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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 18 26 25 28 97 PHOENIX 25 23 23 25 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 26, DONYELL MARSHALL 20, JOHN STOCKTON 18 PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 24, SHAWN MARION 24, JAKE VOSKUHL 11

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 9, KARL MALONE 7, SCOTT PADGETT 7 PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, JAKE VOSKUHL 8, JOE JOHNSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 11, KARL MALONE 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 8, JOE JOHNSON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,158


Extended Box

UTAH (97) AT PHOENIX (96)

UTAH

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

A KIRILENKO F 20 3-9 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 7 K MALONE F 35 12-27 2-2 2 5 7 5 4 1 1 26 J COLLINS C 16 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 0 0 4 J STOCKTON G 37 8-8 2-3 1 1 2 11 2 3 0 18 B RUSSELL G 18 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 1 3 4 J CROTTY 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 3 J AMAECHI 18 4-8 1-3 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 9 S PADGETT 28 2-8 0-0 4 3 7 3 2 1 1 4 D MARSHALL 27 8-12 4-4 2 7 9 2 2 1 1 20 D STEVENSON 13 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 J STARKS 17 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 G OSTERTAG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-88 12-16 13 26 39 28 21 12 8 97 (.477) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8 (14 PTS)

PHOENIX

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

S MARION F 39 9-18 4-5 1 10 11 2 1 0 2 24 C OUTLAW F 23 2-2 1-4 0 3 3 1 4 0 2 5 J VOSKUHL C 37 4-6 3-5 1 7 8 1 1 0 1 11 S MARBURY G 34 11-14 2-4 0 0 0 8 1 0 7 24 J JOHNSON G 39 3-9 0-0 2 4 6 7 1 0 3 7 M PALACIO 6 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 D MAJERLE 20 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 6 P HARDAWAY 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 2 0 0 A FORD 14 1-3 1-2 2 2 4 0 5 0 2 3 J WALLACE 11 4-4 2-2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 10 J CRISPIN 8 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 J TSAKALIDIS DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 37-71 17-26 9 31 40 23 17 4 18 96 (.521) (.654) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (26 PTS)

UTAH 18 26 25 28 - 97 PHOENIX 25 23 23 25 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - B RUSSELL. PHOENIX - D MAJERLE 2, S MARION 2, J VOSKUHL 2, S MARBURY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 1-6 (.167), A KIRILENKO 0-1, K MALONE 0-1, B RUSSELL 0-2, J CROTTY 1-1, S PADGETT 0-1. PHOENIX 5-13 (.385), S MARION 2- 4, J JOHNSON 1-2, D MAJERLE 2-5, J CRISPIN 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, MIKE CALLAHAN, RON GARRETSON. A - 17,158. T - 1:59.


Box Score

UTAH (97)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 20 3-9 1-2 1-1 0 0 7 K Malone 35 12-27 2-2 2-7 5 4 26 J Collins 16 2-4 0-0 1-5 2 2 4 J Stockton 37 8-8 2-3 1-2 11 2 18 B Russell 18 1-5 2-2 0-2 2 3 4 J Crotty 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 3 J Amaechi 18 4-8 1-3 2-3 0 3 9 S Padgett 28 2-8 0-0 4-7 3 2 4 D Marshall 27 8-12 4-4 2-9 2 2 20 D Stevenson 13 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 J Starks 17 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 G Ostertag DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 12-16 13-39 28 21 97 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (A Kirilenko 0-1, K Malone 0-1, B Russell 0-2, J Crotty 1-1, S Padgett 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:1 (B Russell). Turnovers:8 (B Russell 3, K Malone, D Marshall, J Crotty, S Padgett, D Stevenson). Steals: 12 (J Stockton 3, A Kirilenko 3, K Malone, D Marshall, S Padgett, D Stevenson, J Crotty, B Russell).

