Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Saturday, January 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 5th
Game 3: Thursday, February 28th
Game 4: Monday, March 11th

Jazz 79


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2002

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    UTAH 21 11 18 2979
    MEM 32 19 21 1486

    Top Performers

    UTAH: S. Padgett 14 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Stl

    Mem: P. Gasol 19 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Sloan says Utah's tired legs are 'no excuse'

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Utah Jazz just didn't seem ready to play the Memphis Grizzlies.

    "They cracked us early," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "It looked like we wanted to play in tuxedos, and they were the ones who wanted to work."

    Rodney Buford scored 20 points and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Memphis charged to an early lead and snapped a three-game losing streak with an 86-79 victory over Utah on Tuesday night.

    "Our defense was solid and our offense was very good," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "We moved the ball around well and did a good job of finding the open man. We hit open shots, but it was our defense in particular."

    Memphis pushed its lead to double figures at 2:44 of the first quarter, and Utah never got closer than 10 points until the final seconds.

    "They came out running up and down the court and made their open shots," Jazz forward Karl Malone said. "Everyone gets up to play the Utah Jazz, Karl and John (Stockton), and they have for 17 years."

    Tony Massenburg and Shane Battier each scored 12 points for the Grizzlies. Grant Long added 10.

    Andrei Kirilenko led Utah with 15 points. Scott Padgett had 14 points and 15 rebounds in a reserve role. Malone and Quincy Lewis each scored 10 points for the Jazz, who lost their second game in as many nights.

    "Tired legs are no excuse," Sloan said. "These fellas make a lot of money. I can understand if someone was sick, but I don't think anyone was sick."

    Utah looked uninspired from the start. The Jazz shot a season-low 30 percent from the field. Utah's previous low was 36.3 in an 89-81 victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 29.

    Memphis led 51-32 at the break as the Jazz shot 3-for-21 from the field in the second quarter and scored a season-low point total in the opening half. Utah committed 12 first-half turnovers, including three by Stockton.

    Gasol and Buford each scored 14 points in the first half for Memphis.

    Memphis extended its lead to 72-50 by the end of the third quarter.

    As Memphis put the game out of reach midway through the third, the Jazz rested their starters.

    Malone played just 30 minutes, while Stockton played 25.

    "I've said it time and time again, regardless of what these guys go through on the court, they are going to come back and play hard," Lowe said. "They may lose one, or two, maybe three games, but it's never over with this group."

    Game notes
    Sloan sent Utah reserve center Greg Ostertag to the locker room with 7:35 left in the third after the player reportedly bumped Sloan on the sideline. Sloan said Ostertag would be suspended for the incident. Asked if he bumped Sloan, Ostertag replied: "You're not going to get an answer from me."... Memphis reserve Stromile Swift missed the game with a strained toe. ... Memphis G Jason Williams also missed the game, his fifth straight after surgery for two ingrown toenails. ...The Jazz entered the game holding a 22-2 advantage in the series with the Grizzlies. ...The victory marked the Grizzlies' first win over Utah at home.

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