Utah 101, Golden State 99
Game 75: Friday at the Oakland Coliseum Arena
... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jazz 24 20 29 28 - 101
Warriors 25 25 23 26 - 99
1st quarter: The Jazz come out flat. Muggsy Bogues guides the Warriors on an early 8-2 run, and they lead most of the way. Karl Malone nets 11 points for Utah to keep the game close.
2nd quarter: Donyell Marshall scores eight points as the Warriors open up leads of as many as seven points. Erick Dampier adds seven points for Golden State, which leads 50-44 at the half.
3rd quarter: Malone has the most individually prolific scoring quarter in franchise history. He nets 25 points, one more than Pete Maravich (March 13, 1976) and Adrian Dantley (Dec. 15, 1982) scored in their best-ever quarters. The Jazz enter the final period tied.
4th quarter: Malone stays hot with a dozen points - the most important bucket coming with 2.2 seconds left and the game tied, 99-99, giving the Jazz the two-point victory.
Who's hot: The Mailman. Malone's 56 points were the most by any player in the league this year and his second most in a game ever, trailing only his 61-point effort against Milwaukee in 1990. He was 18-for-29 shooting from the field and 19-for-23 from the line.
Key to the game: What else? Karl Malone putting the rest of the Jazz on his broad shoulders and carrying them to a much-needed victory.
Records: Jazz 57-18; Warriors 16-60
Quotable: "When I took that (long-range 3-pointer) at the end of the third quarter, I thought, `If this goes in, I know I'm in one of those zones.' " - Karl Malone, whose 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer tied the score at 73-all.
Notable: Malone needed 56 points to reach 2,000 for the season for an NBA-record 11th consecutive year. He got all 56 in a single night . . . Antoine Carr didn't make the trip, thus missing his 10th consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring . . . Former Jazz center Felton Spencer scored 10 points - tying his season high - before fouling out in 22 minutes . . . The Jazz improved to 13-11 on the year against the Pacific Division with the victory. Utah swept the season series against the Warriors, 4-0. Golden State is the only team from the Pacific not to have beaten the Jazz this year. By contrast, the Jazz are 19-1 against the Midwest Division. The only divisional rival to have beaten the Jazz this season is tonight's opponent, the Spurs.
Next Up: San Antonio vs. the Jazz, tonight, 7 p.m. at the Delta Center.