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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 20 23 23 28 94 MIAMI 19 26 33 14 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 27, BRYON RUSSELL 18, JOHN STOCKTON 10 MIA - EDDIE JONES 25, ANTHONY MASON 22, BRIAN GRANT 17

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - BRYON RUSSELL 9, KARL MALONE 8 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 11, ANTHONY MASON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 6, KARL MALONE 5 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 15,632


Extended Box

UTAH (94) AT MIAMI (92)

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

MALONE F 40 9-17 9-9 1 7 8 5 4 1 3 27 RUSSELL F 41 7-17 2-4 3 6 9 2 4 6 2 18 POLYNICE C 12 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 4 STARKS G 23 1-8 3-5 2 1 3 1 3 0 2 6 STOCKTON G 35 3-5 3-4 1 0 1 6 2 4 2 10 VAUGHN 13 0-6 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 OSTERTAG 18 2-2 4-4 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 8 LEWIS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 MANNING 14 2-4 0-1 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 4 MARSHALL 22 2-7 4-4 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 9 D BENOIT 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 STEVENSON 4 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1

TOTALS 240 30-75 29-37 13 20 33 16 32 13 14 94 (.400) (.784) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 30 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 1 5 0 2 5 MASON F 37 7-9 8-10 j GRANT C 33 6-10 5-5 1 10 11 2 6 0 3 17 HARDAWAY G 38 4-8 3-4 0 5 5 5 3 2 5 15 JONES G 42 7-16 10-11 2 1 3 2 2 3 3 25 CAUSWELL 12 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 CARTER 17 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 0 CEBALLOS 23 2-6 4-4 0 0 0 0 4 1 3 8 GREEN 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 27-56 32-38 6 27 33 14 31 7 22 92 (.482) (.842) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 23(27 PTS)

UTAH 20 23 23 28 - 94 MIAMI 19 26 33 14 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, POLYNICE. MIAMI - CAUSWELL 2, GRANT, JONES, BOWEN, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-15 (.333), RUSSELL 2-5, STARKS 1-3, STOCKTON 1-1, VAUGHN 0-4, MARSHALL 1-2. MIAMI 6-15 (.400), BOWEN 1-4, HARDAWAY 4-6, JONES 1-3, CEBALLOS 0-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN 2 (EJECTED), MARSHALL, MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,632. T - 2:21.


Box Score

UTAH (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 9-17 9-9 1-8 5 4 27 Russell 41 7-17 2-4 3-9 2 4 18 Polynice 12 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 4 Starks 23 1-8 3-5 2-3 1 3 6 Stockton 35 3-5 3-4 1-1 6 2 10 Vaughn 13 0-6 3-4 0-1 0 1 3 Ostertag 18 2-2 4-4 3-5 0 3 8 Lewis 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Manning 14 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 Marshall 22 2-7 4-4 2-2 0 2 9 D Benoit 12 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 Stevenson 4 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 29-37 13-33 16 32 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Russell 2-5, Starks 1-3, Stockton 1-1, Vaughn jb j͡1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Ostertag 3, Polynice). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 3, Russell 2, Starks 2, Stockton 2, Lewis, Manning, Marshall, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 13 (Russell 6, Stockton 4, Lewis, Malone, Stevenson).

MIAMI (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 30 1-6 2-2 0-0 1 5 5 Mason 37 7-9 8-10 2-9 2 4 22 Grant 33 6-10 5-5 1-11 2 6 17 Hardaway 38 4-8 3-4 0-5 5 3 15 Jones 42 7-16 10-11 2-3 2 2 25 Causwell 12 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 Carter 17 0-1 0-2 1-3 1 2 0 Ceballos 23 2-6 4-4 0-0 0 4 8 Green 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-56 32-38 6-33 14 31 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Bowen 1-4, Hardaway 4-6, Jones 1-3, Ceballos 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Causwell 2, Grant, Jones, Bowen, Mason). Turnovers: 23 (Hardaway 5, Mason 4, Ceballos 3, Grant 3, Jones 3, Bowen 2, Carter 2). Steals: 7 (Jones 3, Hardaway 2, Causwell, Ceballos). ____________________________________________ Utah 20 23 23 28 - 94 Miami 19 26 33 14 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 3 (Head Coach Sloan 2 (ejected), 0:00 3rd, 11:27 4th; Marshall, 3:17 4th). Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Carter, 9:15 4th). A: 15,632. T: 2:21. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Karl Malone delivered again but not before the Miami Heat again gave back a double-digit lead.

Malone flipped John Stockton's missed layup back in with 2.6 seconds left and the Heat bungled the ensuing inbounds play as the Utah Jazz completed a comeback from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 94-92 victory.

"I've been doing it for a while," Malone said. "I'm supposed to do that."

It was the third straight game the Heat held a double-digit lead in the final 12 minutes but found themselves in a dogfight down the stretch. They blew a 22-point lead to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday and hung on after the New York Knicks rallied from a 17-point deficit on Wednesday.

Malone scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists for the Jazz, who won their season-high sixth straight game. Byron Russell added 18 points and nine rebounds and Stockton 10 and six assists.

"I don't think things like that happen because of the defense," Stockton said of the fourth-quarter comeback. "Maybe we upped our intensity a little bit. But Isome shots just didn't fall for them. Sometimes when you get out of sync that way it snowballs on you. I don't know that we should get all the credit for that. We'll just split it I guess."

Eddie Jones led the Heat with 25 points. Anthony Mason added 22 and Brian Grant 17 and 11 rebounds before he fouled out with 5:24 left and the Heat up 85-82.

With Grant out, the Heat were hard-pressed to find anyone capable of guarding the powerful Malone, who shows little effect of his 37 years. Miami coach Pat Riley admitted late he made a mistake bringing in the offensive-minded Cedric Ceballos for the rugged Grant.

"Losing Brian Grant, I probably should have had someone else in there at the end of the game," Riley said. "I have a job to do and I'm not doing it because this team is caving in when it counts the most.

"I take responsibility for this one," he added. "I had the wrong lineup in there at the end. I had a new player in there I probably shouldn't have had (Ceballos) in there defensively in pick-and-roll situations."

Malone scored seven of Utah's final eight points in the last 3:02 as the Jazz closed on an 8-2 run.

Malone, who is just 21 points short of passing Wilt Chamberlain for second place on the all-time scoring list, had his second straight 27-point effort in Utah's second straight two-point win. The Jazz edged Orlando 88-86 on Wednesday.

The Jazz are unbeaten since a 107-98 setback against Dallas on November 20 and have an NBA-best 7-1 record on the road.

The Heat have lost five of their last six overall and three in a row at home.

"We are not executing, rebounding and not playing good defense down the stretch," Jones said. "It's those three things. It started in the beginning of the fourth quarter. We were giving those guys easy transition baskets. You can't do it like that. You can't give a team like that confidence by letting them get right back in the game quick. We did everything possible to give them the game."

The Heat led 79-66 when Jones hit a free throw after Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was called for a technical foul at the end of the third quarter. Sloan was whistled for another 33 seconds into the fourth, and Jones hit another, giving the Heat an 80-70 lead.

The Jazz then went on an 8-0 run, coming within 80-78 on Stockton's free throw with 9:15 left in the game. Russell hit a 3-pointer, Donyell Marshall hit a pair of free throws and Manning made a short jumper in the run.

The Jazz led 82-81 when Stockton hit a pair of free throws with 7:16 left, but after the team traded the lead twice, the Heat seemed ready to pull out tgame when Mason hit two free throws with 2:19 to play, putting them up 92-88.

Neither team could find the basket until Stockton fed Malone for a layup with 1:14 left.

Mason lost the ball out of bounds and Russell was fouled. He hit one of two free throws with 42 seconds left, tying the score.

Ceballos missed a 17-footer from the left side with 19 seconds left, Malone grabbed the rebound and found Stockton on the run. The guard missed a layup, but Malone came in right behind him and put the ball back in.

"You'd have to believe that playing four quarters, you have to do that. It's not over within three," Malone said. "You can't get your head down. We kept our composure the whole game and down the stretch we were execuiting really good."

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