Utah 122, New Jersey 115
Game 58: Friday night at Continental Airlines Arena... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jazz 31 23 37 31 - 122
Nets 36 19 24 36 - 115
1st quarter: For the fourth game in a row, Utah's opponent jumps out to an early lead. The Nets make nine of their first 10 field goals and lead by 10. Karl Malone and Jeff Hornacek score 10 each.
2nd quarter: The Jazz trail 50-40 before closing the half with a 14-5 run. Malone adds another eight points. Utah shoots 63 percent from the field for the half but is outrebounded, 19-15.
3rd quarter: The Jazz hit their first four shots and take the lead for good. Ex-Ute Keith Van Horn scores 11, but the Jazz outscore the Nets by 13.
4th quarter: The Jazz go up by 13, but Sam Cassell takes over for the Nets with 16 points to close the gap to three. Hornacek and Howard Eisley hit two free throws each in the final 12.8 seconds to ensure victory.
Who's hot: Malone, despite a reported death threat, scored 32 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Jazz to their fifth consecutive victory.
Key to the game: The Jazz shot 60.8 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Records: Jazz 42-16; Nets 33-28
Quotable: "If we continue to play like this, we will win games. (The Jazz) are a better team. They are a tougher team, but we didn't quit." Nets coach John Calipari.
Notable: Chris Morris did not suit up due to a "failure to comply with team rules." That was the official explanation. What it means is that he missed Thursday night's 12:30 a.m. curfew while in his old haunt. Morris played for the Nets from 1988-94. . . . Rony Seikaly, who could have been a member of the Jazz following a recent trade, was placed on the injured list for the Nets on Friday. He will miss at least the next five games. . . . Hornacek, who is second in the league in free-throw shooting, has fallen out of the top five from 3-point range. . . . Van Horn broke out of a recent shooting slump, making 10-of-16 shots and finishing with 23 points. . . . Attendance 20,049.
Next Up: Jazz at Milwaukee, tonight, 7 p.m. at the Bradley Center.