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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 24 27 24 24 99 HOUSTON 22 31 19 25 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 20, BRYON RUSSELL 17, JOHN STOCKTON 16 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 21, STEVE FRANCIS 17, CUTTINO MOBLEY 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 15, KARL MALONE 7 HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 14, STEVE FRANCIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - KARL MALONE 7, JOHN STOCKTON 6 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, SHANDON ANDERSON 3

ATT: 13,821


Extended Box

UTAH (99) AT HOUSTON (97)

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

MALONE F 42 3-16 8-9 2 5 7 7 3 3 2 14 MARSHALL F 35 9-23 1-1 7 8 15 0 3 1 0 20 OSTERTAG C 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 RUSSELL G 35 7-10 1-2 1 3 4 4 5 1 3 17 STOCKTON G 34 5-9 4-5 0 2 2 6 1 4 3 16 VAUGHN 23 4-5 6-6 0 3 3 5 0 0 0 14 STEVENSON 11 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 POLYNICE 25 1-6 2-4 2 0 2 0 4 0 2 4 MANNING 15 3-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 D BENOIT 8 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STARKS DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 35-81 24-29 13 26 39 24 23 10 12 99 (.432) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

ANDERSON F 47 7-17 4-4 1 3 4 3 4 1 4 21 THOMAS F 26 3-4 0-1 2 1 3 2 4 0 3 7 TAYLOR C 29 6-11 0-0 4 10 14 0 5 1 2 12 FRANCIS G 41 5-12 4-4 2 6 8 7 3 1 4 17 MOBLEY G 39 4-16 4-4 0 2 2 1 5 0 3 14 NORRIS 17 2-5 8-8 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 12 ROGERS 19 2-3 5-6 3 3 6 1 0 1 0 9 BULLARD 22 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 5 CATO DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION OLAJUWON DNP - SWOLLEN RIGHT KNEE WILLIAMS DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 30-72 27-29 13 28 41 16 25 4 17 97 (.417) (.931) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

UTAH 24 27 24 24 - 99 HOUSTON 22 31 19 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - POLYNICE 5, D BENOIT, MARSHALL, MALONE. HOUSTON - ANDERSON 2, ROGERS, TAYLOR, BULLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-10 (.500), MARSHALL 1-3, RUSSELL 2-4, STOCKTON 2-2, D BENOIT 0-1. HOUSTON 10-23 (.435), ANDERSON 3-7, THOMAS 1-1, FRANCIS 3-4, MOBLEY 2-8, NORRIS 0-1, BULLARD 1-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, HANK ARMSTRONG, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 13,821. T - 2:21.


Box Score

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 42 3-16 8-9 2-7 7 3 14 Marshall 35 9-23 1-1 7-15 0 3 20 Ostertag 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Russell 35 7-10 1-2 1-4 4 5 17 Stockton 34 5-9 4-5 0-2 6 1 16 Vaughn 23 4-5 6-6 0-3 5 0 14 Stevenson 11 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Polynice 25 1-6 2-4 2-2 0 4 4 Manning 15 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 4 8 D Benoit 8 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Starks DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 24-29 13-39 24 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Marshall 1-3, Russell 2-4, Stockton 2-2, D Benoit 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Polynice 5, D Benoit, Marshall, Malone). Turnovers: 12 (Russell 3, Stockton 3, Malone 2, Polynice 2, D Benoit, Stevenson). Steals: 10 (Stockton 4, Malone 3, Marshall, Ostertag, Russell).

HOUSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 47 7-17 4-4 1-4 3 4 21 Thomas 26 3-4 0-1 2-3 2 4 7 Taylor 29 6-11 0-0 4-14 0 5 12 Francis 41 5-12 4-4 2-8 7 3 17 Mobley 39 4-16 4-4 0-2 1 5 14 Norris 17 2-5 8-8 1-2 2 2 12 Rogers 19 2-3 5-6 3-6 1 0 9 Bullard 22 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 2 5 Cato DNP - coach's decision Langhi DNP - coach's decision Olajuwon DNP - swollen right knee Williams DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 27-29 13-41 16 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.931. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Anderson 3-7, Thomas 1-1, Francis 3-4, Mobley 2-8, Norris 0-1, Bullard 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Anderson 2, Rogers, Taylor, Bullard). Turnovers: 19 (Anderson 4, Francis 4, Mobley 3, Thomas 3, Taylor 2, Norris). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Francis, Rogers, Taylor). ____________________________________________ Utah 24 27 24 24 - 99 Houston 22 31 19 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 3 (Francis, 5:44 1st; Illegal Defense 2, 3:04 1st, 9:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,821. T: 2:21. Officials: Jim Clark, Hank Armstrong, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Karl Malone's recent rash of offensive futility continued, but the Utah Jazz's losing streak did not.

Malone managed only 14 points on 3-of-16 shooting, but the Jazz snapped their season-high five-game slide behind strong contributions from Donyell Marshall and Bryon Russell, pulling out a 99-97 win over the Houston Rockets.

The NBA's second-leading scorer of all time appeared to snap out of his funk when he poured in 33 points in Friday's 100-87 loss to Denver. But the top power forward in league history, who averaged 14 points on 31 percent (18-of-58) shooting in the first four games of Utah's slump, looked lost again on Saturday.

"I have been getting decent shots the whole time," Malone said. "I haven't been doing well, but they will come. Maybe we can build off this win."

He was 1-of-9 from the field entering the final period before hitting a pair of medium-range jumpers to help the Jazz open an 84-76 lead with 8:14 to play. But "The Mailman" missed four more shots and committed a turnover down the stretch as Utah saw its lead shrink to 97-94 with 1:41 left.

"He didn't tell me that he was going to try to miss his shots," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's just going through a stretch right now that everyone goes through. But as long as he's not telling me he's missing them on purpose, I know he'll get through it."

Luckily for Utah, Matt Bullard, former Jazz Shandon Anderson and Cuttino Mobley missed potential tying 3-pointers in the waning moments before Jacque Vaughn iced the game for Utah, hitting two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining.

"We stopped a little bit of the bleeding," Sloan said. "I thought we played a lot better. We were just playing harder than we had been. This will give us a chance to rebound."

Marshall, making his first start, had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Russell added 17 points for the Jazz, who avoided their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row from January 26-February 4, 2000 -- the longest skid of Malone's storied career.

Anderson scored 21 points and Steve Francis had 13 of his 17 in the fourth quarter for Houston, which has lost six of seven at home and 13 of 14 against Utah.

"Utah was real tired at the end of the game and if we had made one of the 3-pointers at the end of the game, the momentum would have gone our way," Francis said.

Maurice Taylor had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 42 percent (30-of-72) and held a 41-39 rebounding edge. Houston yielded 23 points off turnovers while scoring just eight off Utah's giveaways.

Mobley scored 14 points and Moochie Norris had 12 off the bench for the Rockets, who slipped to 8-9 at the Compaq Center.

"I thought we played hard," coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We played well at times, but I didn't feel we made the adjustments in the game, knowing that their big man (Marshall) was going to be there at the rim. I felt like that was the difference in the game. We had a chance to beat a good team."

John Stockton had 16 points and six assists and Vaughn added 14 points for the Jazz, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81).

The game featured 10 leads changes and seven ties but turned in Utah's favor when Vaughn made a driving layup and Olden Polynice hit a 15-footer, putting Utah in front for good, 75-72, entering the fourth quarter.

Marhsall opened the final period by converting a three-point play and Vaughn added two free throws to open an 80-72 cushion with 11:05 remaining. Marshall's 3-pointer and two free throws by Polynice made it 96-80 with 5:48 left before Malone and the Jazz began to fade down the stretch.

Francis hit two free throws and a 26-footer, Anderson made two from the line and Francis came right back with another 3-pointer and two more free throws to shave the deficit to 97-92 with 1:54 left.

Bullard capped the 14-1 run when he made two free throws with 1:41 to go, but the Jazz managed to hold on for their first win since a 98-92 triumph at Minnesota on December 23.

"It's definitely good to win this one," Marshall said. "We had to come out here and play a complete game. Except for that last two minutes when they kind of got back into it, we did that."

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