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Utah holds on to continue dominance of Warriors

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was wondering
when his team was going to win its first game of the season.

He didn't have to wait too long.

Karl Malone scored 26 points as Utah beat the Golden State
Warriors 101-92 Saturday night to avoid its first 0-3 start since
1979.

''It's nice to win that first game,'' Sloan said. ''You wonder
if it is ever going to happen.''

John Stockton added 15 points and seven assists as the Jazz
defeated the Warriors for the 16th consecutive time at home and the
24th time in their last 25 meetings.

Utah nearly blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but some
backups came through off the bench. Matt Harpring had 13 points and
11 rebounds, Scott Padgett scored 11 points and Calbert Cheaney
added 10.

Utah's bench outscored Golden State's reserves 43-22 -- despite
16 points from Oscar Torres.

''We can't win without our bench playing well. They finally
seemed to know where to go to get the open shots,'' Sloan said.

After Harpring's follow shot made it 92-77 with 5:32 left in the
game, Utah let its guard down and almost let the game get
away.

Antawn Jamison, who led Golden State with 23 points, scored
eight points in a 15-3 run that brought the Warriors to 95-92 with
1:17 remaining.

''It's hard to play from behind against a veteran team like that
and come back, but we did,'' Jamison said.

Padgett scored on a tough leaner in the lane and then Malone
knocked the ball away and made a driving layup on the other end to
seal the victory.

''I think not having won yet made it a little tense for us,''
Stockton said.

After starting the season with a 106-98 victory over San Antonio,
the Warriors have dropped two consecutive and still face five more
games on their current road trip.

Gilbert Arenas scored 19 and Erick Dampier had 12 points and 15
rebounds for Golden State, which allowed Utah to grab 24 offensive
rebounds.

Golden State managed just 37 percent shooting as the Jazz
defense confused the Warriors at times.

The Warriors stayed close by capitalizing for 20 points on
Utah's 18 turnovers, a problem that has plagued Utah in all
three of its games.

''We're proud we didn't quit, but it still boils down to wins
and losses,'' Golden State coach Eric Musselman said.

Game notes
Musselman, at 38 years old, is younger than Stockton and
Malone. ... Danny Fortson is yet to return to the Warriors since
leaving for his father's funeral in Pennsylvania during the
preseason. ... Utah is 20-3 overall against Golden State in the
Delta Center. ... The Warriors blocked nine shots, including three
by Dampier.

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