Malone not bothered by misses, just wants wins

TORONTO (AP) -- Karl Malone didn't stop shooting despite missing
12 of his first 14 shots.

Malone scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the
Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 82-78 Sunday.

Matt Harpring had a team-high 23 points, and John Stockton added
15 for the Jazz, who have won just four of 11 games.

"I've played enough games to know not to get caught up in how
many shots you missed,'' Malone said. "I feel at any time it can
get going for you.''

After combining for just 12 points in the first three quarters,
Malone and Stockton combined for 18 in the fourth.

"To gut out a win like this means a lot because we need wins
really bad right now,'' Malone said.

Malone grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a short jumper to
give Utah a four-point lead with 1:35 remaining.

He then made one of two free throws, giving Utah an 81-76 lead
with 1:24 left.

After Toronto's Morris Peterson made a layup, Stockton hit one
of two free throws with 44 seconds left to give Utah an 82-78 lead.

Toronto's Voshon Lenard missed a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left
to seal the win.

"When it came down to the fourth quarter we went to John and
Karl because they've been there so long, and they came through for
us,'' Harpring said.

The Jazz finished their road trip 2-3.

Alvin Williams scored 20 points, and Antonio Davis had 18 points
and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who played without Vince Carter
(strained left quadriceps tendon).

"We couldn't score, but that's been a problem for us all
season,'' Williams said. "We also played poor defensively.''

Utah began the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 15-point lead
-- their largest of the game -- but the Raptors ended the quarter on
a 13-3 run to cut the lead to three.

The Raptors scored a franchise-low 28 points in the first half,
and Utah led 36-28 at halftime.

The Jazz scored just 10 points in the first quarter, but
Harpring had 14 points in the second.

Game notes
Malone scored just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in
Friday's loss to Detroit. He finished 6-for-20 against Toronto. ...
Utah's Andrei Kirilenko missed his second straight game because of
a strained back. ... Toronto's Lindsey Hunter didn't return after
leaving the game in the second quarter with a sore right knee. ...
Utah's Carlos Arroyo, waived by the Raptors last year, had eight
points and three assists in the first half.

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