 26 16 23 33 - 98 SEATTLE 20 25 28 22 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 2, POLYNICE. SEATTLE - MAXWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 3-10 (.300), RUSSELL 0-3, HORNACEK 0-2, STOCKTON 1-3, EISLEY 1-1, LEWIS 1-1. SEATTLE 9-18 (.500), LEWIS 0-1, B BARRY 1-3, PAYTON 4-6, MAXWELL 4-8. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, BLANE REICHELT, NOLAN FINE. A - 17,072. T - 2:18.


Box Score

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 6-13 9-10 1-12 5 2 21 Russell 43 7-16 4-7 0-6 3 3 18 Polynice 23 5-7 0-0 2-3 0 3 10 Hornacek 29 6-12 2-2 0-2 4 2 14 Stockton 36 5-9 4-5 0-2 10 1 15 Eisley 21 2-11 0-0 2-2 5 3 5 Ostertag 25 3-4 1-1 4-12 0 5 7 Gilliam 11 2-7 1-2 2-2 1 3 5 Vaughn 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lewis 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 3 Keefe DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 21-27 12-42 28 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Russell 0-3, Hornacek 0-2, Stockton 1-3, Eisley 1-1, Lewis 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Malone 2, Polynice). Turnovers: 12 (Malone 3, Eisley 2, Polynice 2, Hornacek, Lewis, Ostertag, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 16 (Russell 6, Stockton 6, Hornacek 3, Malone).

SEATTLE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 43 8-10 9-13 1-4 1 3 25 Lewis 32 2-6 1-1 0-9 2 5 5 Grant 38 3-5 0-0 2-5 1 5 6 B Barry 37 2-6 4-4 1-10 7 2 9 Payton 40 10-17 4-6 0-4 9 1 28 Foster 13 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 Maxwell 26 6-15 2-4 1-2 1 4 18 Williams 11 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 Borrell DNP - coach's decision Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - achilles tendonitis Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-66 20-28 5-36 26 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Lewis 0-1, B Barry 1-3, Payton 4-6, Maxwell 4-8). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Maxwell). Turnovers: 20 (Baker 6, Payton 6, B Barry 5, Grant, Maxwell, Williams). Steals: 7 (B Barry 2, Maxwell 2, Baker, Grant, Williams). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 16 23 33 - 98 Seattle 20 25 28 22 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Head Coach P Westphal, 3:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Seattle 1 (Maxwell, 0:13 1st). A: 17,072. T: 2:18. Officials: Hugh Evans, Blane Reichelt, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Execution, execution, execution.

Three times, the Utah Jazz needed baskets in the final 80 seconds, and three times John Stockton found a way, setting up two baskets by Karl Malone and one by Jeff Hornacek, and handing the Seattle SuperSonics a 98-95 loss.

With just over a minute left and Utah up 92-91, Stockton started a spinning drive into the paint. When the Sonics double-teamed him, he passed to Malone, who nailed a 12-foot jumper for his first basket of the second half.

Vin Baker answered for Seattle, taking a bounce pass from Gary Payton and spinning to nail a 12-footer over 7-foot center Greg Ostertag that brought the Sonics within 94-93 with 50 seconds left.

Stockton drove into the left corner behind a screen from Malone and as Hornacek cut to the basket, he threaded a pass along the baseline. Hornacek caught the ball in perfect position for an uncontested layup.

The Sonics again had a response. Payton drove the lane and as the Jazz converged to close his path to the basket he spun and found Horace Grant, who coolly hit an 18-footer that made it 96-95 with 29.9 seconds left.

Stockton worked the clock down before feeding Malone, who was isolated on the left side against Grant. Malone patiently pump-faked, working some time off the clock and getting Grant off him so he could hit the 12-footer that gave Utah a three-point lead with 6.2 seconds to go.

"You have to give him all the credit," Grant said. "He wanted to take it and I knew he was going to take it, I could see he wanted to take it. If I had it to do over again I guess I'd put him on the line."

The Sonics called timeout, but only got a wild 3-point attempt by Vernon Maxwell.

"They're a tough team to play, it's a good win," Stockton said. "Right now I think we're playing OK. We're understanding what we're trying to accomplish defensively, everybody's on the same page."

Malone finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Byron Russell scored 18 points and Stockton had 15 and 10 assists.

The Jazz, who lead the Midwest Division, improved to 20-13 on the road and won for the 19th time in 22 games.

Payton led Seattle with 28 points and 10 assists. Baker added 25 points and Maxwell had 18. Brent Barry had 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Sonics, who have lost three straight and four of their last five at home as they fell into eighth place in the Western Conference, percentage points behind Sacramento.

It was the second straight game that the Sonics blew a big fourth quarter lead. They had a 10-point lead against Detroit on Wednesday, and led Utah by nine early in the fourth tonight.

"We've been losing to some really good teams in some really close games," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "It's hard to get any breaks. We just have to get together. It's a tough thing, we're not going to give up. We're going to turn this around. We hate to lose."

Malone and Stockton might be the legendary forward-guard combo in the NBA, but in the third quarter it looked like Baker and Payton was the pair for the ages. The two Sonics hooked up again and again as Seattle built a 73-65 lead and seemed on the verge of blowing open a close game.

Payton repeatedly fed Baker in the low block and the 6-11 forward responded, scoring 10 straight Sonics' points after Payton spread the Jazz defense with back-to-back 3-pointers.

Baker had been listed as questionable before the game because of a strained left hamstring, but with the Sonics shorthanded at forward he suited up. The Jazz played without forward Ruben Patterson, who has tendinitis in both Achilles tendons.

The Jazz led 26-20 after one quarter on the strength of Russell's 11 points, but the Sonics came back in the second period and led by as many as eight points.

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