Thursday, February 6, 2003
Don't talk trash to Malone
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY - Karl Malone isn't too old to respond to an opponent's taunts.
The 39-year-old Malone scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half as the Jazz routed Memphis 105-84 on Wednesday night.
"You can't talk trash to one of the best players in the game," said Greg Ostertag, who had 10 points and nine assists in Utah's last game before the All-Star break.
Malone and an injury-depleted bench proved a bad combination for the Grizzlies, who held an 11-point lead in the third quarter before unraveling with 12 of their 20 turnovers.
Malone admitted the All-Star break has been on the minds of the Jazz, who played their sixth game in nine days.
"I'm not going to lie to you," Malone said. "I was thinking about it, too, in the beginning, but then you've got to get focused on what you've got to get done."
John Stockton had 11 assists and 10 points for the Jazz. Tony Massenburg had 12 rebounds and 11 points, and Andrei Kirilenko finished with 10 points for Utah.
Elsewhere, it was San Antonio 103, Golden State 99; New Orleans 108, Sacramento 84; Boston 114, Seattle 74; New Jersey 111, Philadelphia 85; Cleveland 105, Houston 102; Detroit 89, the Los Angeles Clippers 80, and Portland 101, Miami 87.
The Jazz played without injured forward Matt Harpring. Memphis was without starting point guard Jason Williams and three injured reserves, and wilted in the final two quarters of their seventh straight loss.
The Jazz were 27-for-42 in the final two quarters while outscoring Grizzlies 63-35, including 34-14 in the final period.
Earl Watson, who replaced Williams, had 16 points in his first NBA start, but only three in the second half. Gordon Giricek led the Grizzlies with 17 points. Lorenzen Wright had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Memphis went 3-1 against Utah last season, but fell to 0-3 against the Jazz this season.
"I don't know what it is. They've got our number," Brown said. "Nobody whacks us like them."
The Jazz showed the wear of the last couple of weeks in the first half. Utah committed 10 turnovers and shot just 39 percent, going 7-for-25 from the field in the second quarter. But Malone turned it around in the second half, going 10-for-14 from the floor.
After falling behind 55-44 on a 3-pointer by Giricek early in the second, Utah went on a 10-2 run as Malone scored eight straight for the Jazz, starting with a dunk off a fullcourt pass from Stockton.
The Jazz tied it at 65 on a short jumper by Mark Jackson. After the teams traded field goals, Malone finally gave Utah the lead with a turnaround jumper that put the Jazz up 69-67 with 1:14 left in the third.
Malone scored six more points as the Jazz opened the fourth with an 11-1 run and showed he was still fired up in a brief confrontation with Gasol.
With 6:49 to play, Malone blocked Gasol's shot in the lane and the players remained tangled up after the whistle. Malone, who muttered something to Gasol and shook his head before walking to the Jazz bench to cool off, came back at the other end and hit a 15-footer that put the Jazz up 82-70.
"He was able to make it work over and over again and that was something to be excited about," Stockton said.
Even with the game well in hand, Malone's intensity didn't waver. Stockton hit a layup and was fouled, prompting Malone to point to the Jazz bench from midcourt and shout, "Now that's basketball!"
Spurs 103, Warriors 99
At Oakland, Tim Duncan had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Tony Parker added 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Stephen Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs.
Golden State, which won its previous three home games, was led by Gilbert Arenas with 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Hornets 108, Kings 84
At New Orleans, Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and David Wesley added 17 points and nine assists.
Peja Stojakovic scored 20 to lead Sacramento, which was playing its third game in four days. With Chris Webber out and center Vlade Divac leaving with a strained back after the first half, the visibly weary Kings shot only 33 percent in the third quarter as New Orleans pulled away.
Jazz 105, Grizzlies 84
At Salt Lake City, Karl Malone scored 12 of his 31 points in the third quarter as the Jazz erased an 11-point deficit. John Stockton had 11 assists and 10 points for the Jazz, who avoided being the first team to lose to Memphis in two weeks by outscoring the Grizzlies 63-35 in the second half.
The Jazz were without injured forward Matt Harpring, their second leading scorer and rebounder. Memphis, which was without starting point guard Jason Williams and three injured reserves, took its seventh straight loss.
Nets 111, 76ers 85
At Philadelphia, Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 35 points for the Nets, who have won six of seven and are tied with Indiana for the best record in the East (34-15).
Allen Iverson had 28 points and Keith Van Horn added 16 for the Sixers.
The Nets lost forward Kenyon Martin to a left knee sprain in the first quarter, but Martin said he will play in the team's next game.
Cavaliers 105, Rockets 102
At Cleveland, Ricky Davis scored 21 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 in a matchup with Houston center Yao Ming. Maurice Taylor scored a season-high 30 points to lead Houston, which lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Cuttino Mobley scored 24 points for the Rockets. Yao scored 14.
Celtics 114, SuperSonics 74
At Boston, the Celtics routed Seattle just five days after the most lopsided loss in Boston history. The 40-point margin was the Celtics' biggest of the season. Last Friday night, they lost to Detroit 118-66.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points as coach Jim O'Brien got his 100th NBA victory. Boston had lost four straight.
Pistons 89, Clippers 80
At Auburn Hills, Mich., rookie Mehmet Okur had the first double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Detroit was missing All-Star Ben Wallace, in Alabama after the death of his mother.
Trail Blazers 101, Heat 87
At Miami, Pat Riley criticized officials after the Blazers got a 32-7 advantage in free throws.
"It was an absolute officiating tragedy," said Riley, who was fined $50,000 earlier this season for criticizing the refs. "I thought I was at the comedy store watching some kind of comedian out there laughing with the Blazers, and talking to them, and smiling with them. It was so unprofessional."
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