Utah 110, Vancouver 101

Game 62: Friday night at the Delta Center... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Grizzlies 23 28 24 26 - 101

Jazz 29 28 28 25 - 110

1st quarter: The Jazz get plenty of inside scoring as Karl Malone, Adam Keefe, Greg Foster and Antoine Carr score at least six points each in the quarter. The Jazz shoot 67 percent as a team, yet still only lead by five.

2nd quarter: The Grizzlies won't go away. Pete Chilcutt scores 10 points off the bench and Bobby Hurley adds eight as Vancouver keeps within striking distance. John Stockton scores 10 points.

3rd quarter: Vancouver's Bryant "Big Country" Reeves scores 10 points in the period, but the Jazz are able to pad their lead with a balanced attack. Utah enters the final period up by 10, 85-75.

4th quarter: The Grizz start the quarter on a 13-3 run to knot the score at 88. Malone comes back in off the bench to save the day. The Mailman scores 14 of 16 Jazz points over a 31/2 minute span to give the Jazz a 106-97 lead with three minutes to play. Utah holds on for its ninth straight win.

Who's hot: Malone scored a game-high 30 points - including 14 in the fourth quarter. Greg Foster also had a big scoring night with 18 points, tying a career high.

Key to the game: The Jazz shot 50.7 percent from the field as a team, while the Grizzlies were only successful on 39.5 percent of their attempts.

Records: Jazz 46-16; Grizzlies 15-47

Quotable: "We don't have an answer for Karl (Malone). We do the best we can with double-teaming him. . . . But Karl was Karl and he made all of the big buckets when they needed it." - Vancouver coach Brian Hill.

Notable: Stockton scored his 15,000th point on a driving layup with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter. Stockton's accomplishment was announced at the next stoppage of play and he was given a standing ovation by the sellout crowd. The all-time NBA leader in assists and steals finished the game with 16 points, 11 assists and one steal. . . . Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek sat out his second consecutive game due to a sore right knee. He is expected to be back in action during Utah's upcoming five-game road trip. . . . The Jazz are now one game ahead of last year's pace after 62 games. The Jazz finished last season by winning 19 of their final 20 games, however, to post a franchise-best 64-18 mark. That won't be easy this season since they have 12 road games remaining, including seven against playoff-caliber opposition. . . . Greg Ostertag remained on the injured list. He was being re-evaluated after the game to see if he had improved enough to go on the upcoming five-game trip.

Next Up: Jazz at Detroit, Sunday, 10 a.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills.