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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 19 20 23 30 92 HOUSTON 27 13 27 28 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 21, DONYELL MARSHALL 18, RUSTY LARUE 14 HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 28, KENNY THOMAS 18, STEVE FRANCIS 16

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 15, KARL MALONE 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 HOU - TERENCE MORRIS 10, KENNY THOMAS 9, EDDIE GRIFFIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 13, KARL MALONE 4, ANDREI KIRILENKO 4 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, TERENCE MORRIS 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 12,995


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT HOUSTON (95)

UTAH

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

A KIRILENKO F 27 2-5 2-2 2 5 7 4 1 2 2 6 K MALONE F 41 8-22 5-6 3 7 10 4 3 1 0 21 J COLLINS C 20 2-6 2-2 2 1 3 1 4 0 0 6 J STOCKTON G 33 5-12 2-2 1 1 2 13 1 1 1 12 B RUSSELL G 39 4-11 0-0 2 5 7 2 2 0 1 9 R LARUE 32 6-12 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 14 D MARSHALL 33 8-19 1-2 4 11 15 2 1 1 1 18 S PADGETT 15 3-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 6 J STARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION G OSTERTAG DNP - COACH'S DECISION J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION D STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-95 12-14 16 35 51 26 17 6 6 92 (.400) (.857) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 6 (11 PTS)

HOUSTON

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

T MORRIS F 35 4-12 0-0 2 8 10 3 0 0 1 8 K THOMAS F 35 5-10 8-10 1 8 9 2 4 1 1 18 K CATO C 28 4-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 8 S FRANCIS G 45 7-15 0-0 2 5 7 6 3 1 4 16 C MOBLEY G 44 9-21 8-8 0 3 3 2 1 3 2 28 E GRIFFIN 30 4-9 1-2 1 7 8 0 0 0 0 11 M NORRIS 19 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 4 D LANGHI 4 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 W WILLIAMS DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 7 36 43 14 14 5 12 95 (.449) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS)

UTAH 19 20 23 30 - 92 HOUSTON 27 13 27 28 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - J STOCKTON, D MARSHALL. HOUSTON - K CATO 4, E GRIFFIN 3, S FRANCIS 2, K THOMAS 2, C MOBLEY, T MORRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-9 (.444), B RUSSELL 1-4, R LARUE 2-2, D MARSHALL 1- 2, S PADGETT 0-1. HOUSTON 6-20 (.300), T MORRIS 0-3, S FRANCIS 2-4, C MOBLEY 2-8, E GRIFFIN 2-4, M NORRIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, K MALONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JAMES CAPERS, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 12,995. T - 2:01.


Box Score

UTAH (92)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 27 2-5 2-2 2-7 4 1 6 K Malone 41 8-22 5-6 3-10 4 3 21 J Collins 20 2-6 2-2 2-3 1 4 6 J Stockton 33 5-12 2-2 1-2 13 1 12 B Russell 39 4-11 0-0 2-7 2 2 9 R LaRue 32 6-12 0-0 0-2 0 2 14 D Marshall 33 8-19 1-2 4-15 2 1 18 S Padgett 15 3-8 0-0 2-5 0 3 6 J Starks DNP - COACH'S DECISION G Ostertag DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Stevenson DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-95 12-14 16-51 26 17 92 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (B Russell 1-4, R LaRue 2-2, D Marshall 1-2, S Padgett 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:2 (J Stockton, D Marshall). Turnovers:6 (A Kirilenko 2, B Russell, J Stockton, D Marshall, R LaRue). Steals: 6 (A Kirilenko 2, K Malone, J Stockton, D Marshall, R LaRue).

HOUSTON (95)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Morris 35 4-12 0-0 2-10 3 0 8 K Thomas 35 5-10 8-10 1-9 2 4 18 K Cato 28 4-4 0-0 1-4 0 3 8 S Francis 45 7-15 0-0 2-7 6 3 16 C Mobley 44 9-21 8-8 0-3 2 1 28 E Griffin 30 4-9 1-2 1-8 0 0 11 M Norris 19 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 3 4 D Langhi 4 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 W Williams DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE K Willis DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Collier DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 7-43 14 14 95 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (T Morris 0-3, S Francis 2-4, C Mobley 2-8, E Griffin 2-4, M Norris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:13 (K Cato 4, E Griffin 3, S Francis 2, K Thomas 2, C Mobley, T Morris). Turnovers:12 (S Francis 4, M Norris 3, C Mobley 2, K Cato, K Thomas, T Morris). Steals: 5 (C Mobley 3, S Francis, K Thomas).

