Game Stats

Jazz 83, Spurs 82

FG FT Reb

SAN Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Tim Duncan 45 13-22 7-8 1-10 0 3 33

Will Perdue 24 1-1 6-6 2-10 0 4 8

David Robinson 42 5-17 6-11 4-16 0 4 16

Vinny Del Negro 30 3-7 2-2 0-1 5 3 8

Avery Johnson 39 6-11 2-4 0-1 8 2 14

Jaren Jackson 27 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 5 3

Chuck Person 22 0-3 0-0 0-4 1 1 0

Monty Williams 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0

Carl Herrera 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 240 29-64 23-31 7-47 16 23 82

Percentages: FG .453, FT .742. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Jackson 1-2, Del Negro 0-1, Person 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4). Turnovers: 16 (Robinson 4, Duncan 3, Perdue 3, Del Negro 3, Johnson 2, Person). Steals: 4 (Duncan, Johnson, Jackson, Person). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1.

FG FT Reb

UTAH Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Adam Keefe 11 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0

Karl Malone 39 10-22 5-7 0-8 4 4 25

Greg Foster 29 2-10 0-0 2-5 0 4 4

Jeff Hornacek 31 5-13 2-2 1-5 3 1 13

John Stockton 33 6-11 2-3 2-2 8 4 15

Howard Eisley 15 1-5 0-0 0-4 4 0 2

Bryon Russell 37 4-7 1-2 0-3 1 2 9

Greg Ostertag 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 0

Shandon Anderson 17 2-3 2-2 1-3 3 2 6

Antoine Carr 14 3-7 0-0 0-1 0 3 6

Chris Morris 7 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 3

Totals 240 34-84 12-16 8-34 24 25 83

Percentages: FG .405, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Hornacek 1-2, Stockton 1-2, Morris 1-2, Malone 0-1, Eisley 0-1, Russell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Malone, Carr). Turnovers: 8 (Malone 3, Eisley 2, Foster, Hornacek, Stockton). Steals: 8 (Hornacek 2, Stockton 2, Malone, Foster, Russell, Ostertag). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None.

San Antonio 16 30 14 22-82

Utah 26 26 16 15-83

A-19,911 (19,911). T-2:11.

Officials-Dick Bavetta, Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez.

Playoff stats

Second Fast- Game 1 Game Points in Biggest Chance Break

Score the paint Lead Points Points

Jazz 83 34 16 7 9

Spurs 82 38 2 4 8

Key Matchup

Game 1

Position: Forward

Karl Malone Tim Duncan

Minutes 39 45

Points 25 33

Field goals 10 13

3-pointers 0 0

Rebounds 8 10

Fouls 4 3

Assists 4 0

Turnovers 3 3

1st quarter: Like a couple of heavyweight fighters, the Jazz and Spurs are content to stick and jab one another for much of the opening stanza. The Jazz control the tempo but are unable to extend their advantage beyond four points. A Vinny Del Negro jumper trims the Jazz lead to 18-16, but he misses a 17-footer on the Spurs' next possession and the quarter's final minute becomes a Jeff Hornacek highlight film. During the next 23 seconds, the Jazz guard scores six points on a jumper and rarely seen 4-point play, converting a three-pointer and foul shot. A running jumper by Howard Eisley just prior to the buzzer gives the Jazz a comfortable 10-point cushion at 26-16. The Spurs' Triple Towers of David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Will Perdue seem better suited for a Gus Paulos commercial as Karl Malone's 10 points surpasses the trio's combined scoring output of eight.

2nd quarter: Utah's second unit doesn't miss a beat, adding three quick buckets by Bryon Russell, Antoine Carr and Shandon Anderson and extending the lead to 32-16. Enter Duncan, stage right. The NBA's Rookie of the Year scores 10 points in the period, drawing the Spurs to within five at 49-44 with a 4-foot jumper near the end of the half. But John Stockton, who tallies nine points in the quarter himself, nails a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left to boost the Jazz lead back to 52-44. Only there's that Duncan guy again, burying a 21-foot jumper to keep San Antonio close. Overall, the Spurs shoot a scintillating 12-for-18 (67 percent), cutting the Jazz's lead to 52-46 at the intermission.

3rd quarter: Putrid is too mild an adjective to describe the next 12 minutes for both teams. San Antonio ties the game at 56-56 with a pair or free throws by . . . you guessed it . . . Duncan at 6:02. The Jazz, however, outscore San Antonio 12-4 to re-establish a 68-60 lead after three. Most telling is that Perdue is the quarter's high scorer with six points. Utah connects on a paltry 6-22 from the field (27.3 percent), while San Antonio remarkably manages an even more inept 15.8 percent on 3-19 shooting.

4th quarter: Duncan is magnificant. Duncan is relentless. Duncan is only a rookie? He scores 17 of his team's 22 points. San Antonio takes its first lead since early in the first quarter, 80-79, when Avery Johnson makes good on second of two free throws with 2:48 to play. But the Mailman, en route to a quiet 25-point night, delivers a basket with an 11-foot running jumper on which he's fouled, but he misses the chance for a three-point-play. Yet another Duncan score gives the Spurs an 82-81 advantage, which Malone matches with another delivery with 1:12 to play for Utah's final margin of victory, 83-82. But the celebrating must wait until Duncan gives 19,911 Delta Center fans one final collective heart murmur, barely missing the potential game-winner with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Quotable

"That shot looked good. I was ready to run down and give him a hug."

Avery Johnson

Spurs point guard on Tim Duncan's would-be game-winning shot.