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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 30 19 33 30 112 DALLAS 24 22 30 30 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 35, JOHN STARKS 14, JOHN STOCKTON 14 DAL - STEVE NASH 24, MICHAEL FINLEY 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 20

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 10, BRYON RUSSELL 8 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 14, DIRK NOWITZKI 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, JACQUE VAUGHN 5 DAL - STEVE NASH 12, HOWARD EISLEY 3

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

UTAH (112) AT DALLAS (106)

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

MALONE F 42 9-18 17-22 2 8 10 3 4 0 3 35 RUSSELL F 37 4-7 5-6 3 5 8 4 0 1 0 13 POLYNICE C 23 3-6 1-4 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 7 STARKS G 32 5-8 2-2 1 0 1 2 3 1 0 14 STOCKTON G 33 5-6 3-5 0 1 1 9 4 4 1 14 VAUGHN 19 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 2 0 8 LEWIS 20 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 2 6 0 2 8 MARSHALL 11 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 5 OSTERTAG 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 0 MANNING 15 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 8 D BENOIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-68 34-47 10 27 37 27 30 8 12 112 (.544) (.723) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(7 PTS)

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

NAJERA F 29 3-6 0-1 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 6 NOWITZKI F 34 8-14 0-0 1 6 7 1 4 0 1 20 BRADLEY C 28 2-9 3-4 7 7 14 2 5 0 3 7 FINLEY G 45 7-16 4-4 0 3 3 2 5 2 4 20 NASH G 37 8-13 7-8 0 1 1 12 1 0 5 24 EISLEY 21 2-7 6-7 0 3 3 3 3 0 0 12 DAVIS 24 3-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 10 LAETTNER 7 0-2 3-3 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 ALEXANDER 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 VAUGHT 11 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 BUCKNER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 25-29 12 25 37 21 30 2 16 106 (.461) (.862) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

UTAH 30 19 33 30 - 112 DALLAS 24 22 30 30 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - RUSSELL. DALLAS - FINLEY, BRADLEY, NOWITZKI, VAUGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-7 (.571), STARKS 2-4, STOCKTON 1-1, LEWIS 1-2. DALLAS 11-22 (.500), NOWITZKI 4-8, FINLEY 2-5, NASH 1-3, EISLEY 2-4, DAVIS 2-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, OSTERTAG, MALONE, DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 4. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, VIOLET PALMER. A - 16,500. T - 2:20.


Box Score

UTAH (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 42 9-18 17-22 2-10 3 4 35 Russell 37 4-7 5-6 3-8 4 0 13 Polynice 23 3-6 1-4 3-6 1 3 7 Starks 32 5-8 2-2 1-1 2 3 14 Stockton 33 5-6 3-5 0-1 9 4 14 Vaughn 19 3-6 2-2 0-2 5 2 8 Lewis 20 3-8 1-2 1-4 2 6 8 Marshall 11 2-4 1-2 0-2 0 2 5 Ostertag 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 Manning 15 3-5 2-2 0-2 0 3 8 D Benoit DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-68 34-47 10-37 27 30 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.723. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Starks 2-4, Stockton 1-1, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Russell). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 3, Lewis 2, Marshall 2, Ostertag 2, Manning, Polynice, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Stockton 4, Vaughn 2, Russell, Starks).

DALLAS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Najera 29 3-6 0-1 2-3 0 4 6 Nowitzki 34 8-14 0-0 1-7 1 4 20 Bradley 28 2-9 3-4 7-14 2 5 7 Finley 45 7-16 4-4 0-3 2 5 20 Nash 37 8-13 7-8 0-1 12 1 24 Eisley 21 2-7 6-7 0-3 3 3 12 Davis 24 3-5 2-2 1-2 0 2 10 Laettner 7 0-2 3-3 0-1 1 1 3 Alexander 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Vaught 11 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Buckner DNP - sprained right foot Curley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 25-29 12-37 21 30 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 11-22, .500 (Nowitzki 4-8, Finley 2-5, Nash 1-3, Eisley 2-4, Davis 2-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Finley, Bradley, Nowitzki, Vaught). Turnovers: 17 (Nash 5, Finley 4, Bradley 3, Davis 2, Najera, Nowitzki). Steals: 2 (Finley 2). ____________________________________________ Utah 30 19 33 30 - 112 Dallas 24 22 30 30 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 4 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:00 2nd, 9:00 4th; Ostertag, 6:38 2nd; Malone, 7:34 3rd). Dallas 4 (Illegal Defense 4, 0:59 1st, 9:14 3rd, 5:00 3rd, 4:53 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:20. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Looking to establish themselves as the new kids on the block in the Midwest Division, the Dallas Mavericks ran into a pair of aging bullies that were not interested in serving as a welcoming committee.

