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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 15 24 28 93 PHOENIX 22 22 25 29 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 25, DONYELL MARSHALL 18, DANNY MANNING 13 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 14, TONY DELK 14, VINNY DEL NEGRO 13

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 11, DONYELL MARSHALL 6 PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 7, IAKOVOS TSAKALIDIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - DANNY MANNING 5, JOHN STARKS 5 PHO - VINNY DEL NEGRO 5, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

UTAH (93) AT PHOENIX (98)

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

MALONE F 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 MARSHALL F 27 8-12 1-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 18 POLYNICE C 8 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 RUSSELL G 21 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 5 STOCKTON G 6 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 D BENOIT 21 3-7 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 8 VAUGHN 25 1-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 3 OSTERTAG 40 10-11 5-9 6 5 11 0 4 0 2 25 STARKS 18 2-9 0-1 0 0 0 5 1 3 3 4 MANNING 30 4-8 5-6 0 4 4 5 4 1 4 13 STEVENSON 21 2-8 3-4 1 0 1 3 1 1 1 7 CROTTY 17 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 3 6 0 4 3

TOTALS 240 36-72 19-28 13 22 35 26 28 8 21 93 (.500) (.679) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

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

MARION F 23 3-5 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 8 ROBINSON F 20 3-7 5-6 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 11 DUDLEY C 11 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 3 0 ELIE G 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KIDD G 18 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 10 TSAKALIDIS 28 1-4 4-8 1 6 7 0 6 0 3 6 ROGERS 25 3-8 7-8 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 14 T DELK 27 6-11 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 14 GUGLIOTTA 31 5-8 2-4 2 5 7 3 4 0 2 12 V DEL NEGRO 29 5-8 3-4 0 0 0 5 2 1 1 13 SANTIAGO 5 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PERRY 18 4-5 2-3 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 10

TOTALS 240 35-66 27-39 7 25 32 21 23 8 17 98 (.530) (.692) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

UTAH 26 15 24 28 - 93 PHOENIX 22 22 25 29 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG, POLYNICE. PHOENIX - TSAKALIDIS 2, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-9 (.222), MARSHALL 1-2, RUSSELL 1-2, VAUGHN 0-1, STARKS 0-1, MANNING 0-1, STEVENSON 0-2. PHOENIX 1-5 (.200), ROBINSON 0-1, KIDD 0-1, ROGERS 1-1, T DELK 0-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,023. T - 2:29.


Box Score

UTAH (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Marshall 27 8-12 1-2 2-6 0 4 18 Polynice 8 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 4 Russell 21 2-3 0-0 0-3 2 2 5 Stockton 6 0-1 1-1 0-0 2 2 1 D Benoit 21 3-7 2-2 2-4 1 1 8 Vaughn 25 1-5 1-2 0-2 4 1 3 Ostertag 40 10-11 5-9 6-11 0 4 25 Starks 18 2-9 0-1 0-0 5 1 4 Manning 30 4-8 5-6 0-4 5 4 13 Stevenson 21 2-8 3-4 1-1 3 1 7 Crotty 17 1-3 1-1 0-1 3 6 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-72 19-28 13-35 26 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Marshall 1-2, Russell 1-2, Vaughn 0-1, Starks 0-1, Manning 0-1, Stevenson 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Ostertag, Polynice). Turnovers: 23 (Crotty 4, Manning 4, Starks 3, Ostertag 2, Russell 2, Vaughn 2, D Benoit, Marshall, Stevenson, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Starks 3, Malone, Manning, Marshall, Stevenson, Vaughn).

