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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 17 23 16 23 79 SAN ANTONIO 25 21 23 17 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 15, JOHN STOCKTON 14, BRYON RUSSELL 11 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 15, DEREK ANDERSON 15, SEAN ELLIOTT 11

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, BRYON RUSSELL 7 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 12, DAVID ROBINSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - KARL MALONE 7, JOHN STOCKTON 4 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 6, DEREK ANDERSON 4

ATT: 18,053


Extended Box

UTAH (79) AT SAN ANTONIO (86)

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

MALONE F 38 7-19 1-2 3 9 12 7 1 1 6 15 RUSSELL F 31 3-10 3-6 2 5 7 2 3 0 2 11 POLYNICE C 17 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 STARKS G 22 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 6 STOCKTON G 31 4-9 4-5 2 2 4 4 1 1 3 14 VAUGHN 17 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 3 1 1 2 6 OSTERTAG 19 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 LEWIS 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 MARSHALL 25 1-8 5-6 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 7 MANNING 21 5-11 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 10 STEVENSON 9 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 D BENOIT 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 30-77 14-21 11 36 47 18 21 4 18 79 (.390) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 43 6-15 3-4 2 10 12 3 1 2 1 15 S ELLIOTT F 22 4-9 2-4 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 11 ROBINSON C 31 3-8 2-2 2 7 9 0 4 1 2 8 ANDERSON G 30 6-15 2-3 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 15 JOHNSON G 29 3-8 0-0 1 0 1 6 1 3 2 6 FERRY 26 3-4 0-1 0 1 1 1 2 5 0 8 ROSE 21 2-9 4-4 6 2 8 2 1 0 0 8 DANIELS 19 5-7 0-1 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 10 PORTER 18 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 5 WALKER 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-82 13-19 12 29 41 22 15 13 9 86 (.415) (.684) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

UTAH 17 23 16 23 - 79 SAN ANTONIO 25 21 23 17 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MALONE 3, OSTERTAG 2, STOCKTON, MANNING, MARSHALL. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON 3, FERRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-11 (.455), RUSSELL 2-4, STARKS 0-1, STOCKTON 2-2, VAUGHN 1-1, LEWIS 0-1, MARSHALL 0-1, MANNING 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 5-13 (.385), S ELLIOTT 1-2, ANDERSON 1-4, JOHNSON 0-1, FERRY 2-3, DANIELS 0-1, PORTER 1-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, (JAMES CAPERS, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,053. T - 2:04.


Box Score

UTAH (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 7-19 1-2 3-12 7 1 15 Russell 31 3-10 3-6 2-7 2 3 11 Polynice 17 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Starks 22 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 2 6 Stockton 31 4-9 4-5 2-4 4 1 14 Vaughn 17 2-4 1-2 0-3 3 1 6 Ostertag 19 0-0 0-0 0-4 1 3 0 Lewis 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Marshall 25 1-8 5-6 0-3 0 2 7 Manning 21 5-11 0-0 2-5 1 3 10 Stevenson 9 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 D Benoit 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 14-21 11-47 18 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Russell 2-4, Starks 0-1, Stockton 2-2, Vaughn 1-1, Lewis 0-1, Marshall 0-1, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Malone 3, Ostertag 2, Stockton, Manning, Marshall). Turnovers: 18 (Malone 6, Stockton 3, Russell 2, Stevenson 2, Vaughn 2, Manning, Marshall, Starks). Steals: 4 (Malone, Manning, Stockton, Vaughn).

SAN ANTONIO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 6-15 3-4 2-12 3 1 15 S Elliott 22 4-9 2-4 0-2 1 3 11 Robinson 31 3-8 2-2 2-9 0 4 8 Anderson 30 6-15 2-3 1-4 4 1 15 Johnson 29 3-8 0-0 1-1 6 1 6 Ferry 26 3-4 0-1 0-1 1 2 8 Rose 21 2-9 4-4 6-8 2 1 8 Daniels 19 5-7 0-1 0-4 2 1 10 Porter 18 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 5 Walker 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 13-19 12-41 22 15 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (S Elliott 1-2, Anderson 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Ferry 2-3, Daniels 0-1, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 4, Robinson 3, Ferry). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 2, Daniels 2, Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Duncan). Steals: 13 (Ferry 5, Johnson 3, Duncan 2, Anderson, Robinson, S Elliott). ____________________________________________ Utah 17 23 16 23 - 79 San Antonio 25 21 23 17 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 3:40 3rd). San Antonio 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 6:24 2nd, 1:28 2nd, 7:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,053. T: 2:04. Officials: Ron Garretson, (james Capers, Greg Willard.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- For the second time in a week, the San Antonio Spurs sent the message to a Western Conference contender that they are back.

The Spurs shut down Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz in an 86-79 victory, remaining unbeaten at home and moving into a tie for first place in the Midwest Division.

Tim Duncan had 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for San Antonio, which appears to have regained its NBA championship form of two seasons ago. The Spurs took the lead for good in the first four minutes and led by as many as 19 points.

Last week, the Spurs smothered the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, 91-81, and have not allowed more than 79 points in three games since.

"This is a huge win," Duncan said. "Any win is a huge win, especially at home. We need to defend our home court and when we keep a team to less than 80 points it's a great win."

"It does a lot for us," Spurs center David Robinson said. "It really gauges where we are early in the season."

Malone, who is on the verge of passing Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA's second all-time leading scorer, was limited to 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting. He scored just two points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz failed to muster a serious threat.

"I missed a lot of wide-open shots tonight that I normally make," Malone said. "A lot of them were close. I haven't shot well in our last three games and we lost two of them. I am a big part of what we do so I take a lot of that responsibility."

Utah came in 3-0 on the road but lost its fourth consecutive visit to San Antonio.

"We have definitely developed a rivalry over the years," Spurs guard Avery Johnson said. "You can really see where your defense is when you play them (because) their offense always executes so effectively."

"They're just basically the Spurs," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "They're a quality offensive and a quality defensive team. If you come in here and don't play well, you're mistaken."

The Spurs took the lead for good at 7-6 on a pair of free throws by Duncan with 8:36 left in the first quarter. He scored seven points in the first period as San Antonio opened a 25-17 lead.

Malone also struggled in the second quarter, scoring two points. The Jazz hung tough without him and trailed 46-40 at halftime. But Utah shot just 38 percent (14-of-37) in the first half, a sign of things to come.

"We just couldn't make any shots," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Tonight it was difficult for us to get any decent shots and when we did, we were intimidated. We missed a lot of layups. I would say they are pretty good defensively. They just played us pretty much straight up defensively. They know they are quicker at nearly every position."

The Spurs broke it open in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Sean Elliott triggered an 11-2 burst that featured points from five players. Derek Anderson, Duncan and Robinson made jumpers before one by Danny Ferry made it 57-44 with 7:47 left.

San Antonio took a 69-56 lead into the final period and opened its largest advantage at 75-56 on a layup by Antonio Daniels with 10:44 to play. Utah scored 12 of the next 14 points but Terry Porter responded with a 3-pointer for an 80-68 lead and the Jazz got no closer than the final margin.

"It's hard to be on this team and not play defense," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "That's what we do and we're just going to get better as the year goes on. We've got a bunch of guys out there who put an emphasis on defense."

"They defend everything well," Stockton said. "That's why they are who they are and that's why they should have everybody on the same page."

Elliott scored 11 points, Daniels added 10 and Robinson eight, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Spurs, who shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82) and forced 18 turnovers.

Stockton scored 14 points and Bryon Russell added 11 for the Jazz, who held a 47-41 edge on the boards but shot just 39 percent (30-of-77).

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