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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 13 27 24 29 93 UTAH 41 29 24 25 119 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 20, JAHIDI WHITE 18, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 14 UTH - JACQUE VAUGHN 18, DONYELL MARSHALL 16, KARL MALONE 15

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 8, LOY VAUGHT 8 UTH - OLDEN POLYNICE 8, JACQUE VAUGHN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - LARON PROFIT 5, DAVID VANTERPOL 3 UTH - JOHN CROTTY 8, KARL MALONE 5

ATT: 19,353


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (93) AT UTAH (119)

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

ALEXANDER F 26 6-11 2-4 0 0 0 1 5 1 2 14 LAETTNER F 22 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 1 5 1 4 8 J WHITE C 29 6-10 6-8 4 4 8 0 4 0 3 18 DAVIS G 10 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 HAMILTON G 32 5-15 10-10 1 2 3 0 3 1 5 20 MIKE SMITH 26 2-8 3-4 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 9 VANTERPOL 25 2-3 2-2 2 0 2 3 5 0 1 6 P JONES 26 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 VAUGHT 22 5-9 0-0 3 5 8 1 1 0 1 10 PROFIT 22 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 2 2 2 RICHMOND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE MICHAEL SMITH DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 33-74 25-30 12 19 31 12 26 6 19 93 (.446) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(28 PTS)

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

MALONE F 18 3-6 9-10 1 3 4 5 2 3 2 15 MARSHALL F 18 6-10 4-4 2 3 5 2 0 1 2 16 POLYNICE C 21 3-4 0-0 2 6 8 0 4 3 1 6 STARKS G 24 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 10 STOCKTON G 10 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 VAUGHN 38 3-7 11-12 1 5 6 4 3 1 0 18 RUSSELL 12 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 6 MANNING 13 2-5 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 5 D BENOIT 22 5-6 2-3 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 12 OSTERTAG 27 4-6 1-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 3 9 PADGETT 18 5-7 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 13 CROTTY 19 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 8 2 0 2 5

TOTALS 240 41-71 31-37 9 26 35 29 24 11 14 119 (.577) (.838) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

WASHINGTON 13 27 24 29 - 93 UTAH 41 29 24 25 - 119

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - PROFIT, VAUGHT, ALEXANDER, J WHITE. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-6 (.333), DAVIS 0-1, HAMILTON 0-1, MIKE SMITH 2-4. UTAH 6-12 (.500), STARKS 2-3, VAUGHN 1-2, RUSSELL 0-1, MANNING 0-1, D BENOIT 0-1, PADGETT 2-2, CROTTY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DEREK RICHARDSON, DAVID JONES. A - 19,353. T - 2:04.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 26 6-11 2-4 0-0 1 5 14 Laettner 22 3-6 2-2 0-2 1 5 8 J White 29 6-10 6-8 4-8 0 4 18 Davis 10 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Hamilton 32 5-15 10-10 1-3 0 3 20 Mike Smith 26 2-8 3-4 1-2 0 1 9 Vanterpol 25 2-3 2-2 2-2 3 5 6 P Jones 26 1-6 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Vaught 22 5-9 0-0 3-8 1 1 10 Profit 22 1-2 0-0 0-2 5 1 2 Richmond DNP - strained right knee Michael Smith DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 25-30 12-31 12 26 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Davis 0-1, Hamilton 0-1, Mike Smith 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Profit, Vaught, Alexander, J White). Turnovers: 19 (Hamilton 5, Laettner 4, J White 3, Alexander 2, Profit 2, P Jones, Vanterpol, Vaught). Steals: 6 (Profit 2, Alexander, Hamilton, Laettner, Mike Smith).

