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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 32 24 24 30 110 DENVER 24 25 16 34 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 21, SCOTT PADGETT 21, KARL MALONE 19 DEN - AVERY JOHNSON 19, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, VOSHON LENARD 16

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - SCOTT PADGETT 8, BRYON RUSSELL 8 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 11, SCOTT WILLIAMS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DEN - VOSHON LENARD 3, AVERY JOHNSON 3

ATT: 15,920


Extended Box

UTAH (110) AT DENVER (99)

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

KIRILENKO F 32 7-14 6-8 2 2 4 3 1 0 1 21 MALONE F 36 7-12 5-6 0 2 2 3 3 2 2 19 JA COLLINS C 12 2-3 0-2 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 4 RUSSELL G 36 3-9 6-6 3 5 8 4 3 0 1 13 STOCKTON G 28 3-5 6-6 0 6 6 9 2 2 2 12 LARUE 19 1-7 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 4 OSTERTAG 16 2-3 1-3 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 5 STARKS 25 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 5 3 1 10 PADGETT 27 9-12 1-2 3 5 8 2 2 0 2 21 AMAECHI 8 0-2 1-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 STEVENSON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-73 28-39 9 29 38 33 26 9 12 110 (.521) (.718) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

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

CHEANEY F 28 4-8 4-4 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 12 WILLIAMS F 22 2-5 0-0 5 5 10 1 3 0 2 4 LAFRENTZ C 39 6-14 3-4 2 9 11 2 4 0 1 17 JOHNSON G 37 7-13 5-5 0 0 0 3 2 1 4 19 POSEY G 25 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 1 0 4 HAMILTON 11 2-3 4-4 3 2 5 1 4 1 1 8 SATTERFIELD 12 1-7 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3 G MCCLOUD 31 5-12 2-2 2 1 3 1 4 2 0 14 ABDUL-WAHAD 11 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 2 LENARD 24 5-12 3-4 0 2 2 3 2 2 0 16 BOWEN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE VAN EXEL DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 35-83 22-25 15 22 37 16 28 8 13 99 (.422) (.880) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

UTAH 32 24 24 30 - 110 DENVER 24 25 16 34 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - KIRILENKO 6, RUSSELL 2, MALONE, PADGETT. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 5, POSEY, G MCCLOUD, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-9 (.667), KIRILENKO 1-2, RUSSELL 1-1, LARUE 0-1, STARKS 2-3, PADGETT 2-2. DENVER 7-16 (.438), LAFRENTZ 2-6, SATTERFIELD 0-1, G MCCLOUD 2-5, LENARD 3-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - RUSSELL, DENVER - G MCCLOUD. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DEE KANTNER, JIM CAPERS. A - 15,920. T - 2:10.


Box Score

UTAH (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kirilenko 32 7-14 6-8 2-4 3 1 21 Malone 36 7-12 5-6 0-2 3 3 19 Ja Collins 12 2-3 0-2 0-2 2 4 4 Russell 36 3-9 6-6 3-8 4 3 13 Stockton 28 3-5 6-6 0-6 9 2 12 Larue 19 1-7 2-2 0-0 4 2 4 Ostertag 16 2-3 1-3 1-5 2 4 5 Starks 25 4-5 0-0 0-3 2 5 10 Padgett 27 9-12 1-2 3-8 2 2 21 Amaechi 8 0-2 1-4 0-0 2 0 1 Stevenson 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-73 28-39 9-38 33 26 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.718. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (Kirilenko 1-2, Russell 1-1, Larue 0-1, Starks 2-3, Padgett 2-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (Kirilenko 6, Russell 2, Malone, Padgett). Turnovers: 12 (Malone 2, Ostertag 2, Padgett 2, Stockton 2, Kirilenko, Larue, Russell, Starks). Steals: 9 (Starks 3, Malone 2, Stockton 2, Larue, Ostertag).