------------------------------------------- UTAH 19 20 23 30 - 92 HOUSTON 27 13 27 28 - 95 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Utah - 3 (Defensive Three, 2:22 1st; Defensive Three, 3:37 1st; K Malone, 0:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,995. T: 2:01. Officials: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Steve Francis spoiled a milestone afternoon for John Stockton.

Francis drilled a 3-pointer from three feet beyond the arc at the top of the key with one-tenth of a second remaining as the Houston Rockets posted a 95-92 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"It felt good to make a shot like that with the game on the line," said Francis, who hit a fallaway jumper over Stockton.

"I was just trying to play good defense," Stockton said. "I guess you want a guy to hit that shot from that far out to beat you and he did."

Francis' basket came after Stockton followed in Donyell Marshall's miss to tie the contest with 5.8 seconds left. On Utah's previous possession, the ageless guard ecorded his 15,000th career assist.

With Houston holding an 89-87 lead, Stockton drove around Kelvin Cato and appeared to have a layup. But he passed out to Bryon Russell, who drilled a 3-pointer to give Utah a 90-89 lead with 34 seconds left.

"I guess I'm glad to make the shot for him to set the record but I wish we would have won the game," Russell said.

"I hate it that he (Stockton) got the record against us but it shows what a great player he is," added Francis, who scored 16 points. "The fact that at his age he continues to compete with younger players is something special."

During the ensuing timeout, Utah's Karl Malone was assessed a technical foul. Malone was upset that no foul was called when he appeared to be hit by Cato on a drive with 1:08 remaining.

"Yeah, it was a (bleeping) block if he blocked my head," Malone said. "(Referee Danny) Crawford said I walked over and said he was a cheater. I didn't say anything and that's all I'm going to say about it because it will cost me money to say anything more."

Cuttino Mobley hit the technical free throw and Cato added a layup to give Houston a 92-90 lead with 21 seconds left.

"It seems everything is always against us," Russell said. "Cato took off Malone's head and what are we supposed to do about it? Then they call the technical at a crucial time like that. It's very frustrating to have the turning point of the game be a technical. I don't understand it."

Mobley, who scored 21 points, naturally saw the controversial play differently.

"Cato said to me that Malone pulled him," Mobley said. "How do get that mad when it's something you did?"

"The guys back in the truck told me it was a clean block, that there was nothing there," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich added.

However, Utah coach Jerry Sloan was furious with the officiating and claimed the Jazz have had previous problems with Crawford. It was Crawford who made the non-call on Cato, then hit Malone with the technical.

"Something funny always happens with Danny," he said. "The aggravating thing is this is the third straight game we've scored more points in the paint without shooting more free throws than our opponent. You have no chance to win if that happens."

Malone collected 21 points and 15 rebounds and Marshall added 18 and 15. Stockton, the NBA's all-time assist leader who is three weeks shy of his 40th birthday, handed out 13 to go with 12 points. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, when Utah erased an eight-point deficit.

Marshall layup, off a feed from Stockton, capped an 11-2 spurt and gave the Jazz an 87-86 lead with 3:01 remaining. Griffin hit 1-of-2 with 2:30 before Kennt Thomas' layup gave Houston an 89-87 lead with 47 seconds to play.

"What I really like was how we regrouped after they came back" said Tomjanovich, who won his 455th game to pass Billy Cunningham and move into 25th on the all-time list. "We knew they were going to come back but we came back with some clutch lays and great defense." Utah came up short in the opener of a five-game road swing, the Jazz's first trip since a franchise-record nine-game, 28-day trek during the Winter Olympics.

It marked Utah's second straight loss to a sub-.500 team. The Jazz suffered an 85-79 setback Friday to the New York Knicks.

The Rockets led by as many as nine in the first quarter before settling for a 27-19 lead after one period. Houston stretched its lead to 33-19 early in the second, but Utah closed the period with a 20-6 run to pull within 40-39 at intermission.

The Rockets spurted again in the third quarter, opening a 65-54 lead on Thomas' follow shot with 2:48 remaining in the period.

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