PHOENIX (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 23 3-5 2-2 0-4 0 1 8 Robinson 20 3-7 5-6 0-2 2 2 11 Dudley 11 0-0 0-0 3-5 1 2 0 Elie 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kidd 18 5-10 0-0 0-1 3 1 10 Tsakalidis 28 1-4 4-8 1-7 0 6 6 Rogers 25 3-8 7-8 1-2 1 3 14 T Delk 27 6-11 2-2 0-2 3 1 14 Gugliotta 31 5-8 2-4 2-7 3 4 12 V Del Negro 29 5-8 3-4 0-0 5 2 13 Santiago 5 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Perry 18 4-5 2-3 0-2 3 0 10 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-66 27-39 7-32 21 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Robinson 0-1, Kidd 0-1, Rogers 1-1, T Delk 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Tsakalidis 2, Robinson). Turnovers: 18 (Dudley 3, Rogers 3, Tsakalidis 3, Gugliotta 2, Perry 2, Kidd, Robinson, T Delk, V Del Negro). Steals: 8 (Kidd 2, Rogers 2, Marion, Robinson, T Delk, V Del Negro). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 15 24 28 - 93 Phoenix 22 22 25 29 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Head Coach Sloan, 9:50 3rd). Phoenix 4 (Head Coach Skiles, 6:59 1st; Illegal Defense 3, 2:34 2nd, 9:23 3rd, 2:25 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:29. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- With Karl Malone and John Stockton laughing it up on their bench, the Phoenix Suns' bench took over the game.

Reserves Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk each scored 14 points as the Suns won their ninth straight home game with a 98-93 victory over the Utah Jazz.

It was the last of 1,189 games in the 2000-01 NBA regular season. The playoffs begin this weekend, with sixth-seeded Phoenix (51-31) visiting No. 3 Sacramento on Sunday. Utah (53-29) is the fourth seed and hosts fifth-seeded Dallas on Saturday.

The Suns lost three of four games with the Kings but gained some confidence from an 88-86 victory on Sunday.

"It was extremely important to let us know that we are capable of beating those guys," Phoenix forward Cliff Robinson said. "All the games were battles but we're confident we can beat them."

The Jazz will have the home-court advantage over the Mavericks but the teams split four games, with each winning twice on the other's court.

"When you try to get in their style of basketball is when you get hurt," Malone said about Dallas. "They're more athletic than we are. We have to make them play our style of basketball."

The game resembled an organized scrimmage as both teams rested their regulars in an attempt to avoid injuries. Malone and Stockton each played only six first-quarter minutes while Suns guard Jason Kidd scored 10 points in just 18 minutes.

Malone and Stockton seemed to be enjoying their rare time on the bench. Malone joked around with the ballboys and mugged for the cameras while Stockton's focus was on his long-time teammate's antics, rather than the game.

Rookie DeShawn Stevenson had a pair of baskets as Utah used an 11-0 run for an 80-74 lead with 7:45 to play. Greg Ostertag's basket left the Jazz ahead, 89-85, with 3:18 left.

But Tom Gugliotta had a pair of baskets as Phoenix went on a 10-2 run, taking the lead for good at 95-91 with 27 seconds left. Rogers made 3-of-4 free throws and Delk added a pair to seal the victory.

Vinny Del Negro scored 13 points and Gugliotta added 12 for Phoenix, which had seven players in double figures. Robinson had 11 points and Elliot Perry added 10 for the Suns, who shot 53 percent (35-of-66).

The Suns are hoping that their playoff experience will help them against the Kings.

"Experience means everything -- everything," Phoenix guard Mario Elie said. "A lot of those guys have never been in the playoffs. You don't know how they're going to react. We've got guys who have been to the promised land. We know what it takes."

Utah coach Jerry Sloan has the more experienced club in his series with Dallas but took a different slant than Elie.

"Experience doesn't make any difference whatsoever," Sloan said. "They've taken their game to another level. They have tremendous confidence, they've beaten us in our building. Their youth should give them an advantage."

Ostertag collected a career-high 25 points and a season-high 11 rebounds while Donyell Marshall scored 18 points for the Jazz. Malone had just two points and one rebound.

Manning made 4-of-8 shots and was the only other Utah player in double figures with 13 points off the bench.

Phoenix held a 69-63 edge in bench points.

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