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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 18 25 27 18 88 SAN ANTONIO 36 31 20 19 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 24, DONYELL MARSHALL 16, JOHN STOCKTON 13 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 29, DEREK ANDERSON 23, DAVID ROBINSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 9, BRYON RUSSELL 6 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 7, DAVID ROBINSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, KARL MALONE 5 SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 6, TIM DUNCAN 5

ATT: 24,327


Extended Box

UTAH (88) AT SAN ANTONIO (106)

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

MALONE F 31 8-17 8-9 3 6 9 5 3 2 4 24 MARSHALL F 32 8-14 0-1 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 16 POLYNICE C 18 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 0 2 STARKS G 20 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 2 STOCKTON G 28 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 7 3 1 3 13 VAUGHN 24 4-4 3-5 0 2 2 4 3 1 3 11 OSTERTAG 22 3-7 1-4 3 2 5 2 4 0 0 7 RUSSELL 28 0-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 2 0 MANNING 17 4-12 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 0 0 8 LEWIS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CROTTY 9 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 PADGETT 3 1-3 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 5

TOTALS 240 35-83 16-23 17 26 43 24 29 5 14 88 (.422) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 27 7-10 15-18 1 6 7 5 4 1 0 29 FERRY F 30 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 9 ROBINSON C 38 4-8 4-4 1 5 6 3 1 3 1 12 ANDERSON G 36 7-17 7-10 1 3 4 6 3 1 3 23 PORTER G 21 4-7 1-1 0 2 2 3 0 2 1 11 WALKER 20 2-3 4-7 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 8 JOHNSON 24 3-7 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 7 S ELLIOTT 19 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 6 DANIELS 15 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 1 ROSE 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 SCOTT 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 S KERR 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-62 33-44 6 26 32 26 20 10 9 106 (.516) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

UTAH 18 25 27 18 - 88 SAN ANTONIO 36 31 20 19 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - POLYNICE 2, MARSHALL, MANNING, STARKS. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 6, DUNCAN 2, WALKER 2, FERRY, PORTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-9 (.222), MARSHALL 0-1, STARKS 0-2, STOCKTON 1-3, RUSSELL 0-2, PADGETT 1-1. SAN ANTONIO 9-15 (.600), FERRY 3-4, ANDERSON 2-4, PORTER 2-4, S ELLIOTT 2-2, DANIELS 0-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, SEAN CORBIN, RONNIE NUNN. A - 24,327. T - 2:24.


Box Score

UTAH (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 31 8-17 8-9 3-9 5 3 24 Marshall 32 8-14 0-1 0-3 2 2 16 Polynice 18 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 4 2 Starks 20 1-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 Stockton 28 5-9 2-2 1-3 7 3 13 Vaughn 24 4-4 3-5 0-2 4 3 11 Ostertag 22 3-7 1-4 3-5 2 4 7 Russell 28 0-4 0-0 2-6 1 2 0 Manning 17 4-12 0-0 2-3 2 3 8 Lewis 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Crotty 9 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Padgett 3 1-3 2-2 2-4 0 1 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 16-23 17-43 24 29 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Marshall 0-1, Starks 0-2, Stockton 1-3, Russell 0-2, Padgett 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Polynice 2, Marshall, Manning, Starks). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Vaughn 3, Russell 2, Padgett, Starks). Steals: 5 (Malone 2, Marshall, Stockton, Vaughn).

SAN ANTONIO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 27 7-10 15-18 1-7 5 4 29 Ferry 30 3-4 0-0 0-2 2 3 9 Robinson 38 4-8 4-4 1-6 3 1 12 Anderson 36 7-17 7-10 1-4 6 3 23 Porter 21 4-7 1-1 0-2 3 0 11 Walker 20 2-3 4-7 1-5 1 3 8 Johnson 24 3-7 1-2 0-0 3 1 7 S Elliott 19 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 6 Daniels 15 0-1 1-2 0-1 3 0 1 Rose 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Scott 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 S Kerr 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-62 33-44 6-32 26 20 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.516, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Ferry 3-4, Anderson 2-4, Porter 2-4, S Elliott 2-2, Daniels 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 12 (Robinson 6, Duncan 2, Walker 2, Ferry, Porter). Turnovers: 9 (Anderson 3, Daniels, Johnson, Porter, Robinson, Scott, Walker). Steals: 10 (Robinson 3, Porter 2, Anderson, Duncan, Johnson, Rose, Walker). ____________________________________________ Utah 18 25 27 18 - 88 San Antonio 36 31 20 19 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 5:52 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,327. T: 2:24. Officials: Bill Spooner, Sean Corbin, Ronnie Nunn.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- It was a sweet sweep for the San Antonio Spurs.

