FORWARDS: Tim Duncan led all scores with 26 points, but he looked like Shaq when he loudly clanged two free throws off the rim with 54.6 ticks left in OT and the Spurs down by one. Karl Malone threw up plenty of bricks, too. He missed 16 of 26 shots for 22 points, but he clutched up by sinking 4 of his final 6 attempts. The Mailman, who also grabbed 12 boards, burned Duncan en route to a jam which put the Jazz up for good.
CENTERS: The only thing soft about David Robinson on Thursday was his shooting touch. The Admiral drilled 9 of 16 shots for 21 points and, although plagued by foul problems, he also hauled in 14 rebounds. Strangely, he didn't take a shot in the game's final three minutes after he scored the first three points in OT to give San Antonio a 101-98 lead. Greg Foster boosted the Jazz with six points in the opening quarter, but he struggled on D against Duncan. But then, who hasn't?
GUARDS: John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek played some of their best ball of the playoffs. Stockton totaled 18 points and 12 assists, and Hornacek ended with 21 points, seven assists and three steals. The Spurs' backcourt stayed up with them scoring-wise as Avery Johnson had 21 points and Jaren Jackson added 13. They only had five assists and two steals, though. Jackson, who started over Vinny Del Negro, blew a chance to be the hero when he missed an open 3 to end regulation.
BENCHES: The Big Dawg nearly blew the "woof" off the Delta Center. Giving the Jazz some much-needed scoring production from the post, Antoine Carr tallied 15 points in 26 minutes against his former team. As has come to be expected, Bryon Russell also had a strong game off the bench. He scored 16 points, including a Jordanesque jumper late in OT and a 9-for-10 performance from the free-throw line. The Spurs' subs scored 17 more points than they did in Game 1, but they were outscored 42-20 by the Jazz's reserves.
COACHING: Jerry Sloan deserves to get the nod here for something he did at the beginning of the season - convince Carr not to retire. The 37-year-old made Sloan look like a genius as he drilled 7 of 11 shots while playing 26 minutes (10 more than his playoff average). Though they don't have a win to show, credit Gregg Popovich and the Spurs for giving the Jazz all they could handle in the first two games at the Delta Center. Don't be too surprised if they return to SLC with a tied series.