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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 21 27 27 21 96 UTAH 27 23 20 28 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 24, VOSHON LENARD 23, NICK VAN EXEL 19 UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 24, KARL MALONE 22, JOHN STOCKTON 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 12, KEVIN WILLIS 7 UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 9, KARL MALONE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, KARL MALONE 8

ATT: 18,993


Extended Box

DENVER (96) AT UTAH (98)

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

MCDYESS F 43 8-14 8-13 6 6 12 2 3 0 0 24 POSEY F 15 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 1 1 5 LAFRENTZ C 22 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 1 0 4 LENARD G 38 8-15 3-3 0 2 2 3 1 1 3 23 VAN EXEL G 43 7-19 2-2 1 5 6 6 1 0 4 19 WILLIS 31 3-6 1-2 1 6 7 1 3 2 2 7 MCCLOUD 31 2-8 3-3 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 8 PACK 11 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 4 ABDUL-WAHAD 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHEANEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 17-23 14 30 44 18 16 6 14 96 (.455) (.739) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 9-18 4-7 2 6 8 8 0 0 0 22 MARSHALL F 40 10-18 2-4 2 4 6 4 2 1 2 24 POLYNICE C 21 2-6 0-0 4 5 9 0 1 0 1 4 STARKS G 30 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 2 1 12 STOCKTON G 29 4-7 4-4 1 5 6 10 4 2 3 15 VAUGHN 19 3-7 1-1 1 0 1 3 1 0 2 7 OSTERTAG 21 0-4 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 0 RUSSELL 31 3-8 6-6 0 4 4 0 4 2 3 12 MANNING 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 17-22 13 28 41 28 20 8 13 98 (.446) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

DENVER 21 27 27 21 - 96 UTAH 27 23 20 28 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - WILLIS 2, MCDYESS. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MARSHALL, MANNING, POLYNICE, MALONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 9-22 (.409), POSEY 1-4, LENARD 4-6, VAN EXEL 3-6, MCCLOUD 1-6. UTAH 7-16 (.438), MARSHALL 2-5, STARKS 2-4, STOCKTON 3-3, VAUGHN 0-1, RUSSELL 0-2, MANNING 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, , VAN EXEL (EJECTED), UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, KEVIN FEHR, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,993. T - 2:16.


Box Score

DENVER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 43 8-14 8-13 6-12 2 3 24 Posey 15 2-7 0-0 2-4 1 0 5 Lafrentz 22 2-4 0-0 2-6 0 4 4 Lenard 38 8-15 3-3 0-2 3 1 23 Van Exel 43 7-19 2-2 1-6 6 1 19 Willis 31 3-6 1-2 1-7 1 3 7 Mccloud 31 2-8 3-3 1-3 3 2 8 Pack 11 2-3 0-0 1-3 2 1 4 Abdul-wahad 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Cheaney DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 17-23 14-44 18 16 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Posey 1-4, Lenard 4-6, Van Exel 3-6, Mccloud 1-6). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Willis 2, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 15 (Van Exel 4, Lenard 3, Abdul-wahad 2, Willis 2, Mccloud, Pack, Posey). Steals: 6 (Willis 2, Lafrentz, Lenard, Pack, Posey).

UTAH (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 9-18 4-7 2-8 8 0 22 Marshall 40 10-18 2-4 2-6 4 2 24 Polynice 21 2-6 0-0 4-9 0 1 4 Starks 30 5-12 0-0 0-0 3 3 12 Stockton 29 4-7 4-4 1-6 10 4 15 Vaughn 19 3-7 1-1 1-1 3 1 7 Ostertag 21 0-4 0-0 3-6 0 4 0 Russell 31 3-8 6-6 0-4 0 4 12 Manning 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 17-22 13-41 28 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Marshall 2-5, Starks 2-4, Stockton 3-3, Vaughn 0-1, Russell 0-2, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 3, Marshall, Manning, Polynice, Malone). Turnovers: 13 (Russell 3, Stockton 3, Marshall 2, Vaughn 2, Manning, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 8 (Russell 2, Starks 2, Stockton 2, Manning, Marshall). ____________________________________________ Denver 21 27 27 21 - 96 Utah 27 23 20 28 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 5 (Illegal Defense 3, 10:15 2nd, 5:17 2nd, 4:25 3rd; , 0:01 4th; Van Exel (ejected), 0:01 4th). Utah 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,993. T: 2:16. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Kevin Fehr, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets were experiencing technical difficulties.