Tim Duncan scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half, when the Spurs shot a scintillating 77 percent and sped to a 24-point lead before cruising to a 106-88 victory over the Utah Jazz.

The battle between the top teams in the Midwest Division was no contest as San Antonio (51-21) moved 3 1/2 games ahead of Utah (47-24), which has lost three consecutive games at the worst possible time.

For the first time in franchise history, the Spurs swept the season series from the Jazz, winning all four games. The teams first met in 1976 and Utah engineered the only other season sweep, winning all five meetings in the 1993-94 campaign.

"They're the best team we've seen all year long," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "This team is very, very good defensively and they can shoot the ball on the perimeter, which lets the guys do what they want."

"I can't remember the last time we were swept by a team," Utah forward Karl Malone said.

Derek Anderson scored 23 points for San Antonio, which easily survived Duncan's foul trouble and cooler shooting in the second half, leading by at least 13 points.

In the first half, San Antonio put on one of the best offensive displays by any team this season. With their inside-out attack working to perfection, the Spurs made 24-of-31 shots, including a ridiculous 9-of-10 from 3-point range.

"When you have a night shooting like we did tonight, it helps, but you can't expect that," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You just take it where you can get it."

"I have not seen a half (like that) before," Duncan said. "We shot incredibly. When we got defensive rebounds, we pushed down the floor and put them back on their heels. We couldn't have asked for a better half."

Duncan was the catalyst, making 5-of-7 shots and beating steady double-teams by handing out four assists. Anderson made 5-of-6 shots, including both of his 3-pointers, and used his dribble penetration to create offense with five assists.

Danny Ferry drilled three 3-pointers and Terry Porter and Sean Elliott sank two apiece. It added up to a 67-43 lead that was San Antonio's best first half of the season and Utah's worst.

Karl Malone scored 24 points for Utah, which was even in the loss column with San Antonio four days ago but lost to all three Texas teams and now is just one game in front of sixth-place Portland in the powerful Western Conference.

The Spurs never trailed, opening the game with 3-pointers by Anderson and Ferry. Duncan made two straight jumpers to widen the lead to 23-12 and start a 17-4 burst that made it 36-16 in the final minute of the first quarter.

Anderson and Ferry struck again in a 10-4 burst that built the advantage to 61-37 with 1:56 remaining in the second quarter.

"Even when we did play tough defense, they moved the ball well and they hit the open shot," Jazz forward Bryon Russell said. "It seemed likee whenever they threw up a three, even if we had a hand in their face, they took some big shots and they went in."

"I was looking around wondering what was happening," Duncan said. "People were throwing up shots and everything went in. It was a great half."

Duncan sat down with his fourth foul just over a minute into the third quarter but it hardly mattered. Anderson scored nine points in the period as the lead never dipped below 18 points until Utah closed the quarter with an 8-2 run to make it 87-70.

David Robinson scored 12 points, Porter added 11 and Ferry nine for the Spurs, who went 7 1/2 minutes without a basket in the final period and finished at 52 percent (32-of-62). They made 33-of-44 free throws, including 15-of-18 from Duncan.

Donyell Marshall scored 16 points and John Stockton added 13 for the Jazz, who shot 42 percent (35-of-83) and made 16-of-23 from the line.

"These are gut-check times and you see what you're made of," Malone said. "We have 11 games left. I know many people think this thing (division race) is over with. We just have to play hard and see what happens."

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