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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 23 23 28 13 87 UTAH 23 11 24 22 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 21, TIM HARDAWAY 17, ANTHONY MASON 16 UTH - KARL MALONE 21, BRYON RUSSELL 14, JOHN STOCKTON 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, DUANE CAUSWELL 8 UTH - KARL MALONE 11, DONYELL MARSHALL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, ANTHONY CARTER 5 UTH - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,093


Extended Box

MIAMI (87) AT UTAH (80)

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

GRANT F 38 6-11 9-10 1 9 10 1 4 1 4 21 MASON F 39 5-9 6-9 0 6 6 1 4 0 1 16 CAUSWELL C 24 4-6 0-0 3 5 8 0 3 1 1 8 HARDAWAY G 31 8-14 0-0 0 2 2 7 3 2 4 17 JONES G 42 5-13 1-1 1 2 3 3 0 1 2 13 BOWEN 34 2-8 2-4 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 8 CARTER 17 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 4 GREEN 15 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-65 20-26 7 28 35 17 21 6 15 87 (.477) (.769) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

MALONE F 43 9-24 3-4 2 9 11 3 3 1 2 21 RUSSELL F 30 5-8 3-4 2 1 3 5 4 2 2 14 POLYNICE C 24 4-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 8 STARKS G 35 2-10 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 5 STOCKTON G 31 4-8 4-6 0 5 5 5 2 2 2 14 VAUGHN 17 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 2 MARSHALL 20 3-6 1-2 1 6 7 2 2 0 4 8 LEWIS 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 OSTERTAG 16 1-1 2-3 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 4 MANNING 10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 STEVENSON 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D BENOIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-72 13-19 9 26 35 23 24 6 13 80 (.431) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

MIAMI 23 23 28 13 - 87 UTAH 23 11 24 22 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - GRANT 2, GREEN, CAUSWELL. UTAH - POLYNICE 2, MARSHALL, MANNING, STOCKTON, STEVENSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-15 (.333), HARDAWAY 1-4, JONES 2-6, BOWEN 2-5. UTAH 5-16 (.313), MALONE 0-1, RUSSELL 1-2, STARKS 1-5, STOCKTON 2-5, MARSHALL 1-2, STEVENSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY, MASON, UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,093. T - 2:12.


Box Score

MIAMI (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 38 6-11 9-10 1-10 1 4 21 Mason 39 5-9 6-9 0-6 1 4 16 Causwell 24 4-6 0-0 3-8 0 3 8 Hardaway 31 8-14 0-0 0-2 7 3 17 Jones 42 5-13 1-1 1-3 3 0 13 Bowen 34 2-8 2-4 0-0 0 4 8 Carter 17 1-2 2-2 0-1 5 1 4 Green 15 0-2 0-0 2-5 0 2 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 20-26 7-35 17 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Hardaway 1-4, Jones 2-6, Bowen 2-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, Green, Causwell). Turnovers: 15 (Grant 4, Hardaway 4, Jones 2, Bowen, Carter, Causwell, Green, Mason). Steals: 6 (Hardaway 2, Bowen, Causwell, Grant, Jones).

UTAH (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 43 9-24 3-4 2-11 3 3 21 Russell 30 5-8 3-4 2-3 5 4 14 Polynice 24 4-7 0-0 2-3 0 2 8 Starks 35 2-10 0-0 1-1 1 2 5 Stockton 31 4-8 4-6 0-5 5 2 14 Vaughn 17 1-1 0-0 0-0 5 1 2 Marshall 20 3-6 1-2 1-7 2 2 8 Lewis 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Ostertag 16 1-1 2-3 1-4 0 3 4 Manning 10 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Stevenson 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Benoit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 13-19 9-35 23 24 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Malone 0-1, Russell 1-2, Starks 1-5, Stockton 2-5, Marshall 1-2, Stevenson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Polynice 2, Marshall, Manning, Stockton, Stevenson). Turnovers: 14 (Marshall 4, Malone 2, Russell 2, Stockton 2, Ostertag, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 6 (Russell 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Miami 23 23 28 13 - 87 Utah 23 11 24 22 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Head Coach Riley, 6:12 1st; Mason, 6:12 1st). Utah 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:42 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Hardaway, 8:07 3rd). A: 19,093. T: 2:12. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Looking to match their best start ever, the Utah Jazz ran into Brian Grant and the Miami Heat.

