Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 12th

Jazz 111


Magic 108

(33-33, 20-13 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 12, 2003

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 32 30 23111
    ORL 24 25 39 20108

    Top Performers

    Utah: K. Malone 40 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

    Orlando: T. McGrady 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mailman becomes second player to notch 36,000 points

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Karl Malone knows the game, and part of that wisdom is knowing the referees.

     Karl Malone

    Cajoling the officials all night, Malone went to the free-throw line 22 times en route to a season-high 40 points as the Utah Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 111-108 on Wednesday night. Malone had 24 points after halftime, with 14 coming on foul shots.

    Malone, who also had nine rebounds, made 16 foul shots, going 10-for-12 in the third quarter. His free throws attempted set a record for an Orlando opponent.

    "I was laughing, watching (Malone)," Orlando's Tracy McGrady said. "He's a vet and he knows how to get it done. He did a hell of a job working them."

    Malone, though, was reluctant to discuss his skill at finessing the refs. "I'm about to end this interview if I hear another question like that," he snapped at reporters.

    The Magic had a chance to tie the game after John Stockton missed a jumper with 8 seconds to go. Andrew DeClercq rebounded, but Malone intercepted his outlet pass and was fouled. He then sank two of four foul shots in the final 1.5 seconds for the victory -- Utah's third in four road games.

    "I knew he was going to throw it because they were in a rush," said Malone, who had four steals.

    Malone passed the 36,000-point mark on a three-point play with 4:20 remaining in the first half. Only one player in NBA history has more -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387.

    "It's unbelievable to me that he's still playing," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He simply makes shots. Most people can't do that without jumping over people, but Karl doesn't do that. He just lays it in the basket."

    Stockton, who sat briefly in the second half after turning an ankle, had 12 points and six assists. Matt Harpring added 12, while Andrei Kirilenko and Scott Padgett each had 11.

    Utah shot 53.5 percent, the second straight night Orlando has allowed its opponent to make more than half its shots.

    Orlando, losers of three of its last four, got 32 points from McGrady despite a subpar shooting night. Pat Garrity came off the bench for 20 points and eight rebounds.

    Gordan Giricek, who had been averaging better than 17 points since the Magic traded for him four weeks ago, had 13 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

    Utah trailed by eight points with eight minutes remaining, but used a 15-7 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 107 on Harpring's runner with 2:13 to play.

    Kirilenko hit two foul shots with 1:43 remaining to give Utah the lead for good, and the Magic missed their next three shots before Malone's steal. Two misses were by McGrady, who shot 9-for-26.

    The Magic appeared to be fading early in the second half, as the Jazz opened a 13-point lead. But Orlando came back after official Ed Malloy slapped DeClercq with a technical for staring following a non-call, then hit Magic coach Doc Rivers when he came off the bench in fury. Stockton's two foul shots put the Jazz ahead 77-65.

    "It was the worst technical foul I have ever seen in my entire life,'' Rivers said. "It was the young guy who was intimidated the entire night. He really was."

    Giricek and Garrity sank 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, sparking Orlando to a 19-7 run, and Darrell Armstrong's free throw tied the game at 84 with 1:23 remaining in the quarter. The teams then traded baskets until McGrady scored the first seven points of the fourth period to give Orlando a 95-88 lead.

    Malone sank a layup after being whacked in the head, then gestured he had been struck. He was hit with a technical, as was Sloan. Garrity made both foul shots.

    Ten seconds later, Malone was called for defensive 3-seconds technical, and again Garrity converted for a 98-90 lead with 8:47 remaining.

    Utah showed why it is the best passing team in the league while opening a 58-49 lead at the halftime. Shooting 57 percent (24-for-42), the Jazz recorded assists on all but six field goals.

    They also outscored Orlando in the paint 32-16.

    The veteran Malone had his way early with Drew Gooden, losing the rookie twice for open dunks as he scored seven of Utah's first 13 points.

    "If you say, 'OK, I'm going to play a rookie on you head-up,' all right, we'll see," Malone said.

    Game notes
    Midway through the fourth quarter, the officials conferred and waved off Garrity's running 3-pointer off Giricek's offensive rebound at halfcourt. Although no horn sounded, the officials said the 24-second clock had expired. The shot would've put Orlando up 103-92 with 6:28 left to play. ``You know, there were a lot of big calls that were the wrong calls,'' Rivers said. ... Orlando failed in its attempt to sweep Utah for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 108
    FGM-FGA 38-71 (.535) 35-82 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 10-27 (.370)
    FTM-FTA 31-37 (.838) 28-34 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-39 16-37
    Assists 24 18
    Turnovers 17 14
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (3/0) 26 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 40
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0