The Nuggets called a timeout they did not have with 1.3 seconds left, leading to a pair of technical foul shots by John Stockton that gave the Utah Jazz a wild 98-96 victory.

Utah had a 96-94 lead and possession with 18 seconds left when Bryon Russell threw away an inbounds pass, giving Denver the ball. Nick Van Exel's driving layup with 5.1 seconds to go tied it.

The Jazz called timeout and inbounded to Stockton, who drove the middle of the lane but missed the shot. Van Exel ended up with the ball and several Nuggets signaled for a timeout, which they did not have, resulting in a technical foul.

"Everybody was calling timeout -- everyone on the court, the bench, even their coaches were calling timeout," Jazz guard John Starks said. "But Van Exel had the ball and was right up in the ref's face signaling for a timeout so I guess he was the logical one to blame."

"All of them were calling timeout but the primary guy was Nick Van Exel," Jazz center Olden Polynice said. "John Lucas the coach was calling timeout, most of the guys on the bench were calling timeout so they can't put the blame on one guy. I think Nick was singled out because he had the ball."

Lucas was coaching in place of Dan Issel, who attended a family funeral. He took the blame for the miscommunication.

"That was a coaching error that happened at the end," he said. "Nick thought we had one more timeout, we didn't and probably should have informed him that we didn't. That's on me."

Stockton sank the free throw to give the Jazz the lead and Utah was given possession. The volatile Van Exel argued that Denver should have the ball and was called for a technical foul and ejected. Stockton made another free throw for a two-point edge.

"I thought there was a timeout but there wasn't," Van Exel said. "I came out of the huddle and saw on the scoreboard we had a timeout. I thought we had a timeout, but, oh well."

The Jazz inbounded to Donyell Marshall, who scored 24 points. He was fouled with nine-tenths of a second left and missed the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. A desperation heave by Antonio McDyess was not close.

Karl Malone scored 22 points and Stockton contributed 15 and 10 assists for the Jazz, who improved to 6-1 on their eight-game homestand, the longest in franchise history.

"We stole this one," Russell said. "We definitely stole it, but it's good to be a thief ssometimes."

McDyess had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which has lost 10 straight games in Utah dating to December 7, 1996.

"I thought our big guys came up big and played well," Lucas said. "We did a lot of positive things not to come up with the win. This has been our best road game."

In a seesaw fourth quarter, the Nuggets opened a seven-point lead with less than five minutes to go, then blew it and trailed 96-94 on a dunk by Malone with 1:01 remaining.

Van Exel, who scored 19 points, made a basket and a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a 90-83 advantage with 4:52 left. But the Jazz came storming back as John Starks and Stockton made 3-pointers and Russell had a layup for a 91-90 lead with 2:20 to go.

Denver's Voshon Lenard made two free throws and a 3-pointer around a 3-pointer by Marshall before Malone's dunk set up the final minute.

Lenard scored 23 points for the Nuggets, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) from the field and held a 44-41 edge on the boards.

Starks and Russell scored 12 points each for the Jazz, who shot 45 percent (37-of-83). Malone collected eight rebounds and eight assists.

Lenard scored 17 points in the first half but Utah held a 50-48 edge. Denver began the third quarter with a 20-7 run fueled by 12 points from McDyess and opened a 70-57 advantage with 5:18 to go. The Nuggets led 75-70 entering the final period.

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