Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Sunday, November 17th
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Raptors78
Game 2: Monday, December 30th
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Jazz 82

 

Raptors 78

(4-5, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    3:30 PM ET, November 17, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 10 26 22 2482
    TOR 16 12 27 2378

    Top Performers

    Utah: M. Harpring 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Toronto: A. Williams 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Malone not bothered by misses, just wants wins

    TORONTO (AP) -- Karl Malone didn't stop shooting despite missing 12 of his first 14 shots.

    Malone scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 82-78 Sunday.

    Matt Harpring had a team-high 23 points, and John Stockton added 15 for the Jazz, who have won just four of 11 games.

    "I've played enough games to know not to get caught up in how many shots you missed,'' Malone said. "I feel at any time it can get going for you.''

    After combining for just 12 points in the first three quarters, Malone and Stockton combined for 18 in the fourth.

    "To gut out a win like this means a lot because we need wins really bad right now,'' Malone said.

    Malone grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a short jumper to give Utah a four-point lead with 1:35 remaining.

    He then made one of two free throws, giving Utah an 81-76 lead with 1:24 left.

    After Toronto's Morris Peterson made a layup, Stockton hit one of two free throws with 44 seconds left to give Utah an 82-78 lead.

    Toronto's Voshon Lenard missed a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to seal the win.

    "When it came down to the fourth quarter we went to John and Karl because they've been there so long, and they came through for us,'' Harpring said.

    The Jazz finished their road trip 2-3.

    Alvin Williams scored 20 points, and Antonio Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who played without Vince Carter (strained left quadriceps tendon).

    "We couldn't score, but that's been a problem for us all season,'' Williams said. "We also played poor defensively.''

    Utah began the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 15-point lead -- their largest of the game -- but the Raptors ended the quarter on a 13-3 run to cut the lead to three.

    The Raptors scored a franchise-low 28 points in the first half, and Utah led 36-28 at halftime.

    The Jazz scored just 10 points in the first quarter, but Harpring had 14 points in the second.

    Game notes


    Malone scored just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Friday's loss to Detroit. He finished 6-for-20 against Toronto. ... Utah's Andrei Kirilenko missed his second straight game because of a strained back. ... Toronto's Lindsey Hunter didn't return after leaving the game in the second quarter with a sore right knee. ... Utah's Carlos Arroyo, waived by the Raptors last year, had eight points and three assists in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    TOR
    Points 82 78
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 28-79 (.354)
    3PM-3PA 0-3 (.000) 2-16 (.125)
    FTM-FTA 10-18 (.556) 20-23 (.870)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-49 12-42
    Assists 27 12
    Turnovers 17 19
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 10 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/1) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Toronto
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 23
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Alvin Williams Williams
    Points: 20
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1