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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 28 14 21 31 94 DETROIT 29 13 25 12 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 24, BRYON RUSSELL 17, JOHN STARKS 13 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 37, JOE SMITH 10, BEN WALLACE 8

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, DONYELL MARSHALL 11 DET - BEN WALLACE 17, MIKKI MOORE 5

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 15, KARL MALONE 6 DET - MATEEN CLEAVES 5, CHUCKY ATKINS 3

ATT: 12,943


Extended Box

UTAH (94) AT DETROIT (79)

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

MALONE F 39 11-22 2-4 2 10 12 6 2 2 3 24 RUSSELL F 33 6-10 3-6 1 3 4 2 4 3 2 17 POLYNICE C 22 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 8 STARKS G 28 6-12 0-1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 13 STOCKTON G 31 0-4 1-2 1 3 4 15 2 2 4 1 VAUGHN 17 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 6 MARSHALL 23 3-9 3-4 1 10 11 3 1 1 2 10 OSTERTAG 15 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 2 MANNING 19 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 10 LEWIS 13 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 2 1 3 D BENOIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 11-19 8 35 43 30 22 10 15 94 (.463) (.579) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

CURRY F 24 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 4 B WALLACE F 39 4-4 0-2 5 12 17 2 0 5 0 8 J WILLIAMS C 27 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 6 ATKINS G 26 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 1 3 2 STACKHOUSE G 40 14-27 8-15 2 2 4 2 6 1 3 37 CLEAVES 22 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 0 3 4 SMITH 17 5-11 0-1 0 2 2 0 4 0 4 10 CEBALLOS 9 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 MONTROSS 7 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 M MOORE 8 0-3 0-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 BUECHLER 17 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 J WALLACE 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 34-78 9-20 12 29 41 16 24 11 19 79 (.436) (.450) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(12 PTS)

UTAH 28 14 21 31 - 94 DETROIT 29 13 25 12 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - LEWIS 2, MARSHALL, OSTERTAG. DETROIT - BUECHLER 2, B WALLACE, MONTROSS, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 7-15 (.467), RUSSELL 2-3, STARKS 1-3, STOCKTON 0-1, VAUGHN 2-4, MARSHALL 1-3, LEWIS 1-1. DETROIT 2-14 (.143), J WILLIAMS 0-1, ATKINS 0-3, STACKHOUSE 1-5, CEBALLOS 0-3, BUECHLER 1-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, STACKHOUSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 12,943. T - 2:05.


Box Score

UTAH (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 11-22 2-4 2-12 6 2 24 Russell 33 6-10 3-6 1-4 2 4 17 Polynice 22 4-6 0-0 1-2 0 2 8 Starks 28 6-12 0-1 1-1 1 2 13 Stockton 31 0-4 1-2 1-4 15 2 1 Vaughn 17 2-9 0-0 0-1 2 1 6 Marshall 23 3-9 3-4 1-11 3 1 10 Ostertag 15 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 2 2 Manning 19 4-7 2-2 0-2 1 2 10 Lewis 13 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 3 D Benoit DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 11-19 8-43 30 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Russell 2-3, Starks 1-3, Stockton 0-1, Vaughn 2-4, Marshall 1-3, Lewis 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Lewis 2, Marshall, Ostertag). Turnovers: 16 (Stockton 4, Malone 3, Marshall 2, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, Lewis, Manning). Steals: 10 (Russell 3, Lewis 2, Malone 2, Stockton 2, Marshall).

DETROIT (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 24 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 4 B Wallace 39 4-4 0-2 5-17 2 0 8 J Williams 27 3-9 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 Atkins 26 1-6 0-0 0-0 3 3 2 Stackhouse 40 14-27 8-15 2-4 2 6 37 Cleaves 22 2-4 0-0 0-4 5 1 4 Smith 17 5-11 0-1 0-2 0 4 10 Ceballos 9 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Montross 7 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 M Moore 8 0-3 0-0 3-5 0 0 0 Buechler 17 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 J Wallace 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 9-20 12-41 16 24 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.450. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (J Williams 0-1, Atkins 0-3, Stackhouse 1-5, Ceballos 0-3, Buechler 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Buechler 2, B Wallace, Montross, Smith). Turnovers: 19 (Smith 4, Atkins 3, Cleaves 3, Stackhouse 3, Curry 2, Ceballos, J Wallace, J Williams, M Moore). Steals: 11 (B Wallace 5, Atkins, Buechler, Ceballos, Curry, Montross, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Utah 28 14 21 31 - 94 Detroit 29 13 25 12 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:55 2nd, 2:08 2nd; Stackhouse, 0:40 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,943. T: 2:05. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Karl Malone and Bryon Russell led a fourth-quarter surge as the Utah Jazz began a five-game road trip with a 94-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Malone scored 12 of his 24 points in the final period, matching Detroit's total. Russell scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including seven in a decisive 13-2 burst midway through the period.

