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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 23 24 16 20 8 6 97 UTAH 18 21 23 21 8 4 95 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 22, PAU GASOL 18, SHANE BATTIER 14 UTH - KARL MALONE 23, JOHN STOCKTON 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - TONY MASSENBURG 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 UTH - KARL MALONE 15, SCOTT PADGETT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 5, BREVIN KNIGHT 5 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, KARL MALONE 7

ATT: 18,875


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (97) AT UTAH (95) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

LONG F 48 3-9 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 2 0 7 MASSENBURG F 36 4-9 3-4 1 8 9 1 1 2 1 11 GASOL C 49 6-11 5-10 3 3 6 1 5 0 2 18 BATTIER G 49 5-15 3-4 4 3 7 3 2 2 1 14 WILLIAMS G 40 8-18 3-3 1 4 5 5 2 1 3 22 SWIFT 30 4-8 1-2 1 6 7 0 4 0 7 9 KNIGHT 19 3-7 1-1 0 2 2 5 4 1 2 7 BUFORD 19 3-4 2-2 0 5 5 1 1 2 2 9 ANDERSON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SOLOMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 36-81 19-28 10 33 43 18 22 10 18 97 (.444) (.679) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

MALONE F 53 9-24 5-6 2 13 15 7 3 1 4 23 PADGETT F 37 4-9 0-0 6 4 10 3 5 4 2 8 JA COLLINS C 19 3-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 6 STEVENSON G 17 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 4 STOCKTON G 39 8-16 3-3 0 5 5 9 3 2 3 21 CROTTY 19 4-7 2-2 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 11 OSTERTAG 10 0-3 0-2 5 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 RUSSELL 36 4-11 2-2 1 2 3 2 5 1 0 11 KIRILENKO 28 2-9 2-4 1 5 6 0 0 1 2 6 STARKS 16 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 AMAECHI 16 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 MARSHALL DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HIP

TOTALS 290 38-94 14-19 19 36 55 27 20 9 18 95 (.404) (.737) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(23 PTS)

MEMPHIS 23 24 16 20 8 6 - 97 UTAH 18 21 23 21 8 4 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - GASOL 7, LONG 2, SWIFT 2, BATTIER. UTAH - KIRILENKO 3, JA COLLINS, STEVENSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 6-17 (.353), GASOL 1-1, BATTIER 1-6, WILLIAMS 3-8, BUFORD 1-2. UTAH 5-13 (.385), MALONE 0-1, PADGETT 0-1, STOCKTON 2-2, CROTTY 1-2, RUSSELL 1-4, KIRILENKO 0-2, STARKS 1-1. TECHNICALS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE, HEAD COACH LOWE, UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 18,875. T - 2:35.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Long 48 3-9 1-2 0-2 2 3 7 Massenburg 36 4-9 3-4 1-9 1 1 11 Gasol 49 6-11 5-10 3-6 1 5 18 Battier 49 5-15 3-4 4-7 3 2 14 Williams 40 8-18 3-3 1-5 5 2 22 Swift 30 4-8 1-2 1-7 0 4 9 Knight 19 3-7 1-1 0-2 5 4 7 Buford 19 3-4 2-2 0-5 1 1 9 Anderson DNP - sprained left ankle Austin DNP - coach's decision Fotsis DNP - coach's decision Solomon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 36-81 19-28 10-43 18 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Gasol 1-1, Battier 1-6, Williams 3-8, Buford 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 12 (Gasol 7, Long 2, Swift 2, Battier). Turnovers: 19 (Swift 7, Williams 3, Buford 2, Gasol 2, Knight 2, Battier, Massenburg). Steals: 10 (Battier 2, Buford 2, Long 2, Massenburg 2, Knight, Williams).

