Utah 99, Vancouver 93
Game 74: Sunday at G.M. Place
... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jazz 25 29 24 21 - 99
Grizzlies 23 17 24 29 - 93
1st quarter: Utah jumps out to a 12-4 lead; Vancouver rallies to tie at 14. Jeff Hornacek nets eight points. Bryant Reeves scores eight for the Grizzlies.
2nd quarter: Utah's bench is too much for Vancouver's. Chris Morris leads the way with nine points as the Jazz open up a lead of 17.
3rd quarter: The teams trade baskets and neither one goes on a substantial run. Utah's biggest lead is 16, its smallest is 11. Hornacek and John Stockton combine for 14 points.
4th quarter: Utah leads by 16, but the Grizzlies whittle lead down to four. Malone scores 11 to ensure the Jazz don't give the entire lead away. Reeves nets a dozen for the Grizz.
Who's hot: Malone is the hottest Jazzman. He scores 25 points on 10-of-16 from the floor, adding six assists and six rebounds. The Mailman also makes all five of his free-throw attempts.
Key to the game: Utah played poorly in the fourth quarter but had built up enough of a lead to hang on for the slim victory.
Records: Jazz 56-18; Grizzlies 16-58
Quotable: "We were playing a team that has everything to gain and nothing to lose. They came out relaxed . . . This game really didn't matter to them. It mattered to us." - Malone, on why he wasn't surprised the Grizzlies hung in with the Jazz.
Notable: Not only did the victory give Utah a 4-0 season sweep of Vancouver, but it kept the Jazz perfect against the Grizzlies in the all-time series. Utah is 12-0 against Vancouver . . . The Grizzlies had only two players reach double figures, but they combined for 56 points. Reeves scored 30, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 26, with nine boards . . . Ex-Jazzman Blue Edwards started for the Grizz, scoring eight points with four boards, but he was just 2 for 7 from the field . . . The Jazz remained one-half game behind the Sonics for the best record in the conference. The Lakers trail the Jazz by 11/2 games . . . Antoine Carr missed his ninth consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring. He did not make the trip to Vancouver.
Next Up: Jazz at Golden State, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum.