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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             21   21   21   29    92   
     MEMPHIS          25   23   25   30    103     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 22, MATT HARPRING 21, JOHN 
                      STOCKTON 13
                MEM - WESLEY PERSON 27, PAU GASOL 18, LORENZEN
                      WRIGHT 17

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 10, MATT HARPRING 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                MEM - PAU GASOL 9, LORENZEN WRIGHT 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, KARL MALONE 5, MARK 
                      JACKSON 5
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 11, EARL WATSON 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   13,317

Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 34 6-16 6-6 4-8 3 3 21 K Malone 43 9-16 4-6 1-5 5 1 22 G Ostertag 23 2-3 2-4 5-10 1 4 6 J Stockton 31 6-13 0-0 0-1 9 2 13 C Cheaney 31 5-10 0-0 2-4 0 3 10 M Jackson 17 2-8 3-3 0-1 5 1 7 A Kirilenko 30 1-4 6-8 0-5 1 2 8 T Massenburg 18 1-4 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 S Padgett 5 0-2 1-2 1-1 0 2 1 J Amaechi 8 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 D Stevenson DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Arroyo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 22-29 15-40 24 21 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (M Harpring 3-5, K Malone 0-1, J Stockton 1-3, M Jackson 0-1, A Kirilenko 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (A Kirilenko 3, K Malone). Turnovers:14 (M Harpring 3, J Stockton 2, S Padgett 2, C Cheaney 2, A Kirilenko 2, T Massenburg, M Jackson, K Malone). Steals: 8 (K Malone 3, M Harpring 2, A Kirilenko 2, G Ostertag). MEMPHIS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 35 4-7 2-3 2-4 2 4 12 P Gasol 40 7-13 4-4 1-9 1 3 18 L Wright 35 8-12 1-1 3-8 2 6 17 J Williams 37 5-11 4-5 0-5 11 1 15 W Person 42 9-17 3-4 0-4 2 2 27 M Batiste 16 0-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 E Watson 14 2-3 0-0 0-2 7 2 5 S Swift 21 2-6 5-6 1-5 1 4 9 B Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Dickerson DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN M Miller DNP - BACK SPASMS C Trybanski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-75 19-23 8-39 26 23 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (S Battier 2-4, J Williams 1-4, W Person 6-10, M Batiste 0-2, E Watson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:10 (L Wright 3, S Swift 2, S Battier 2, P Gasol 2, J Williams). Turnovers:14 (P Gasol 4, W Person 3, L Wright 2, J Williams, M Batiste, S Swift, S Battier, E Watson). Steals: 10 (W Person 2, L Wright 2, J Williams 2, S Swift, S Battier, E Watson, M Batiste). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 21 21 21 29 - 92 MEMPHIS 25 23 25 30 - 103 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (COACH Sloan, 1:45 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,317. T: 2:15. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT MEMPHIS (103) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 34 6-16 6-6 4 4 8 3 3 2 3 21 K MALONE F 43 9-16 4-6 1 4 5 5 1 3 1 22 G OSTERTAG C 23 2-3 2-4 5 5 10 1 4 1 0 6 J STOCKTON G 31 6-13 0-0 0 1 1 9 2 0 2 13 C CHEANEY G 31 5-10 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 10 M JACKSON 17 2-8 3-3 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 7 A KIRILENKO 30 1-4 6-8 0 5 5 1 2 2 2 8 T MASSENBURG 18 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 S PADGETT 5 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 J AMAECHI 8 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 D STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION C ARROYO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-81 22-29 15 25 40 24 21 8 14 92 (.407) (.759) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15 (15 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 35 4-7 2-3 2 2 4 2 4 1 1 12 P GASOL F 40 7-13 4-4 1 8 9 1 3 0 4 18 L WRIGHT C 35 8-12 1-1 3 5 8 2 6 2 2 17 J WILLIAMS G 37 5-11 4-5 0 5 5 11 1 2 1 15 W PERSON G 42 9-17 3-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 3 27 M BATISTE 16 0-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 E WATSON 14 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 7 2 1 1 5 S SWIFT 21 2-6 5-6 1 4 5 1 4 1 1 9 B KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DICKERSON DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN M MILLER DNP - BACK SPASMS C TRYBANSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-75 19-23 8 31 39 26 23 10 14 103 (.493) (.826) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17 (17 PTS) UTAH 21 21 21 29 - 92 MEMPHIS 25 23 25 30 - 103 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - A KIRILENKO 3, K MALONE. MEMPHIS - L WRIGHT 3, S SWIFT 2, S BATTIER 2, P GASOL 2, J WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-11 (.364), M HARPRING 3-5, K MALONE 0-1, J STOCKTON 1-3, M JACKSON 0-1, A KIRILENKO 0-1. MEMPHIS 10-21 (.476), S BATTIER 2-4, J WILLIAMS 1-4, W PERSON 6-10, M BATISTE 0-2, E WATSON 1- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - COACH SLOAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON, VIOLET PALMER. A - 13,317. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- When Memphis Grizzlies fans found out Mike Miller was not playing, they booed. By the time Wesley Person was finished with the Utah Jazz, they were cheering. Person scored 19 of his season-high 27 points in the second half as the Grizzlies posted an 103-92 victory over the Jazz. "We had a monster game from Wesley Person," Memphis coach Hubie Brown added. "Tonight, Person was on fire." The game was billed as Miller's home debut. But Miller, the third-year swingman who was acquired by general manager Jerry West in a four-player deal with Orlando on Wednesday, was out with back spasms. Miller had averaged 17 points in his first two games but was held out at the last minute and is day-to-day. But instead of getting blown out by the Jazz for the fourth straight meeting, the Grizzlies closed the first half on an 8-2 spurt and took a 48-42 lead into the locker room. As the second half started, they didn't let the Jazz hang around, opening a 68-54 cushion with 4:14 remaining in the third period. Point guard Jason Williams started the spurt by converting his steal into a layup. Person added a pair of 3-pointers around a dunk by Pau Gasol, and the Grizzlies finished the run with a 3-pointer by Shane Battier and another dunk by Gasol. Memphis took a 73-63 advantage into the fourth quarter before Person heated up. He made two of his six 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds, helping the Grizzlies make six of their first seven shots. The Jazz put together a 9-0 spurt, pulling within 90-83 with 4:19 remaining on Matt Harpring's 3-pointer. Person sank two more 3-pointers and added a pair of free throws to clinch just the fifth win for Memphis in 31 meetings with Utah. Person shot 9-of-17 from the floor and made 6-of-10 3-pointers as he surpassed his season high by three points. "I got into a rhythm shooting the ball," said Person, who came into the game second in the NBA in 3-point shooting. "I've been staying out extra trying to get some extra shots because I've been struggling from the floor. Tonight I found a good rhythm quick and I just kept the flow going." Person had plenty of help from his teammates, who had lost by an average of 27.7 points in the previous three meetings with the Jazz. Gasol, who had encountered difficulties against Karl Malone in previous meetings, added 18 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Lorenzen Wright chipped 17 and eight rebounds in 35 minutes, helping the Grizzlies to 40 points in the paint. "The three times we've played them, they really dominated us," Wright said. "We wanted to come out tonight and play basketball the way we know we can play basketball. Everybody really came to play tonight. This was a game we felt we had to win. We wanted to come in, dig deep and show everybody that they don't own us." Williams also collected 15 points and 11 assists and Battier contributed 12 points. It was just the opposite for Utah, which was opening the first of two lengthy road swings in the next month. Facing their second straight sub-.500 opponent, the Jazz shot just 41 percent (33-of-81) and trailed by as many as 16 points. Utah, which had shot 50 percent in its previous five games, shot just 29 percent in the first quarter and 37 percent in the first half (16-of-43). "You can't start off like we did," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We started off just shooting jump shots out on the perimeter. They established who they wanted to be right at the beginning and we established who we didn't want to be." "We just weren't ready to play tonight," Harpring admitted. "We came out soft and they jumped on us. We just didn't play our game and when we wanted to play it was too late."


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