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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 15 24 25 32 96 MINNESOTA 19 23 16 31 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 27, JOHN STOCKTON 22, DONYELL MARSHALL 11 MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 33, ANTHONY PEELER 17, KEVIN GARNETT 16

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 12, DONYELL MARSHALL 8, BRYON RUSSELL 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 8, ANDREI KIRILENKO 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 8, ANTHONY PEELER 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,113


Extended Box

UTAH (96) AT MINNESOTA (89)

UTAH

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

K MALONE F 42 9-15 9-11 1 11 12 3 3 1 4 27 D MARSHALL F 39 5-12 1-2 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 11 J COLLINS C 26 3-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 8 J STOCKTON G 36 7-13 8-9 0 2 2 8 5 2 3 22 B RUSSELL G 31 2-7 0-0 2 4 6 3 5 0 2 5 R LARUE 12 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 8 G OSTERTAG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A KIRILENKO 26 4-7 2-2 2 2 4 4 1 2 5 10 S PADGETT 6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 J STARKS 19 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 5 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION D STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 26-30 10 28 38 20 24 6 17 96 (.479) (.867) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (12 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 45 3-14 10-12 1 10 11 2 1 0 3 16 J SMITH F 20 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 2 2 4 R NESTEROVIC C 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 W SZCZERBIAK G 45 13-17 7-8 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 33 C BILLUPS G 31 1-8 4-4 0 0 0 8 4 0 2 7 M JACKSON 18 0-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 2 W AVERY 11 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 G TRENT 9 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 0 S MITCHELL 12 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 6 A PEELER 27 6-9 2-3 2 2 4 5 0 1 2 17 F LOPEZ 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 25-29 7 24 31 21 27 7 15 89 (.417) (.862) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (19 PTS)

UTAH 15 24 25 32 - 96 MINNESOTA 19 23 16 31 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - K MALONE 3, D MARSHALL 2, A KIRILENKO 2, G OSTERTAG. MINNESOTA - J SMITH 2, K GARNETT, S MITCHELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-9 (.222), D MARSHALL 0-2, J STOCKTON 0-1, B RUSSELL 1-2, R LARUE 0-1, J STARKS 1-3. MINNESOTA 4-13 (.308), K GARNETT 0- 1, W SZCZERBIAK 0-2, C BILLUPS 1-3, W AVERY 0-2, A PEELER 3-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, JOE DEROSA, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 18,113. T - 2:13.


Box Score

UTAH (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Malone 42 9-15 9-11 1-12 3 3 27 D Marshall 39 5-12 1-2 3-8 1 2 11 J Collins 26 3-4 2-2 1-3 0 4 8 J Stockton 36 7-13 8-9 0-2 8 5 22 B Russell 31 2-7 0-0 2-6 3 5 5 R LaRue 12 3-6 2-2 0-0 0 2 8 G Ostertag 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Kirilenko 26 4-7 2-2 2-4 4 1 10 S Padgett 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 J Starks 19 1-6 2-2 0-1 1 2 5 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Stevenson DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 26-30 10-38 20 24 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (D Marshall 0-2, J Stockton 0-1, B Russell 1-2, R LaRue 0-1, J Starks 1-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (K Malone 3, D Marshall 2, A Kirilenko 2, G Ostertag). Turnovers:17 (A Kirilenko 5, K Malone 4, J Stockton 3, B Russell 2, D Marshall, R LaRue, J Collins). Steals: 6 (J Stockton 2, A Kirilenko 2, J Starks, K Malone).

MINNESOTA (89)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 3-14 10-12 1-11 2 1 16 J Smith 20 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 4 R Nesterovic 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 W Szczerbiak 45 13-17 7-8 0-1 2 4 33 C Billups 31 1-8 4-4 0-0 8 4 7 M Jackson 18 0-3 2-2 1-4 0 2 2 W Avery 11 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 G Trent 9 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 3 0 S Mitchell 12 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 6 A Peeler 27 6-9 2-3 2-4 5 0 17 F Lopez 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 25-29 7-31 21 27 89 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (K Garnett 0-1, W Szczerbiak 0-2, C Billups 1-3, W Avery 0-2, A Peeler 3-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (J Smith 2, K Garnett, S Mitchell). Turnovers:15 (K Garnett 3, J Smith 2, A Peeler 2, C Billups 2, W Szczerbiak 2, G Trent, S Mitchell, W Avery, R Nesterovic). Steals: 7 (J Smith 2, A Peeler, S Mitchell, F Lopez, R Nesterovic, W Szczerbiak).

------------------------------------------- UTAH 15 24 25 32 - 96 MINNESOTA 19 23 16 31 - 89 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Minnesota - (Defensive Three, 3:30 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,113. T: 2:13. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Joe Derosa, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Karl Malone and John Stockton finally led the Utah Jazz to victory over the floundering Minnesota Timberwolves.

Malone had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Stockton contributed 22 points and eight assists as the Jazz ended a five-game losing streak against the Timberwolves with a 96-89 triumph over their Midwest Division rivals.

Utah also opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Malone and Stockton scored all but two of the Jazz's 23 points in the final eight minutes as they won their second straight contest after ending a season-high four-game slide on Friday at Detroit.

Malone, who returned after missing Friday's game -- his first absence due to injury or illness since April 22, 1989 -- also helped limit fellow All-Star Kevin Garnett to 16 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

"He was holding the ball over his head," Malone said. "I've watched Kevin a lot and know he likes to hold the ball up to see where the defense is coming from because he's a great passer. So the split-second he turned his head, I was able to punch it out, and that kind of kept him a little bit at bay."

Wally Szczerbiak stepped up for Minnesota, scoring 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting. But it was not enough to prevent the Timberwolves from suffering their season-high seventh straight defeat.

"We're banged up, but a lot of it is mental," Szczerbiak said. "When you go through stretches like this, it seems like the little things cost you the game. It seems like nothing is going right."

Minnesota slipped into sixth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Portland.

Stockton hit a pair of free throws with 7:52 to play to give Utah a 75-67 advantage.

After Minnesota guard Anthony Peeler, who contributed 17 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting, nailed a jump shot, Malone converted a three-point play to make it 78-70.

"That's what we need to do more often (being opportunistic)," Stockton said. "The last few times we've played them, I think we've done the opposite. It was good to get one."

The Timberwolves pulled within four on Szczerbiak's jumper. But Malone scored the next four points, hitting two free throws with 5:21 left to restore Utah's eight-point lead, 82-74.

"Karl hit some tough shots. We weren't giving him easy, close-in looks, but Stockton was the biggest factor," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "He is a phenomenal athlete at age 40 who can control the game and do the things he does."

Stockton also led the Jazz on a 10-1 run to secure the victory at Detroit.

Szczerbiak tried to spark a comeback again as his layup with just over three minutes remaining reduced Minnesota's deficit to four.

After Stockton sank two free throws, Szczerbiak hit 3-of-4 from the line with 2:29 to go, cutting Utah's lead to 86-83. But Minnesota got no closer.

Malone recorded his lone steal -- to go along with three blocked shots -- by forcing Garnett to committ his third turnover.

"(Malone) was just there to be able to get a piece of the basketball inside," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's always been able to get to people if they drag the ball a little bit inside. He's got terrific hands."

"We are not getting easy buckets for K.G.," Peeler said. "He's having to earn every shot and we have to help him more."

Stockton converted a layup and Malone hit a pair from the line to make it 90-83 with 92 seconds left. The Jazz maintained at least a five-point lead thereafter.

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