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Marshall scores 25 as Jazz dominance continues

3/24/2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz were in the zone against the
Golden State Warriors.

Donyell Marshall scored 25 points as Utah beat Golden State
112-103 on Saturday night, the Jazz's 22nd victory in their last 23
games against the Warriors.

After switching to a zone defense in the second quarter, the
Jazz took control with a 15-0 run.

"We were in a zone and we got in the open court," Sloan said.
"We were able to make some stops ... and nice baskets out of the
interchange."

The 2-3 zone caught the Warriors by surprise.

"They upped the pressure a little bit on us and we've got some
young guys that got flustered," Golden State coach Brain Winters
said.

Karl Malone, who scored 24 points, had five of Utah's six steals
in the surge that was capped by Marshall's layup that made it 50-34
with 2:58 left until halftime.

"The zone was really good. We are all active and had good
hands," said John Stockton, who had 13 points and 15 assists.

Antawn Jamison led Golden State with 28 points, and Bobby Sura
added 21. The Warriors have dropped 15 straight in Utah.

"When we went to the zone, I think we really did a good job of
opening it up and stealing the ball by putting a lot of pressure on
them," Marshall said.

Rookie Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points for Utah, which has won
four of its last five to strengthen its hold on the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Warriors cut the Jazz's lead to six points twice in the
final four minutes, but each time Marshall answered. Marshall dunked
to put Utah up 101-93 and, after Bob Sura made two free throws, hit
a 3-pointer to make it 104-95 with 2:44 to play.

"They're a team that executes the whole game and that makes it
difficult on you down the stretch. They made the plays when they
had to," Sura said.

The Warriors got back into the game in the third quarter with
precision long-range shooting and their own version of the zone.
Sura hit the third in a trio of 3-pointers that powered a 15-3 run
as Golden State cut it to 74-70 with 2:06 left in the third.

"We got back with a zone that they didn't handle very well
until they put some shooters in the game," Winters said.

The Jazz shot 55 percent in the fourth quarter and made three of four 3-pointers to clinch the game.

Game notes
The Jazz shot 51 percent. They are 14-1 when shooting over
50 percent. ... Official Marc Davis called a technical on John
Stockton in the second quarter. After Stockton continued to talk,
Davis cautioned him that he was on the verge of getting another.
... Golden State's Jason Richardson made a running one-handed shot
from beyond midcourt at the halftime buzzer. ... Karl Malone has
averaged 33.3 points against the Warriors this season. In 43 career
games against Golden State, the All-Star power forward is averaging
over 28 points -- his best against any NBA team. ... The Warriors
are tied with Memphis and Chicago for the fewest wins (17) in the
league.