PHOENIX (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 39 9-18 4-5 1-11 2 1 24 C Outlaw 23 2-2 1-4 0-3 1 4 5 J Voskuhl 37 4-6 3-5 1-8 1 1 11 S Marbury 34 11-14 2-4 0-0 8 1 24 J Johnson 39 3-9 0-0 2-6 7 1 7 M Palacio 6 0-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 D Majerle 20 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 P Hardaway 9 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 0 0 A Ford 14 1-3 1-2 2-4 0 5 3 J Wallace 11 4-4 2-2 2-2 1 1 10 J Crispin 8 1-4 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 J Tsakalidis DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 17-26 9-40 23 17 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (S Marion 2-4, J Johnson 1-2, D Majerle 2-5, J Crispin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (D Majerle 2, S Marion 2, J Voskuhl 2, S Marbury). Turnovers:18 (S Marbury 7, J Johnson 3, C Outlaw 2, S Marion 2, A Ford 2, M Palacio, J Voskuhl). Steals: 4 (P Hardaway 2, D Majerle 2).

------------------------------------------- UTAH 18 26 25 28 - 97 PHOENIX 25 23 23 25 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Phoenix - 2 (Defensive Three, 6:01 3rd; Defensive Three, 9:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,158. T: 1:59. Officials: Gary Benson, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Dan Majerle could not come up with the fantastic finish.

Majerle missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, allowing the Utah Jazz to escape with a 97-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

A 14-year veteran, Majerle returned to the Suns this season after beginning his career in Phoenix. He was part of the renaissance of this club in the late 1980s and early 1990s and remains one of the most popular players in team history.

Known as "Thunder Dan," Majerle, 36, has said that this will be his last season. He has struggled with injuries but had a chance to give the fans one more memory.

"There have been a lot of interviews, people doing stories on it, so I've really been faced with a lot of questions about it," Majerle said. "It makes you think about what's going on, so it's really starting to sink in about how it's coming to an end, and I'm both excited and a little sad about it, too.

"I'm having such a good time in this latter half of the season and my whole career's been so nice. It's going to be kind of different leaving the game, but I'm also excited about spending the time with the kids, and having some time off."

Majerle's miss came after the Suns rallied from a 97-88 deficit in the final 94 seconds. Shawn Marion had a three-point play and Stephon Marbury a layup before Majerle's 3-pointer made it a one-point game with 30 seconds to go.

"It was a good look," Majerle said. "I kind of rushed it because I didn't know how much time I had. It just didn't go in, but we battled back in the last minute or so, and that gave us a chance to win the game."

"It was all you could ask for," Marbury said. "You give yourself a chance to win the game. We gave ourselves a chance. We could have won the game with that shot, but we played hard."

Karl Malone scored 26 points and Donyell Marshall added 20 for the Jazz (43-36), who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within one game of seventh-place Seattle in the Western Conference. The eight-place team likely will play powerful Sacramento in the first round.

"From my seat, it wasn't too much fun," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I didn't see too much fun throwing the ball away two or three times, not getting back down the floor defensively."

Marion had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Marbury added 24 and eight assists for the Suns, who have lost five of their last six games. Majerle scored six points -- all on 3-pointers -- in 20 minutes.

A three-point play by John Wallace pulled the Suns within 80-79 with 7:49 remaining before the Jazz went on a 10-1 run. Malone and Marshall scored four points each to open a 90-80 lead with 4:27 to go.

A three-point play by John Stockton, who had 18 points and 11 assists, had the bulge at 97-88 before the Suns stormed back. Stockton was 8-of-8 from the field.

"We almost gave that one away for sure," Stockton said.

"He's had a lot of those," Sloan said. "Now that he's 40, everybody talks about it. Maybe after he's through, people will recognize he's a pretty good player."

The Jazz shot 48 percent (42-of-88), scored an astounding 64 points in the paint and committed just eight turnovers.

Jake Voskuhl had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who shot 52 percent (37-of-71) but committed 18 turnovers. Voskuhl started for 7-2 Jake Tsakalidis, who sat out with a right knee injury.

"We certainly gave them far too many layups," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "They had 64 points in the paint and that is way too many."

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