UTAH (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 18 3-6 9-10 1-4 5 2 15 Marshall 18 6-10 4-4 2-5 2 0 16 Polynice 21 3-4 0-0 2-8 0 4 6 Starks 24 4-8 0-0 0-2 2 3 10 Stockton 10 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 4 Vaughn 38 3-7 11-12 1-6 4 3 18 Russell 12 2-4 2-2 1-1 2 2 6 Manning 13 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 5 D Benoit 22 5-6 2-3 0-2 2 1 12 Ostertag 27 4-6 1-2 0-3 1 4 9 Padgett 18 5-7 1-2 1-3 1 2 13 Crotty 19 2-6 0-0 1-1 8 2 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-71 31-37 9-35 29 24 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Starks 2-3, Vaughn 1-2, Russell 0-1, Manning 0-1, D Benoit 0-1, Padgett 2-2, Crotty 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 3, Malone, Polynice). Turnovers: 15 (Ostertag 3, Crotty 2, Malone 2, Marshall 2, Padgett 2, Manning, Polynice, Russell). Steals: 11 (Malone 3, Polynice 3, Manning, Marshall, Ostertag, Padgett, Vaughn). ____________________________________________ Washington 13 27 24 29 - 93 Utah 41 29 24 25 - 119 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,353. T: 2:04. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Derek Richardson, David Jones.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- When the Utah Jazz shoot 82 percent and score 41 points in the first quarter, not many opponents can recover.

Donyell Marshall scored 10 of his 16 points and Karl Malone added nine of 15 in the first period, when the Jazz built a 28-point lead and cruised to a 119-93 pasting of the woeful Washington Wizards.

Marshall made all four shots in the opening period and Malone made both of his in addition to 5-of-6 free throws as the Jazz took a 41-18 lead.

"I think we made a conscious effort to come out and get some easy buckets early and stake ourselves to a lead," Marshall said. "I know how it is to be on a team like that this late in the season where you really don't necessarily want to be out there. Things are going bad and stuff, so we just tried to go out there early and make them quit early and that's what we were able to do."

Utah received points from seven players in the first period and connected on 14-of-17 shots from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

Both Marshall and Malone played just 18 minutes as Jacque Vaughn led Utah with a career-high 18 points in 38 minutes off the bench.

Malone made 9-of-10 free throws and broke Moses Malone's all-time NBA record when he sank his 8,532nd from the line, giving Utah a 72-40 lead with 10:48 left in the third period.

"I think it's a combination of things. I've shot the ball a lot, obviously they've run a lot of plays for me and I've been able to get to the free-throw line a lot and I've been able to stay healthy," Malone said. "I don't know, shooting 46 percent as a rookie, then to be in this position, that's one of those things that I never, ever imagined as a player, a record like that."

The Jazz entered the game with a league-leading field-goal percentage of .471 and were .577 (41-of-71) against the Wizards. Utah shot 84 percent (31-of-37) from the line.

John Starks played the most of Utah's starters, scoring 10 points in 24 minutes. The Jazz won for the eighth time in their last 11 games and closed within 1 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the lead in the Western Conference.

Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and White added 18 and eight rebounds for Washington, which shot 45 percent (33-of-74) and completed a 1-4 road trip. The Wizards committed 19 turnovers -- which led to 28 points for the Jazz -- and totaled just 12 assists.

"That was an old fashioned kicking," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Obviously they are a lot bigger team and they just executed so well offensively in the first half that we weren't focused enough to defend them. Especially a team that executes the best inthe NBA. I thought they basically backed up and called the dogs off."

Washington shot just 26 percent (5-of-19) in the first quarter.

"They played last night and they were a bit tired and they have been shorthanded," said Utah coach Jerry Sloan about the Wizards. "We were alive, I thought, defensively to start with. When you're tough defensively it's pretty tough to win. We were tough defensively tonight and to start off tonight we shot 60-something percent in the first half."

Wizards guard Mitch Richmond missed his seventh straight game with a strained right knee.

Scott Padgett contributed a season-high 13 points off the bench and David Benoit added 12 as Utah's bench outscored Washington's, 68-29. Fellow reserve John Crotty, who had appeared in just 21 games, led the Jazz with eight assists in 19 minutes.

At halftime all 12 players had scored for the Jazz as they shot 67 percent (24-of-36) and built a 70-40 lead.

Utah's largest margin was 108-72 on an 18-footer by Benoit with 6:35 left.

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