Together, the forwards powered Utah to its third straight win and fifth in six games. The Jazz, who are 4-1 on the road, also visit New Jersey, Orlando, Miami and Charlotte on this trip.

"Most of the time we just hung out and took jump shots. That's not a good way to play on the road," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "You've got to make them execute and guard you which is what I think we did down the stretch."

All-Star guard John Stockton played in his 1,271st game with the Jazz, setting an NBA record for most games with one team while handing out a season-high 15 assists. John Havlicek played 1,270 games for the Boston Celtics.

"Anytime you can get mentioned with him, that's a plus," said Stockton. "I've been fortunate to be part of a great organization with great teammates. A lot of things have to go right. You have to be healthy, obviously. You have to have a team that wants you to be there. You have to want to be there."

"It's quite an accomplishment, in my opinion," Sloan said. "I've been here almost his entire career except the first eight or 10 games he played. He's an enthusiastic guy. He loves to play basketball. It's not a fluke thing he's been able to do that. He's just worked very, very hard and he's a dedicated player."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 points for the Pistons, who failed in a bid for their first back-to-back wins of the season. He made 14-of-27 shots but fouled out and did not get much help.

"We made Stackhouse play defense," Russell said. "From what we've seen on film, teams really didn't make him play any defense. You see what happened -- he fouled out. He started missing shots because we made him work."

On Friday, Detroit beat Vancouver with a boost from Joe Smith, who scored 20 points four days after signing with the team as a free agent. But Smith had just 10 with four turnovers tonight.

"We only scored about five or so points in the majority of the fourth quarter," Smith said. "You can't beat a team like Utah like that."

The Pistons have lost 17 of the last 20 meetings with the Jazz.

"Those guys (Malone and Stockton) have had 15 years together. We haven't even had 15 weeks," Pistons coach George Irvine said.

Detroit took a 67-63 lead into the final period and still was even at 70-70 as Smith scored and was fouled with 8:27 to play. But he missed the ensuing free throw and the Pistons went nearly six minutes without another basket.

Danny Manning made two free throws to give Utah the lead for good and Malone added a layup. Russell had a layup between free throws by Stackhouse and buried a 3-pointer for a 79-72 lead with 6:08 remaining.

"I'm a back-breaker, baby. I like to break people's backs," Russell said. "You leave me, you're gonna pay for it."

Layups by Russell and Malone capped the surge and gave the Jazz an 83-72 bulge with 3:56 left. Jerome Williams finally ended Detroit's basket drought at the 2:34 mark but it was too late.

"They picked up their defense and I think we got a little tired," Stackhouse said. "They got a spurt on us at a bad time and we got completely out of sync. That team's always gonna take advantage of you when you do that. We just got stagnant at the end."

In the fourth quarter, the Jazz shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field while holding the Pistons to 29 percent (5-of-17) and forcing 10 turnovers.

"I thought they played really hard," Sloan said. "We just happened to make a couple of plays at the end of the ballgame that fell in our hands. Our defense got a little bit better. We tightened up a little more defensively and I thought we executed our offense a little bit better."

"We just have to take care of the ball," Irvine said. "You can't give a great team like that eight extra possessions in the fourth quarter. Missing 10 of our first 11 shots didn't help but the turnovers hurt worse."

Malone also had 12 rebounds and six assists. John Starks scored 13 points and Donyell Marshall added 10 and 11 boards for Utah, which shot 46 percent (38-of-82) and held a 43-41 edge on the glass.

Ben Wallace pulled down 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 44 percent (34-of-78). Stackhouse, an 85 percent foul shooter, was just 8-of-15 from the line.

Stackhouse scored 15 points in the first quarter and another 10 in the second. But his teammates managed just 17 and the game was tied, 42-42, at halftime.

"He came out smoking," Stockton said. "I didn't think he was going to miss a shot all night."

"At halftime, they had 16 baskets and 16 assists," Irvine said. "That's Utah Jazz basketball and that's the way I think basketball should be played."

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