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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 18 24 15 21 78 UTAH 24 24 21 21 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - EDDIE ROBINSON 18, AJ GUYTON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 UTH - KARL MALONE 18, JOHN STOCKTON 16, ANDREI KIRILENKO 15

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 9, MARCUS FIZER 5 UTH - KARL MALONE 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 4, EDDIE ROBINSON 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 10, KARL MALONE 6

ATT: 18,871


Extended Box

CHICAGO (78) AT UTAH (90)

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

OAKLEY F 12 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 0 ROBINSON F 34 8-14 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 18 MILLER C 22 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 4 0 2 0 ARTEST G 24 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 5 7 4 OLLIE G 22 2-9 6-6 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 10 HOIBERG 15 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 3 1 0 GUYTON 26 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 14 CHANDLER 24 2-5 2-4 5 4 9 2 3 0 2 6 CURRY 10 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 4 HASSELL 23 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 11 FIZER 28 4-8 3-4 2 3 5 2 4 4 0 11 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 15-18 12 22 34 23 29 14 21 78 (.414) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(23 PTS)

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

KIRILENKO F 28 6-11 3-4 2 2 4 0 2 4 2 15 MALONE F 42 5-14 8-11 1 5 6 6 4 2 7 18 JA COLLINS C 29 3-3 2-4 1 3 4 0 3 2 2 8 RUSSELL G 35 4-8 4-6 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 14 STOCKTON G 31 6-12 4-5 0 4 4 10 2 5 3 16 LARUE 17 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 5 STEVENSON 17 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 PADGETT 20 4-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 10 OSTERTAG 7 0-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 2 AMAECHI 12 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 0 LEWIS 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 STARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-64 26-36 8 24 32 21 21 16 20 90 (.469) (.722) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

CHICAGO 18 24 15 21 - 78 UTAH 24 24 21 21 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - ROBINSON 2, CHANDLER. UTAH - KIRILENKO 3, MALONE, STEVENSON, STOCKTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-14 (.357), ARTEST 0-3, HOIBERG 0-2, GUYTON 4-6, HASSELL 1-3. UTAH 4-11 (.364), RUSSELL 2-3, STOCKTON 0-2, LARUE 1-4, PADGETT 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, FIZER, UTAH - MALONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LUIS GRILLO, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,871. T - 2:06.


Box Score

CHICAGO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 12 0-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 0 Robinson 34 8-14 2-2 0-2 4 1 18 Miller 22 0-4 0-0 1-2 2 4 0 Artest 24 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 5 4 Ollie 22 2-9 6-6 2-3 1 3 10 Hoiberg 15 0-3 0-0 0-4 4 0 0 Guyton 26 5-10 0-0 0-0 3 1 14 Chandler 24 2-5 2-4 5-9 2 3 6 Curry 10 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 Hassell 23 4-7 2-2 1-1 2 2 11 Fizer 28 4-8 3-4 2-5 2 4 11 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 15-18 12-34 23 29 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Artest 0-3, Hoiberg 0-2, Guyton 4-6, Hassell 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson 2, Chandler). Turnovers: 22 (Artest 7, Chandler 2, Hassell 2, Miller 2, Oakley 2, Ollie 2, Robinson 2, Guyton, Hoiberg). Steals: 14 (Artest 5, Fizer 4, Hoiberg 3, Ollie, Robinson).

UTAH (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kirilenko 28 6-11 3-4 2-4 0 2 15 Malone 42 5-14 8-11 1-6 6 4 18 Ja Collins 29 3-3 2-4 1-4 0 3 8 Russell 35 4-8 4-6 0-4 2 2 14 Stockton 31 6-12 4-5 0-4 10 2 16 Larue 17 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 5 Stevenson 17 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Padgett 20 4-5 1-2 1-3 0 1 10 Ostertag 7 0-2 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 Amaechi 12 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 3 0 Lewis 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Starks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-64 26-36 8-32 21 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Russell 2-3, Stockton 0-2, Larue 1-4, Padgett 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Kirilenko 3, Malone, Stevenson, Stockton). Turnovers: 20 (Malone 7, Stockton 3, Ja Collins 2, Kirilenko 2, Ostertag 2, Amaechi, Larue, Padgett, Russell). Steals: 16 (Stockton 5, Kirilenko 4, Ja Collins 2, Malone 2, Larue, Russell, Stevenson). ____________________________________________ Chicago 18 24 15 21 - 78 Utah 24 24 21 21 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 3 (Defensive Three 2, 6:27 1st, 6:27 3rd; Fizer, 8:29 4th). Utah 1 (Malone, 8:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Curry, 11:40 2nd). A: 18,871. T: 2:06. Officials: Ron Garretson, Luis Grillo, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Before reaching another milestone, Karl Malone kept the Chicago Bulls out of reach.

