FORWARDS: Karl Malone didn't get any calls his way down low, so he forced the Three Tall Amigos to guard him outside. But they were helpless as the biggest shooting guard in NBA history nailed 14 of 17 mid-range outside shots for a game-high 34 points. Bryon Russell, who started for Adam Keefe, gave the Spurs' match-up problems right away. Russell played 45 minutes and scored 12. Tim Duncan had a quiet 22-point outing.

Edge: Jazz

CENTERS: Malone wasn't the only Jazz bigman who acted like a guard Sunday. Greg Foster scored nine points, including a 3-pointer and several outside jumpers, in the 1st quarter. He finished with 13 points and five rebounds. To boot, Greg Ostertag gave Utah a strong 16 minutes. He grabbed nine rebounds, blocked three shots and even rattled in a couple of clutch free throws. David Robinson only made 5 of 13 shots for 15 points with 11 rebounds, and Will Perdue didn't score.

Edge: Jazz

GUARDS: Though Avery Johnson had another brilliant game, the edge goes to the Jazz - if for no other reason than Jaren Jackson's lousy 3-for-15 shooting performance. John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek weren't stellar statistically, combining for 12 points and 12 assists, but they did a lot of the little things well (ie, setting picks, double-teaming). However, Johnson continued to have his way with that left-handed floating runner in the lane. He scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Edge: Jazz

BENCHES: The Jazz lost their best bench player when Russell was put into the starting lineup. Still, Utah's reserves - most notably Ostertag - gave a lift when needed and especially on defense. Four Jazz subs - Ostertag, Antoine Carr, Howard Eisley and Shandon Anderson - played for 13 minutes or more. They weren't spectacular, but they combined for 11 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Spurs' backup guard Vinny Del Negro had a nice game, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Edge: Jazz

COACHING: Jerry Sloan opted not to have a shoot-around session Sunday morning. Instead, he made the Jazz suffer through the not-for-children-or-adults horror video of Saturday's humiliating 22-point loss. Cruel punishment, yet obviously effective. Sloan's starting lineup switch also worked to Utah's advantage as the Jazz bursted out to a 6-0 lead and never fell behind the Spurs. Gregg Popovich's troops came out flat and were outrebounded (38 to 33) for the first time in the series.

Edge: Jazz