Utah 94, New York 78

Game 51: Wednesday night at the Delta Center... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Knicks 19 11 14 34 -78

Jazz 21 35 18 20 -94

1st quarter: New York misses its first seven shots as Utah takes the lead for good with a 9-0 run to open the game. Karl Malone finishes the period with nine points and six rebounds to lead the Jazz. Allan Houston scores nine for the Knicks, who eventually close the gap to two points.

2nd quarter: A 14-0 run midway through the period allows Utah to pull away from New York. The Jazz build a 26-point advantage by halftime. Utah shoots 63 percent from the field, while New York is a woeful 26 percent. Malone nets 10 points in the quarter, while Adam Keefe grabs five rebounds.

3rd quarter: Jeff Hornacek's layup with 1:40 remaining gives Utah its biggest lead of the night at 72-38. The cold-shooting Knicks continue to bend the rims - connecting on just 35 percent in the period. The Jazz are once again led by Malone who nets six points and four rebounds.

4th quarter: With the game well out of reach, New York finally finds its shooting touch. The Knicks eventually close the gap to 14 points in the final two minutes. Anthony Bowie comes off the bench to score 11 for New York. Shandon Anderson tops Utah with seven points.

Who's hot: Malone and Keefe. Utah's starting forwards have combined to pull down 45 rebounds over the past two games. Malone finished with a game-high 25 points.

Key to the game: New York's inability to shoot the basketball. The Knicks were just 13 of 43 from the field (30.2 percent) in the first half as the Jazz built a commanding 26-point lead.

Records: Jazz 36-15; Knicks 29-22.

Quotable: "(The Knicks) were a little bit tired, in all fairness to them.

They played last night and we didn't. I think that was evident by some of their play." - Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.

Notable: Utah has now won six straight games . . . The game was televised to a national cable audience. Hubie Brown and Dick Stockton called the action for TBS . . . New York's walking wounded - Patrick Ewing (wrist), Ronnie Grandison (knee) and Buck Williams (knee) - watched the game in street clothes . . . After the game, Jazz basketball operations boss Scott Layden announced that Utah voided its trade for Rony Seikaly when the Orlando center failed to report within 48 hours of the deal. Greg Foster and Chris Morris will return to the Jazz Thursday . . . The attendance was 19,911.

Next up: Jazz at San Antonio, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.