Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/18

Game 1: Monday, February 18th
Game 2: Thursday, March 28th

Jazz 103


Cavaliers 92

(18-34, 12-14 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2002

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 22 28 25 28103
    CLE 13 22 36 2192

    Top Performers

    UTAH: K. Malone 35 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cle: A. Miller 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl

    Jazz go to 5-2 on nine-game 'Olympic' trip

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- At age 38, Karl Malone still has plenty of fun making life miserable for opposing fans.

    Malone scored 35 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 103-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night -- then poked fun at fans who tried to disrupt his rhythm at the foul line by hooting, hollering and waving white balloons.

    Karl Malone

    Utah's Karl Malone calls himself an old, broken-down forward, but he scored 35 Monday and battled for loose balls.

    "They were vocal, but didn't cross the line," said Malone, who bowed to fans chanting, "Karl, Karl," as he left the game with 41 seconds to play.

    "It's like the fans are starting to say this guy has been doing this for 17 years, he's not going to do it much longer. I'm allowing myself to have a little more fun."

    Malone dominated the second half by scoring 23 points as Utah won its fifth straight and improved to 5-2 on its nine-game trip, forced by the Olympics in Salt Lake City. It is the club's longest trip since an 11-game swing in the Jazz's first season of 1974-75.

    "Everybody is making a big deal of it, but it doesn't matter," Jazz guard Bryon Russell said. "We've got to play on the road anyway."

    Malone looked right at home -- especially at the foul line, where he made 13 of 16 free throws. He was the key factor in forcing three Cleveland players -- centers Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Chris Mihm, and forward Tyrone Hill -- to foul out.

    "The only guy who really had a chance against him was Tyrone," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "Karl looked at me like I was nuts whenever I put somebody else in there. I told him, `That's all I got right now.' "

    Lamond Murray scored 25 points to lead the Cavs, who had a season-high, four-game winning streak snapped. Murray scored 11 points in the first 4:36 of the third quarter. Cleveland turned a 15-point halftime deficit into a 71-70 lead with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

    "What frustrates me is I'm crazy enough to believe we are supposed to win this game," Lucas said. "I know that's a better team, but we're at home and had won four straight. I didn't see the arrogance of a team that had won four in a row."

    Malone restored Utah's lead at 72-71 with a 17-foot jumper 21 seconds later. Cleveland never led again.

    Andre Miller had 18 points and 12 assists for Cleveland. He made a career-high 16 of 17 free throws, but shot just 1-for-9 from the field.

    "Once we got behind it was a long climb," Miller said. "They played tough, hard-nosed defense. We had to work for our baskets."

    Rookie forward Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 points for Utah, finishing six dunks at the end of give-and-go plays with John Stockton or Malone. Stockton had 12 points and six assists.

    The Jazz finished the first quarter on a 14-0 run to lead 22-13 as the Cavs went scoreless the final 6:12. Cleveland shot 26 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 50-35 at the break.

    Cleveland turned its game around in the third quarter, hitting 12 of their first 14 shots and going 7-for-7 from the foul line to tie it at 68.

    Game notes

    With eight rebounds, Malone passed Wes Unseld into ninth place on the NBA career list with 13,770. ... Lucas said point guard Bimbo Coles, who missed his third straight game because of a strained left knee, will be re-evaluated Friday. ... Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson completed his three-game NBA suspension for pleading no contest to having sex with a minor. ... Russell played in his 600th career game. ... The Cavs made 36 of 45 free throws. Both were team season highs. ... Hill, Miller and Ilgauskas shot a combined 19 percent (5-for-26) from the field.

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