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Utah 97, Golden State 80

1/14/2004

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It was pretty apparent which team had been
up late the night before and which team had been home resting.

The Utah Jazz took advantage of the weary Golden State Warriors
in the first and fourth quarters of a 97-80 win Tuesday night.

"Maybe it was because they had just played a tough game, but
they just weren't playing," Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko said.
"I think our tempo was a little bit high. We were just running and
they didn't have power."

Golden State lost to Memphis 115-113 at home Monday night in
double overtime, and all of the Warriors had trouble keeping up
with the Jazz.

Kirilenko finished with just 10 points on a poor shooting night,
but made up for it in just about every other category. Kirilenko
also had 10 rebounds, five blocks and seven assists.

"I've never seen a player like Andrei. He's amazing. He can do
everything on the floor," said Raul Lopez, who had 12 points and
five assists for the Jazz. "It's amazing, but no, he didn't
surprise me because I know he's one of the greats in the league."

The Jazz, who improved to 16-3 at home, were playing their fifth
straight game without Matt Harpring, who will have knee surgery
Friday and likely miss the rest of the season. They didn't seem to
miss him.

Utah's bench outscored Golden State's 47-28, getting
double-figure nights from Raja Bell (15 points), Sasha Pavlovic
(11) and Lopez.

"They played a tough one last night and we didn't," Bell said.
"We understand we have a job to do off the bench. That's to
support those guys and keep the energy level up."

Carlos Arroyo had 19 points and four assists and Greg Ostertag
pulled down 13 rebounds, including eight in the first quarter.

Golden State was sluggish early, scoring just 10 points in the
first quarter and starting slow in the second.

"We play a lot of basketball games and you never know what's
going to happen with the travel schedule," said Clifford Robinson,
who led Golden State with 23 points. "But with whatever, you have
to find a way to get yourself ready to play.

Brian Cardinal added 14 points and Speedy Claxton scored 12 off
the bench for the Warriors, who have lost nine of 10.

"Maybe guys were tired. Maybe guys were emotionally drained. I
don't know," Robinson said. "The time for looking for excuses is
over. We've got to play."

The Warriors were just 5-for-23 in the opening quarter while
falling behind 23-10, then fell behind by 17 in the second quarter.
Golden State cut its deficit to 52-45 by halftime, then made a
couple runs in the second half before losing steam.

A 12-2 run to end the third quarter gave Utah a 76-66 lead.
Pavlovic made a layup, then took a steal in for another easy basket
to start the run, which Arroyo continued with a 3-pointer, then
three straight free throws after being fouled beyond the arc with
1.5 seconds left.

After Golden State trimmed the lead to 81-76 with six straight
points, the Jazz pulled away for good. Kirilenko made a long jumper
before falling to the floor, the Lopez made a steal and started a
fast break, finishing it with a no-look pass to Bell for a layup.

The Warriors were worn out by then and didn't have a field goal
after Robinson's long jumper made it 89-78 with 2:44 remaining.<
^Notes@: Golden State had played two straight overtime games before
Tuesday. ... Golden State guard Calbert Cheaney, who played for the
Jazz last season, received scattered applause when he entered the
game midway through the first quarter. He finished with two points
and four rebounds. ... Robinson caught a ball and ran with it out
of bounds late in the first half. Referee Michael Henderson
initially called it Warriors' ball, but Robinson looked at him
laughing and pointing toward Utah's side of the court before the
call was reversed.