Grant had 21 points, 10 rebounds and hit two crucial free throws down the stretch as the Heat raced out to an early lead and held off a late rally, handing the Jazz their first loss with a tough 87-80 triumph.

"They came in here and kicked our butts in our own building," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

Grant, who entered tonight averaging 20 points and 13.5 rebounds as one of nine new players on Miami's revamped roster, connected on 6-of-11 shots and 9-of-10 free throws, giving the Heat their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Trying to match the 6-0 start of the 1998-99 squad, the Jazz pulled within 77-73 with 3:41 to play by reeling off 15 of the first 18 points in the fourth quarter.

"They hit the first eight shots of the fourth quarter, four of them were three and their defense began to tighten up but what's relevant is what you do in the last couple of minutes of a game and we did enough things to win," Miami coach Pat Riley said.

John Stockton buried a running jumper with 49 seconds left to move Utah to 83-80. Bruce Bowen missed a jumper on Miami's ensuing trip and Stockton rushed the ball up the floor before his potential tying 3-pointer rimmed out and into Grant's hands with 16 seconds left.

Grant was fouled and calmly sank both free throws, dropping Utah from the ranks of the undefeated. Cleveland also suffered its first loss of the year tonight, leaving Philadelphia (6-0) as the NBA's lone undefeated team.

"We've been struggling for the past four games by having the lead late in the game and letting teams come back and taking it in the end," Grant said. "But I think it showed a lot of character in this team to buckle down and stop them when they were having a run at home."

"I knew we were going to lose eventually but I didn't expect it tonight," Jazz center Olden Polynice said.

Karl Malone had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz.

Tim Hardaway scored 17 points and Anthony Mason added 16 for Miami, which used a 23-11 second quarter to take a 46-34 halftime lead. Eddie Jones added 13 points for the Heat, who shot 47 percent (31-of-65) and outscored the Jazz, 20-13, at the line.

"I think they came our right from the beginning and showed how they were going to be all night," Sloan said. "I think we were 4-for-20 on outside shots in the first half. That's where they kept us all night. They kept us falling away, shooting like we were afraid they were going to foul us."

"You know its the best offense in the NBA against the best defense and when you hold them to 28 points below their season average and they are at home, then you're doing something right," Riley said.

Stockton and Bryon Russell finished with 14 points apiece for Utah, which shot 43 percent (31-of-72) and forced 15 turnovers.

"They just outplayed us," Stockton said. "They outexecuted us, they were patient and moved the ball around and played good defense. We dug ourselves a hole, or let them dig a hole for us and hoped for a miracle and it didn't happen."

After battling to a 23-23 tie after one quarter, the Heat took some of the life out of the crowd of 19,093 at the Delta Center in the second period.

Jones and Bruce Bowen hit 3-pointers as Miami took the lead for good and Mason followed with a 16-footer to give the Heat a 31-27 lead with 9:05 left in the first half. Greg Ostertag hit a free throw to stem the tide but Mason made two free throws and Grant buried a 19-footer to make it 35-28 with 7:16 remaining.

Malone made a layup to get the Jazz within a bucket 4:19 before intermission but Mason hit two short jumpers and a free throw, Bowen made two from the line, Jone hit a technical free throw and Hardaway knocked down a jumper to make open a 46-34 cushion.

"Coach told me to be more aggressive and do the things that I can do," Mason said. "I won't make any excuses but it was just time to step up and come in and give what I can give to this team."

Grant scored eight third-quarter points as Miami opened a 74-58 entering the final 12 minutes. Ostertag opened the fourth quarter by converting a three-point play and Utah quickly gained momentum thereafter.

Donyell Marshall hit a free throw and a 26-footer to cut the deficit to nine points. Grant answered with a thunderous dunk as both teams struggled for baskets before Marshall hit a jumper and Stockton and Malone both made 1-of-2 from the line to shave the lead to 76-69 with 6:11 to play.

Grant made a free throw and Malone responded with a jumper and a layup as Utah cut the deficit to four with 3:41 left. After a timeout, the Heat once again found their offensive touch as Jones and Hardaway drilled jumpers and Hardaway connected again from 21 feet to make it 83-75 with 1:21 remaining.

Stockton hit a 3-pointer and a runner to get the Jazz back within three before Grant's big free throws.

"Tonight we kept waiting for when we could get a little bit of energy and try to pull the game out and we weren't capable of doing it," Sloan said.

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