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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 32 32 28 118 WASHINGTON 17 18 32 31 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 20, DONYELL MARSHALL 19, JOHN STARKS 19 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 22, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 17, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 13

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 7, KARL MALONE 6 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 10, POPEYE JONES 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, JACQUE VAUGHN 11 WAS - LARON PROFIT 5, MITCH RICHMOND 4

ATT: 17,427


Extended Box

UTAH (118) AT WASHINGTON (98)

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

MALONE F 22 8-15 4-4 1 5 6 5 2 1 3 20 MARSHALL F 22 9-12 1-1 1 3 4 2 3 0 2 19 POLYNICE C 23 3-6 0-0 3 4 7 1 4 1 1 6 STARKS G 28 8-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 19 STOCKTON G 22 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 12 2 2 0 4 RUSSELL 20 4-9 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 12 VAUGHN 26 3-3 0-1 0 2 2 11 3 1 3 7 MANNING 21 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 2 1 0 4 OSTERTAG 25 5-7 2-4 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 12 CROTTY 14 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 8 D BENOIT 12 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 PADGETT 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 3

TOTALS 240 49-82 13-16 6 31 37 40 30 8 13 118 (.598) (.813) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

RICHMOND F 29 8-21 4-4 0 3 3 4 1 1 3 22 MICHAEL SMITH F 21 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 1 3 2 0 1 J WHITE C 24 3-10 4-10 9 1 10 0 2 0 2 10 HAMILTON G 19 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 7 C WHITNEY G 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 30 2-5 1-2 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 5 LAETTNER 22 4-12 5-7 3 4 7 0 3 1 2 13 P JONES 24 5-7 2-4 3 6 9 2 2 1 1 12 ALEXANDER 38 3-13 11-11 4 0 4 2 2 0 2 17 VAUGHT 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 MIKE SMITH 16 3-7 4-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 11 PROFIT 12 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-88 32-44 24 25 49 19 18 7 12 98 (.352) (.727) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

UTAH 26 32 32 28 - 118 WASHINGTON 17 18 32 31 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, POLYNICE, STARKS, MALONE. WASHINGTON - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 7-12 (.583), MARSHALL 0-2, STARKS 3-4, RUSSELL 2-4, VAUGHN 1-1, PADGETT 1-1. WASHINGTON 4-12 (.333), RICHMOND 2-4, HAMILTON 1-1, C WHITNEY 0-1, LAETTNER 0-1, ALEXANDER 0-1, MIKE SMITH 1-3, PROFIT 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - LAETTNER, HAMILTON 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BLANE REICHELT, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 17,427. T - 2:06.


Box Score

UTAH (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 22 8-15 4-4 1-6 5 2 20 Marshall 22 9-12 1-1 1-4 2 3 19 Polynice 23 3-6 0-0 3-7 1 4 6 Starks 28 8-10 0-0 0-1 1 3 19 Stockton 22 1-5 2-2 0-3 12 2 4 Russell 20 4-9 2-2 0-2 0 4 12 Vaughn 26 3-3 0-1 0-2 11 3 7 Manning 21 2-6 0-0 0-3 5 2 4 Ostertag 25 5-7 2-4 1-3 0 4 12 Crotty 14 3-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 8 D Benoit 12 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Padgett 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-82 13-16 6-37 40 30 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.598, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Marshall 0-2, Starks 3-4, Russell 2-4, Vaughn 1-1, Padgett 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 3, Polynice, Starks, Malone). Turnovers: 13 (Malone 3, Vaughn 3, Marshall 2, D Benoit, Ostertag, Padgett, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 8 (Stockton 2, Malone, Manning, Polynice, Russell, Starks, Vaughn).

WASHINGTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Richmond 29 8-21 4-4 0-3 4 1 22 Michael Smith 21 0-0 1-2 3-7 1 3 1 J White 24 3-10 4-10 9-10 0 2 10 Hamilton 19 3-9 0-0 0-0 2 3 7 C Whitney 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis 30 2-5 1-2 1-5 2 0 5 Laettner 22 4-12 5-7 3-7 0 3 13 P Jones 24 5-7 2-4 3-9 2 2 12 Alexander 38 3-13 11-11 4-4 2 2 17 Vaught 2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Mike Smith 16 3-7 4-4 0-2 1 1 11 Profit 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 5 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-88 32-44 24-49 19 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Richmond 2-4, Hamilton 1-1, C Whitney 0-1, Laettner 0-1, Alexander 0-1, Mike Smith 1-3, Profit 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 12 (Richmond 3, Alexander 2, J White 2, Laettner 2, Hamilton, Mike Smith, P Jones). Steals: 7 (Michael Smith 2, Laettner, Mike Smith, P Jones, Profit, Richmond). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 32 32 28 - 118 Washington 17 18 32 31 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 3 (Laettner, 0:46 1st; Hamilton 2 (ejected), 3:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,427. T: 2:06. Officials: Ed F Rush, Blane Reichelt, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Chris Whitney left with a sprained left ankle and Richard Hamilton was ejected in the first half. The rest of the Washington Wizards barely showed up against the Utah Jazz.

Coming off a loss at Boston on Friday, the Jazz showed little sympathy for the downtrodden Wizards and rolled to a 118-98 rout.

Karl Malone scored 20 points and Donyell Marshall and John Starks added 19 apiece for the Jazz, who shot 60 percent from the field moved one game ahead of idle San Antonio atop the Midwest Division.

"I don't think anything is really guaranteed in this league," Malone said. "I think you have to come out and play and take care of business yourself. I think in the first half we did that. We had 40 assists tonight so we moved the ball around well."

The loss was the seventh straight and 13th in 14 games for the woeful Wizards. The Jazz have won 22 of the last 27 meetings from Washington since the 1987-88 season.

"This is probably the lowest day that we have had," said Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton. "To allow a team to shoot 59 percent speaks for itself from a defensive standpoint and they executed so well they had 40 assists and we had 19. Today I can honestly say for the first time this year we allowed our circumstances to affect us more emotionally than any other time."

As expected, this was a mismatch from the start and it did not help Washington's cause that Whitney, the team's starting point guard, suffered a srained left ankle three minutes into the game and did not return. X-rays were negative.

"They lose (Rod) Strickland and then their point guard gets hurt," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "What a tough break that was for them."

With Malone and Starks combining for 15 points, the Jazz built a 26-17 lead after one quarter.

Marshall took over in the second quarter, scoring 13 points, including three slam dunks. The third gave Utah its biggest lead of the half at 56-31 with 1:52 remaining.

Hamilton, Washington's second leading scorer at 16 points per game, was ejected in the period after picking up two technicals for protesting calls. He hit just 3-of-9 shots and finished with seven points.

The Jazz led by as many as 28 points in the second half.

Mitch Richmond led the Wizards with 22 points. Rookie Courtney Alexander added 17 off the bench but was just 3-of-13 from the field. Washington shot 35 percent (31-of-88) from the field.

Afterwards, Wizards center Jahidi White questioned his team's effort.

"We were almost to the point of giving up," said White, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. "There is just no way a team can do that."

With his team on cruise control, Sloan used his bench liberally. Malone, Marshall and John Stockton, who had 12 assists, each played 22 minutes. Jacque Vaughn played 26 minutes off the bench at point guard and contributed 11 assists.

"It is great to see Jacque playing real well," Stockton said. "We need everybody to play well for us to be successful."

Vaughn hit an 18-foot jumper to ignite a 7-1 run at the close of the first quarter and Bryon Russell followed with a 3-pointer. After a free throw by Washington's Popeye Jones, Starks beat the buzzer with a jumper from the right corner.

Vaughn and Greg Ostertag opened the second quarter with baskets to increase Utah's lead to 30-17.

Marshall scored 11 points with an assortment of dunks, short jumpers and layups to highlight a 20-6 run later in the quarter, increasing the advantage to 54-29 with 3:09 left in the half.

A pair of free throws by Malone gave Utah its biggest lead at 68-40 with 9:47 left in the third quarter.

Washington made the score fairly respectable down the stretch. A three-point play by Christian Laettner, who finished with 13 points, cut the deficit to 109-92 with 3:45 left.

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