Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Saturday, December 8th
Game 2: Monday, January 21st
Game 3: Saturday, March 23rd
Game 4: Saturday, April 13th

Jazz 101


Warriors 99

(13-27, 8-12 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    1:00 PM ET, January 21, 2002

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 21 29 21 30101
    GS 23 31 14 3199

    Top Performers

    UTAH: K. Malone 37 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    GS: A. Jamison 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast

    Malone lives at free throw line, Warriors pay

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Winters grimaced and muttered to himself as he dug into the Golden State Warriors' postgame buffet.

    "You don't get any whistles until you improve," the Warriors coach said. "That's just the way it is."

    It's a common lament for those who have tried to slow down Karl Malone during the prototypical power forward's 17 seasons, but nobody would argue that the Mailman doesn't earn every bit of respect he gets.

    Malone scored 37 points, making a season-high 16 free throws, in the Utah Jazz's 101-99 victory over Golden State on Monday.

    Bryon Russell made five free throws in the final 15 seconds to back another vintage performance by Malone, who got two of the young, struggling Warriors' top big men to foul out while defending him.

    "I love to compete. Winning is important, but I just love to compete against younger guys," Malone said. "Everybody writes you off all the time. It's kind of neat to continue to run the floor and make the younger guys play you."

    Scott Padgett added 13 points on perfect shooting as Malone and the Jazz wore down Golden State with a long parade to the free-throw line, then held off several late charges. Utah shot 26 free throws in the second half while beating the Warriors for the 26th time in their last 28 meetings.

    "I told our guys that (the Warriors) have a little more toughness than we do in certain areas," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We challenged that a little bit and didn't let them get second-chance shots. The Warriors are playing hard, and they're going to get better."

    Five of the 13 highest-scoring games of Malone's career have come against the Warriors, and he was in excellent form again. The Mailman had his season-high of 39 points in the teams' earlier meeting this season, and he scored 18 points in the first half Monday despite making just four field goals.

    "We tried to run some guys over and get the ball out of Malone's hands, but they found him on the other side of the court," Winters said. "He made some big-time shots. He had two or three long jumpers. There's not much you can do about that."

    Malone, who also had 11 rebounds, eventually wore down the Warriors' defense, with Danny Fortson and Erick Dampier angrily protesting calls after they fouled out in the closing minutes.

    In a game dominated by prolonged runs, Utah scored nine straight points midway through the fourth quarter, taking an 87-82 lead on five consecutive points by Padgett.

    Golden State repeatedly pulled within two points in the final 90 seconds, but Malone hit a long jumper, and Russell tipped a critical offensive rebound to John Stockton with 27 seconds left.

    After Jason Richardson's 3-pointer pulled Golden State within 100-99, Russell hit one free throw with five-tenths of a second left, then expertly banked the second shot off the rim to run out the clock.

    Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and Larry Hughes had 19 for Golden State, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games. The Warriors had six players in double figures.

    After a brief surge when Winters took over for Dave Cowens, the Warriors are back in the underachieving form that sunk them to the bottom of the Pacific Division -- though the coach and his players both see positive signs from their downward spiral.

    "We've been doing a great job of making a game out of it. Our defense has really stepped up," said Jamison, usually not known for his optimistic disposition after losses. "Guys have to continue to stay positive, stay focused and keep working hard, and we will definitely go in the right direction."

    Game notes
    Of course, Sloan wasn't completely happy with the win. He made a postgame swipe most likely directed at John Starks, who played just two minutes. "We have some guys kind of riding it out right now. They're not putting the extra effort into it. ... If you're shooting the ball in the 30-percent range and you don't go work out, you're saying it's not important enough. We've had some guys (show) the game is not that important to them." ... Backup forward Chris Mills had the flu and didn't dress for the Warriors. ... Utah has won in 10 of its last 11 trips to Oakland, with the only loss coming last season. ... The Jazz won for the first time on their three-game road trip.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 99
    FGM-FGA 32-78 (.410) 36-77 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 4-7 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 32-40 (.800) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-43 14-40
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 14 19
    Steals 14 6
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 10 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 28 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 37
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0