Utah 92, Phoenix 73
Game 68: Tuesday at the Delta Center
... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Suns 23 12 15 23 - 73
Jazz 27 15 29 21 - 92
1st quarter: Karl Malone doesn't feel well but still manages to make the Suns defense look ill. He scores 13 points, and the Jazz lead by 13 before Phoenix closes the gap.
2nd quarter: Neither team can get much going. Phoenix makes 26 percent of its shots, while the Jazz shoot 39 percent. Greg Foster pulls down six rebounds to give him 11 for the game.
3rd quarter: The Jazz shoot 62 percent from the field, dominate the boards and don't turn the ball over a single time in opening up a 22-point advantage. Malone, Foster and Howard Eisley score six points each.
4th quarter: The Jazz starters get long rests. The subs increase the lead to 29 before the Suns close the gap a bit. Chris Morris scores nine for Utah.
Who's hot: Foster. He pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and added a dozen points and two assists.
Key to the game: Utah's 50-31 rebound advantage.
Records: Jazz 51-17; Heat 45-24
Quotable: "It was a discouraging game. We just have to learn from it and go from there." Suns coach Danny Ainge.
Notable: Malone's 19 points leave him 34 points behind Moses Malone for fourth place on the all-time NBA scoring list. He will likely pass Moses on Saturday night during a home game against the Lakers . . . Utah is now 10-10 against teams from the Pacific Division. The Jazz are 0-3 against Portland and 0-2 against the Lakers . . . Jazz coach Jerry Sloan gave the team Wednesday off. They will practice on Thursday before flying to Dallas for a Friday night game against the Mavericks . . . Antoine Carr did not dress for Tuesday's game due to a sore right hamstring. Carr, who has now missed three straight games due to the injury, is listed as doubtful for Friday night's game in Dallas.
Next up: Jazz at Dallas, Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Reunion Arena.