Utah 91, Philadelphia 79
Game 66: Friday night at the CoreStates Center
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jazz 15 26 28 22 - 91
Sixers 20 17 21 21 - 79
1st quarter: Utah picks up right where it left off on Wednesday night - in its 26-point loss to the Hornets. The Jazz fall behind by eight points early and shoot just 41 percent from the field.
2nd quarter: Howard Eisley dishes out six assists in five minutes of play to start the quarter as the Jazz rally. Utah takes the lead for good with 2:06 remaining in the half on a Greg Foster bucket. The Jazz hold a 41-37 lead at intermission.
3rd quarter: Utah goes on an 11-0 run and leads by as many as 17 points. Karl Malone, who struggled in the first half, heats up with 12 points and seven rebounds in the period. Philly's Allen Iverson scores 12 points, too.
4th quarter: The Jazz never quite put the game away but are never really threatened either. With Iverson out with a mildly sprained right ankle, the Sixers cup the gap to fewer than eight points.
Who's hot: Greg Foster. The Jazz's starting center scored 10 points on 5-of-9 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
Keys to the game: The Jazz won the battle of the boards, 41-33, and passed the ball better than they did against Charlotte.
Records: Jazz 49-17; 76ers 25-41
Quotable: "John (Stockton) is a great player, and I can learn a lot from him. It is a great test to play well against guys like him and to get my confidence up." - 76ers point guard Allen Iverson.
Notable: Malone surpassed Elvin Hayes to move into fifth place on the all-time NBA scoring charts with a layup in the third quarter. He's now scored 27,327 points during his career. The only players with more career points are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Moses Malone . . . . Jazz center/forward Antoine Carr sat out the game in street clothes due to a sprained right hamstring. He will not make the trip with the team to New York. Instead, he'll fly back to Salt Lake City to have his leg examined. "It's just precautionary," said the Big Dawg . . . . The Sixers' television broadcast made NBA history. Former Philadelphia coach Jim Lynam was a guest color analyst. His daughter, Dei Lynam, worked in her usual capacity as the sideline reporter. It was the first time a father-daughter team had ever broadcast a game together . . . . The Jazz are now 23-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. Their last game of the regular season against a team from the East will be Sunday.
Next up: Jazz at New York, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., at Madison Square Garden.