SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- So far, Jerry Sloan's suspension isn't
hurting the Utah Jazz.
In fact, the volatile coach's seven-game suspension for shoving
an official may have sparked Utah's modest winning streak, which
reached three games Friday night as the Jazz beat Golden State
"We're just trying to keep the ship going until Jerry can get
back," said John Stockton, who had 11 assists and seven points.
If Jazz keep shooting like they did against the Warriors, it
isn't going to matter who coaches them. Utah was 43-for-78 (55
percent) from the floor while avenging a loss to the Warriors last
week that snapped Utah's seven-game winning streak in the series.
"Every time we'd get it close, we'd take a quick shot, run down
the shot clock or a turnover here and there," Jamison said. "This
is a veteran team. They know how to keep a lead ahead of people,
especially in the fourth quarter."
Sloan's outburst against referee Courtney Kirkland, for which
the coach apologized Thursday, will keep him off the bench for more
than two weeks. But it also seemed to motivate the Jazz.
Utah had lost three straight before Sloan was kicked out in the
first quarter at Sacramento, then went on to beat the Kings,
Portland on Wednesday and the Warriors, who had won three of four
Johnson has been on Sloan's staff for 15 years and served two
stints as a head coach with the Kings, so the Jazz are in
experienced hands. Just like Sloan, Johnson is tough to please.
"Am I comfortable? Never," Johnson said. "I have been in this
business for 40 years and I am never comfortable."
The Jazz can go a season-high 11 games above .500 with a win on
the road against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. It will be
their third game in four nights.
Utah never trailed by more than six and took over the game by
outscoring the Warriors 30-21 in the second quarter. Utah led 59-52
at halftime and never let Golden State get closer than four in the
final two quarters.
"They tried to come out and run us and it happened in the first
quarter when they were getting some easy layups," Harpring said.
"The last time we played them we weren't really playing any
defense and we kind of gave the game away. So this time we actually
Murphy capped a 9-2 run that got the Warriors to 73-69 late in
the third quarter, but the Jazz regained control with back-to-back
field goals by Greg Ostertag, who hit a shot just outside the lane
as the shot clock expired, and Scott Padgett.
Stockton hit a 3-pointer and Malone added a three-point play
with 2 minutes, 4 seconds left in the game to put the Jazz up
101-90, ending a 9-3 run.
Golden State has lost 17 straight at the Delta Center.
"It's tough," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said of the
The Jazz were 26-for-44 (59 percent) in the first half. ...
Kirilenko blocked Sura in the lane just before the buzzer at the
end of the first quarter to keep the Warriors' lead at 31-29. ...
Cheaney didn't miss a shot until late in the fourth quarter when he
got off a 20-foot jumper just before the shot clock expired.