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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 24 21 23 90 PORTLAND 21 19 18 26 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 22, DONYELL MARSHALL 22, JOHN STOCKTON 18 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 32, STEVE SMITH 16, BONZI WELLS 14

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 11, BONZI WELLS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, KARL MALONE 7 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, BONZI WELLS 4

ATT: 20,312


Extended Box

UTAH (90) AT PORTLAND (84)

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

MALONE F 38 9-20 4-5 3 3 6 7 2 1 4 22 MARSHALL F 40 8-15 5-8 2 7 9 2 4 5 3 22 POLYNICE C 26 1-5 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 0 2 4 STARKS G 32 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 2 5 1 1 7 STOCKTON G 31 7-9 4-4 1 2 3 9 2 4 2 18 VAUGHN 17 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 RUSSELL 31 3-10 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 0 3 6 MANNING 16 5-13 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 2 10 OSTERTAG 9 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 18-23 15 27 42 25 26 12 19 90 (.449) (.783) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(18 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 14 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 WALLACE F 44 12-20 7-8 0 11 11 3 3 0 3 32 DAVIS C 22 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 6 STOUDAMIRE G 25 0-7 0-0 0 0 0 6 4 1 4 0 WELLS G 34 6-9 2-4 2 6 8 4 2 1 3 14 ANTHONY 23 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 3 SABONIS 19 3-7 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 7 PIPPEN 20 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 4 SMITH 28 5-7 6-7 0 2 2 2 5 0 3 16 KEMP 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 SCHREMPF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-66 17-23 3 29 32 20 23 10 18 84 (.485) (.739) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(14 PTS)

UTAH 22 24 21 23 - 90 PORTLAND 21 19 18 26 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - MARSHALL, POLYNICE. PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, PIPPEN, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), MARSHALL 1-3, STARKS 1-1, RUSSELL 0-2, MANNING 0-1. PORTLAND 3-11 (.273), WALLACE 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 1-3, PIPPEN 1-3, SMITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, PIPPEN. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 20,312. T - 2:17.


Box Score

UTAH (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 9-20 4-5 3-6 7 2 22 Marshall 40 8-15 5-8 2-9 2 4 22 Polynice 26 1-5 2-2 4-6 1 3 4 Starks 32 2-6 2-2 1-2 2 5 7 Stockton 31 7-9 4-4 1-3 9 2 18 Vaughn 17 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 4 0 Russell 31 3-10 0-0 1-5 2 5 6 Manning 16 5-13 0-0 2-6 1 1 10 Ostertag 9 0-0 1-2 1-4 0 0 1 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Padgett DNP - coach's decision Stevenson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 18-23 15-42 25 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Marshall 1-3, Starks 1-1, Russell 0-2, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Marshall, Polynice). Turnovers: 20 (Malone 4, Marshall 3, Russell 3, Manning 2, Polynice 2, Stockton 2, Ostertag, Starks, Vaughn). Steals: 12 (Marshall 5, Stockton 4, Malone, Manning, Starks).

PORTLAND (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Wallace 44 12-20 7-8 0-11 3 3 32 Davis 22 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 Stoudamire 25 0-7 0-0 0-0 6 4 0 Wells 34 6-9 2-4 2-8 4 2 14 Anthony 23 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 2 3 Sabonis 19 3-7 1-2 0-2 0 0 7 Pippen 20 1-4 1-2 0-2 2 1 4 Smith 28 5-7 6-7 0-2 2 5 16 Kemp 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Schrempf 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Barkley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-66 17-23 3-32 20 23 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Wallace 1-3, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 1-3, Pippen 1-3, Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 3, Pippen, Sabonis). Turnovers: 18 (Stoudamire 4, Smith 3, Wallace 3, Wells 3, Augmon 2, Pippen 2, Anthony). Steals: 10 (Augmon 4, Pippen 2, Anthony, Sabonis, Stoudamire, Wells). ____________________________________________ Utah 22 24 21 23 - 90 Portland 21 19 18 26 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 6:07 3rd; Pippen, 6:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,312. T: 2:17. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Monty Mccutchen, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- There has been a lot of talk about which is the best team in the Western Conference. Right now, it's the Utah Jazz.

Karl Malone and Donyell Marshall scored 22 points apiece and John Stockton ran the offense to perfection as the Jazz moved percentage points ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 90-84 victory.

The season began with the loaded Trail Blazers, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and the 1999 champion San Antonio Spurs vying for supremacy. The Sacramento Kings also have played their way into the mix.

The aging Jazz reached the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 but lost both times and many thought their window of opportunity had past. Perhaps a better word for them is ageless as Malone and Stockton continue to march on at an All-Star pace.

"Keep talking about the Lakers, San Antonio and Portland," Malone said. "We don't want any credit from anybody who hasn't given it to us all year."

"We weren't even supposed to be in the race," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I think our guys have always played hard for the number of years I've been here. They've always tried to play as well as they can regardless what happened the past year."

Utah has won four in a row and 12 of 14 to improve to 36-16, two percentage points better than Portland (38-17), which has bounced Utah from the playoffs in each of the last two years.

"We didn't circle this game," Malone maintained.

"It was not a statement game," said Stockton, who also had nine assists and held Damon Stoudamire scoreless. "We are battling to win every game, and when we get a good victory like this, it's great."

Rasheed Wallace had 32 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which has lost two of its last three home games after winning 15 of its previous 16.

"We had good opportunities but didn't finish," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They had opportunities and they did finish most of them. That was the story of the game. They just beat us up."

The Jazz led by 13 points midway through the third quarter and still held a 67-58 lead entering the final period before the Blazers began with a 10-2 run. Steve Smith made what looked to be a tying 3-pointer, but his foot was on the line, leaving the Jazz with a 69-68 lead with 7:10 remaining.

Malone answered with a three-point play and Stockton added a technical foul shot to rebuild the lead to five points and the teams went back and forth for the next six minutes.

Wallace made a pair of hoops to again cut the deficit to one but John Starks drilled a big 3-pointer -- his first basket of the game -- with five minutes to go, making it 76-72. Stockton had baskets on consecutive trips for an 80-75 lead with 3:35 left but the Blazers kept coming.

"We hung in there when they came back," Stockton said. "We made a lot of big baskets, John's 3-pointer, and Donyell made some nice plays."

A turnaround jumper by Wallace made it 86-82 with 1:24 to play.

Malone took a feed from Marshall for a layup with 59 seconds to go and, after Greg Anthony missed a 3-pointer, took a shovel pass for a clinching layup with 30 seconds left. The Jazz made their last seven shots.

"You have to give them credit," Blazers forward Dale Davis said. "We didn't get the stops when we needed to."

Danny Manning scored 10 points off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 45 percent (35-of-78) and held a 42-32 advantage on the boards, including 12-3 on the offensive glass.

Smith scored 16 points and Bonzi Wells added 14 for the Blazers, who shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66).

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