Malone scored 18 points, the last of which gave him 34,000 for his career, as the Utah Jazz dispatched the Bulls for the ninth straight time, 90-78.

"As long as I'm still playing, I'm not (recognizing it)," but when I finish playing and I sit back and think about it, I'll say, `It's pretty awesome,'" Malone said. "You're aware of things like that. I kind of like to get them over with so you can play the game."

"I'm just always amazed by what he's been able to accomplish over the years," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I go back to when we were both staying at the Residents Inn his first year, my second year out here. To see how he's pretty much been the same, as far as with his approach to the game of basketball, to try and get himself better. He's done a tremendous number of things."

The perennial All-Star forward is the second-leading scorer in NBA history. He is 4,387 points -- roughly 2 1/2 seasons at his current pace -- behind all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He has 1 1/2 seasons left on his current contract.

"I probably won't do it. It will take more years than I want to play," Malone said. "I've got them in me, but I don't know if I want to play."

"It's crazy," Jazz rookie Andrei Kirilenko said. "He's a very great player, and I hope he gets 40,000."

Malone's accomplishments have become so ho-hum that the public address announcer at the Delta Center did not even say anything when Malone reached the milestone with a free throw with 1:27 to play.

"You've got to tell the PA guy to announce it," Jazz rookie center Jarron Collins said. "Donyell (Marshall) announced it on the bench to all of us. They should have at least announced it in the gym."

"The consistency in which he has done it over all these years, you just have to marvel at it," long-time teammate John Stockton said.

It wasn't a stellar game for Malone, who made just 5-of-14 shots and committed seven turnovers. But it was enough for the Jazz, who had lost five of seven and certainly viewed a visit from the Bulls as a welcome sight.

John Stockton had 16 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who have not lost a regular-season game to the Bulls since January 6, 1997. Chicago beat Utah in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, but that seems ages ago.

Eddie Robinson scored 18 points for the Bulls, who fell to 1-21 on the road. They have not won in Utah since 1995.

"It's already tough enough playing on the road," Robinson said. "The fans are going to be on you; you should be used to that by now. You can get frustrated, but don't get so frusstrated that it takes you out of your game."

Rookie Trenton Hassell scored seven points and A.J. Guyton had a pair of 3-pointers in a 16-7 surge that opened the second period and gave Chicago a 34-31 lead.

Bryon Russell's 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run that gave Utah the lead for good at 42-36 with 2:55 left. Kirilenko had 13 points at halftime, which ended with the Jazz holding a 48-42 lead.

Another 3-pointer by Russell finished off a 12-4 burst that widened the advantage to 62-48 with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Utah led 69-57 entering the final period and Chicago got no closer than nine points thereafter.

"That third quarter hurt us," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "That first team went back in there and they just couldn't get it going. We couldn't establish a post, we couldn't make assisted jump shots and we just weren't able to establish ourselves offensively."

Kirilenko scored 15 points and Russell added 14 for the Jazz, who shot 47 percent (30-of-64) and collected a season-high 16 steals. Utah made 26-of-36 free throws while Chicago sank 15-of-18.

Guyton scored 14 points and Hassell and Marcus Fizer added 11 apiece for the Bulls, who shot 41 percent (29-of-70).

Bulls teenage rookie Tyson Chandler continued his solid play of late with six points, nine rebounds and a block in 24 minutes.

"The more time I'm playing, the more comfortable I'm getting," Chandler said. "It's not like I'm playing six minutes, coming out, and then I'm really jittery when I come back in the next game. I think the more he's keeping me in the game, the more comfortable I'm getting with the players."

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