SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz aren't looking at reaching
.500 as a major accomplishment. It just means they no longer have a
"It's a start. But you don't want to get back to .500, relax
and say 'Phew, we made it,''' said John Stockton, who had nine
points and six assists.
But after starting the season 1-4, reaching 7-7 feels pretty
good to the Jazz, who have shot 50 percent or better in their last
"It's good for us to get back to .500. That was one of our
goals,'' Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We had a tough early
schedule, but so do many other teams.''
The Jazz shot 43-for-81 and outrebounded the Bulls 49-37.
Harpring led the Jazz with 10 rebounds and Malone added seven.
Every Utah player had at least one field goal. Jarron Collins
added 12 points and Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 for the Jazz, who
can have a winning record for the first time this season if they
beat the Los Angeles Clippers on the road Tuesday.
Jalen Rose scored 25 for the Bulls, who have lost four straight
to start a six-game road trip.
"It's always difficult to fall short,'' Rose said. "The
reality is we are improving, but we have to find a way to salvage a
victory. When you're a bad team, it seems like everything works
Donyell Marshall, who played two seasons in Utah before leaving
last summer as a free agent, was booed all night and finished with
"I wasn't paying attention to it,'' Marshall said.
The Jazz signed Harpring, who played in Philadelphia last
season, when they couldn't agree to terms with Marshall. Harpring
was 8-for-17 from the floor and is second only to Malone in scoring
for the Jazz.
"Matt's a warrior and that type of player is irreplaceable,''
Malone was usually up against two players nearly half his age in
20-year-olds Eddie Curry and Tyson Chandler. It didn't slow the
39-year-old Malone down much.
"Just other guys playing basketball. I don't think of them any
differently,'' Malone said.
After Chicago pulled to 68-62 on seven straight points from Rose
and a jumper by Jay Williams, Malone started a 9-2 run with one of
his seven assists to put the Jazz back in control.
Malone fed Greg Ostertag for a dunk, then added a pair of jump
shots during the run. Mark Jackson added a 3-pointer later in the
third to give the Jazz a 15-point lead, and they were up 82-69
entering the fourth.
Chicago never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
"The only way you learn how to win is to win,'' Bulls rookie
Jay Williams said. "We've got to learn how to win some games. We
haven't been doing it.''
Curry scored 10 and Chandler finished with nine points. Jamal
Crawford added 11 points for the Bulls.
The Jazz's 58 points in the first half were the most
they've scored in the first two quarters this season. ... After
Ostertag was called for a fifth foul, he pleaded with coach Jerry
Sloan to leave him in. Sloan went right for Collins, but before
Collins could get in, Ostertag was called for his sixth when Jay
Williams drove to the basket. ... Marshall answered the boos by
hitting his first jump shot to tie it at 9-all with 8:39 left in
the first quarter.