Karl Malone and John Stockton worked their pick-and-roll to perfection, combining for 39 points after intermission as the Utah Jazz remained unbeaten and handed the Mavericks their first loss of the year with a 112-106 triumph.

The 37-year-old Malone and 38-year-old Stockton managed just 10 points between them in the first half, but Utah clung to a 49-46 lead as 42-year-old Dallas owner Mark Cuban watched his bourgeoning team from a courtside seat.

Cuban, who has made it plain that he will spend whatever it takes to help the Mavericks reach the playoffs for the first time since 1990, got a first-hand look at Utah's dynamic duo in the second half.

Malone scored 27 of his 35 points and Stockton 12 of his 14 while handing out nine assists as the Jazz pulled away in the fourth quarter for their third straight win.

"(The Mavericks) are an up-and-coming team," Malone said. "In the beginning, they were off to a great start. No respect for us. Now, they're an up-and-coming team but they lost. We're an old team. Old and wily veterans again. But we just play our game and let you guys say what you need to say."

"Well, I sure was planning on going 82-0," Dallas coach Don Nelson joked. "They are a good team. They're probably the best team in basketball early in the season. They've been together so long and have been running the same stuff that they really make you pay the price."

Malone had 15 fourth-quarter points, using his chiseled 6-9 frame to draw contact along the interior, resulting in 9-of-10 free-throw shooting over the final 12 minutes.

"Karl comes to play every day," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to coach a guy like this."

The Mavs snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Jazz and a 26-game skid at Utah on March 27 of last season. But they suffered their sixth straight home loss in the series tonight.

Steve Nash scored 24 points, including Dallas' last nine, and and added a career-high 12 assists. Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points apiece for the Mavs (2-1).

New addition John Starks provided a spark from the starting shooting guard spot with 14 points for Utah, which shot 54 percent (37-of-68) and scored 22 points off turnovers while yielding just seven.

"We came in knowing we needed to play hard to get the win," Starks said. "We made some mistakes out there and we're going to have to work on that part of our game. But the important thing was to win the ballgame. The key to getting better for us comes once we're used to playing with each other and the new guys have learned the system."

Bryon Russell had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Jazz, who ran out to an early 10-2 lead when Malone hit a 13-footer less than four minutes in.

Spurred on by the 16,500 fans at Reunion Arena, the Mavericks immediately rallied back into contention and appeared primed to move in for the kill before the Jazz's two sleeping giants awakened in the second half.

Malone opened the third quarter by hitting five free throws and Stockton sank a technical from the stripe after Dallas was slapped with its second illegal defense, giving Utah a 55-46 lead with 9:14 left in the period.

Nowitzki answered with a 17-footer and a dunk before Stockton knocked down a 15-footer. Still red-hot, Nowitzki drained a 3-pointer but Malone and Stockton combined for four more free throws and Stockton's ensuing jumper was followed by Starks' 23-footer that made it 67-57.

Dallas kept up the pressure and Utah appeared ready to wilt in the fourth quarter. Howard Eisley burned his former team with a 24-footer that gave the Mavs a 93-89 lead with 5:09 to play, bringing the crowd to its feet.

Stockton hit a technical free throw after another illegal defense, Quincy Lewis drilled a 20-footer and Russell made four from the line before Stockton hit a 3-pointer to put Utah back in front for good, 99-93, with 2:58 left.

Malone finished off the Mavs from the line thereafter.

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