UTAH (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 53 9-24 5-6 2-15 7 3 23 Padgett 37 4-9 0-0 6-10 3 5 8 Ja Collins 19 3-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 6 Stevenson 17 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 0 4 Stockton 39 8-16 3-3 0-5 9 3 21 Crotty 19 4-7 2-2 1-3 3 0 11 Ostertag 10 0-3 0-2 5-5 0 2 0 Russell 36 4-11 2-2 1-3 2 5 11 Kirilenko 28 2-9 2-4 1-6 0 0 6 Starks 16 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 Amaechi 16 1-5 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Marshall DNP - bruised right hip _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 38-94 14-19 19-55 27 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Malone 0-1, Padgett 0-1, Stockton 2-2, Crotty 1-2, Russell 1-4, Kirilenko 0-2, Starks 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Kirilenko 3, Ja Collins, Stevenson). Turnovers: 22 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Amaechi 2, Kirilenko 2, Padgett 2, Stevenson 2, Ja Collins, Ostertag, Starks). Steals: 9 (Padgett 4, Stockton 2, Kirilenko, Malone, Russell). ______________________________________________________ Memphis 23 24 16 20 8 6 - 97 Utah 18 21 23 21 8 4 - 95 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Memphis 2 (Defensive Three, 4:06 2nd; Head Coach Lowe, 4:26 2nd OT). Utah 2 (Defensive Three 2, 11:01 2nd, 9:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,875. T: 2:35. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Gary Zielinski.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Perhaps Jason Williams' critical comments have motivated the Memphis Grizzlies.

Williams scored 22 points as the Grizzlies edged the Utah Jazz, 97-95, in double overtime for the third three-game winning streak in franchise history.

Following Sunday's 89-77 loss to Seattle, the outspoken point guard lost control and called the Grizzlies "the worst team in the league." He was fined by the team, but since then the Grizzlies have pulled out three consecutive wins by a combined 11 points.

After the game, Williams downplayed the impact of his comments and credited Memphis' recent success to his teammates.

"I don't think that's the reason," he said. "But I think everybody heard me, including myself. I changed a little bit of my game and ... we all just stepped up another notch to get a big win. We got to step up to get a big win like this."

"They are a talented team," Jazz point guard John Stockton said. "They have a lot of guys that can hurt you. They stay after it. They're athletic and that's what you saw."

In regulation, Williams committed two costly turnovers in the final minute. The first led to rookie Andrei Kirilenko's dunk that tied it, 81-81, with 49 seconds left.

The second followed Karl Malone's game-tying layup with 26 seconds to go. After a timeout, Williams took too much time setting up, bringing on a shot-clock violation that forced overtime.

The Jazz could have won in regulation as Stockton had an open shot. Instead of shooting, he opted to pass to Malone, who missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.

"He had an open look," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "If he had it to do over, I think he would have shot the ball. Very seldom does John not shoot in that situation. He took the extra dribble, and if he had taken the shot, maybe it would have been a different outcome."

Memphis took a 91-88 lead on two free throws by Williams with 17 seconds left. But Stockton, who finished with 23 points, nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12 seconds to play, forcing a second overtime.

Stockton was able to get open because the Grizzlies' defense got tangled in a pick-and-roll play. With Malone setting the pick, Williams collided with Grant Long, leaving Stockton open.

The second overtime was dominated by Stromile Swift, who scored six of his nine points. He converted consecutive dunks and held Malone scoreless.

Utah tried putting reserve forward Scott Padgett on Swift, but that did not work as Swift easily blew by him for the dunk. The Jazz also tried to stop him with Bryon Russell.

But the 6-7 Russell is two inches shorter than Swift and did not fare any better as Swift hit a jumper for a 97-95 lead with 1:08 to play.

The Jazz had a chance to send it to a third overtime, but Malone and Kirilenko missed consecutive jumpers in the final minute. With 2.2 seconds left, John Starks threw away the ball away after taking a pass from Stockton as Utah was looking for a fast break.

"We still had opportunites down the stretch to win and we didn't," Malone said. "We didn't execute and make them play on the other end."

"Those are things that we haven't had a tendency to have happen to us," Sloan said. "Missed free throws, not being able to make shots, even in the overtime. They were able to do the right thing."

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