Utah 110, Sacramento 95
Game 61: Wednesday night at the Delta Center... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kings 21 24 24 26 - 95
Jazz 28 25 33 24 - 115
1st quarter: Utah opens on fire, making its first dozen shots from the field as a team to take a lead of as many as 13. Karl Malone is particularly hot, making 6-for-6 for 12 points. He also dishes out three assists.
2nd quarter: The Kings keep the game relatively close. Three Bryon Russell 3-pointers - including two in the final 32 seconds, give the Jazz an eight point lead, 53-45 at the break. Mitch Richmond leads Sacramento in the first half with 16 points.
3rd quarter: Malone finally misses a couple of shots from the field (he was 7-for-7 in the opening half) but still manages 11 points and seven rebounds in the quarter. Corliss Williamson collects 14 for the Kings, but the Jazz still pad their lead.
4th quarter: John Stockton and Malone get the entire quarter off as the Jazz subs are able to maintain the lead. Seldom-used rookie point guard Jacque Vaughn scores five points in six minutes for the Jazz, while Chris Morris nets nine.
Who's hot: Stockton and Russell. Stockton made 6-of-7 shots - including a pair of 3-pointers - for 16 points to go along with eight assists in just 23 minutes. Russell was 5-of-6 - including three treys for 17 points with five rebounds.
Key to the game: The Jazz starters shot lights out from the field. They were a combined 28-of-35, for 80 percent shooting. Utah shot 59.4 percent for the game - a season-high for a Kings' opponent.
Records: Jazz 45-16; Kings 26-38
Quotable: "I'd like to play (on Friday). It's just a minor thing and a couple days of rest won't hurt after the six games in nine days that we played. Now that we're turning around to go on another road trip, they just want to make sure that it gets back to normal." Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek, talking about his sore right knee that held him out of Wednesday's game.
Notable: Hornacek broke a string of 299 consecutive games played, which had been the seventh-longest current streak in the league and second on the Jazz to Malone's games-played streak of 528 . . . . Shandon Anderson, in Hornacek's place, started for the first time in his NBA career. He also drew the tough assignment of guarding Richmond, a perennial all-star. Anderson finished with 14 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and five rebounds . . . . Stockton entered the game needing 19 points to give him 15,000 for his career. He scored 16, leaving him just three short . . . . The Jazz have now won 15 of their last 16 games and eight straight.
Next Up: Vancouver vs. Jazz, Friday, 7 p.m. at the Delta Center.