DENVER (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 28 4-8 4-4 1-3 0 4 12 Williams 22 2-5 0-0 5-10 1 3 4 Lafrentz 39 6-14 3-4 2-11 2 4 17 Johnson 37 7-13 5-5 0-0 3 2 19 Posey 25 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 4 4 Hamilton 11 2-3 4-4 3-5 1 4 8 Satterfield 12 1-7 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 G Mccloud 31 5-12 2-2 2-3 1 4 14 Abdul-wahad 11 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Lenard 24 5-12 3-4 0-2 3 2 16 Bowen DNP - sprained left ankle Van Exel DNP - inflammed left elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 22-25 15-37 16 28 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Lafrentz 2-6, Satterfield 0-1, G Mccloud 2-5, Lenard 3-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Lafrentz 5, Posey, G Mccloud, Williams). Turnovers: 13 (Johnson 4, Abdul-wahad 2, Cheaney 2, Williams 2, Hamilton, Lafrentz, Satterfield). Steals: 8 (G Mccloud 2, Lenard 2, Abdul-wahad, Hamilton, Johnson, Posey). ____________________________________________ Utah 32 24 24 30 - 110 Denver 24 25 16 34 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Russell, 3:41 4th). Denver 1 (G Mccloud, 3:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,920. T: 2:10. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Dee Kantner, Jim Capers.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz have turned into road warriors.

Russian rookie Andrei Kirilenko and Scott Padgett scored 21 points apiece as the Jazz posted their sixth straight road win, a 110-99 triumph over the Denver Nuggets.

Utah was 24-22 when it embarked on a nine-game road trip that was pivotal to its postseason hopes. The Jazz had been 8-12 on the road up until that point and things did not look good when they dropped the opening two games of the trip.

But Utah has rebounded to win its last six games and concludes its journey necessitated by the Winter Olympics on Tuesday in Sacramento. The Jazz, who have moved into sixth place in the Western Conference with their recent hot stretch, will play five straight at home once they return.

"We are just glad that we have had a great road trip," Jazz point guard John Stockton said. "These are really good wins we have gotten. Now we get to go home and regroup and hopefully start it over again."

On Wednesday, Utah used a team effort to dispatch Denver as six players reached double figures.

After a trio of games where he combined to score 10 points in 69 minutes, Kirilenko has scored 36 in his last two contests.

Padgett established a career high in points, eclipsing his previous high of 17, accomplished three times in the last five weeks.

Denver, which has lost three straight, was without leading scorer Nick Van Exel, who sat out with what is listed as inflammation in his left elbow. The disgruntled guard has been the subject of trade rumors as Thursday's deadline nears.

Following the game, Denver coach Mike Evans talked about changes but did not reveal if dealing Van Exel is part of the mix.

"We need to start competing again," Evans said. "We need to change some things. We have lost focus on what is important for our team. This is not the same team that won twice on the road. Whatever it is, we have to snap out of it. We have to change things immediately."

Avery Johnson led the Nuggets with 19 points and Raef LaFrentz added 17 and 11 rebounds.

Denver's defense was woeful as Utah shot 52 percent (38-of-73) from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range. The Jazz also went to the free-throw line 29 times, making 28.

The Nuggets are 0-24 this season when an opponent scores 99 points or more.

"The thing about Utah is that they basically run the same thing all the time," LaFrentz said. "They just dare you to stop it. Their offense is fundamental and they beat you with fundamental plays. You know where they are going, it is just hard to stop it."

Kirilenko had the final four points of the first quarter as Utah took a 32-24 lead after 12 minutes.

John Starks opened the second quarter with a 21-footer for a 10-point lead and Denver never got closer than seven the remainder of the first half.

The Nuggets trailed, 68-61, following a basket by George McCloud with 4:22 left in the third quarter. But Malone hit four free throws over the next 27 seconds and Kirilenko added another from the line for a 73-61 edge with 3:05 to go.

Denver trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter. Starks opened the final period with a 3-pointer and Padgett hit a layup to push Utah's advantage to 85-65.

The Jazz took their biggest lead of the game, 87-66, on a 22-footer by Starks with just over 10 minutes left. Utah coach Jerry Sloan thought with the long layoff ahead, he could steal some rest for his veteran duo of Stockton and Malone.

The strategy looked like it was going to work as Utah opened a 96-78 lead with 4:42 left. But Voshon Lenard got hot, scoring nine points in a 12-3 burst that got the Nuggets within nine with 2:21 to go.

With the crowd now into the game, Utah's Bryon Russell drained his only 3-point attempt with 1:50 left and Denver never got the deficit to single digits thereafter.

"Every time we had a lull, they would come back and make a run," Sloan said. "At the end of the game, them getting back in it was probably my fault. I kept Stockton and Malone on the bench too long. Malone especially has had a lot of minutes and I wanted to rest him."

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