Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Saturday, November 30th
Game 2: Friday, January 24th
Game 3: Saturday, March 29th
Game 4: Monday, April 14th

Jazz 85


Spurs 107


    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, November 30, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 21 17 2185
    SA 19 31 31 26107

    Top Performers

    UTAH: J. Stockton 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    SA: S. Smith 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Jazz fall to Spurs for 10th straight time

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Karl Malone needed seven points to reach 35,000 for his career, and on a normal night, he might have gotten that number before he even broke a sweat.

    Karl Malone

    But the San Antonio Spurs clamped down on Malone, holding him to 1-for-16 shooting from the floor in a 107-85 win over Utah that snapped the Jazz's six-game winning streak.

    Malone finished with just enough points to become the second NBA player to reach 35,000. He is second on the career scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and was not in the mood to celebrate afterward.

    "You have to take a win any day over a milestone,'' said Malone, who came into the game averaging 19.1 points. "I scored seven, we lost. It's just bittersweet.''

    The loss was Utah's 10th straight to the Spurs.

    Stephen Jackson scored 17 points to lead seven San Antonio players in double figures, while John Stockton led Utah with 13.

    The Spurs broke open what had been a back-and-forth game by making 10 of 15 shots in the third period, with Steve Smith scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

    San Antonio's defense held the Jazz without a basket in the quarter until Andrei Kirilenko made a layup with 4:20 left. Utah then went another three minutes before Mark Jackson hit a jump hook for the team's second field goal of the quarter.

    "They did a fantastic job on defense,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his team, which blew a lead Friday night in Phoenix and lost. "It was good to see them stick with the defense, take control of the game and take care of the ball.''

    Smith finished with 15 points and Tim Duncan contributed 14, while Tony Parker and Malik Rose each had 13. Steve Kerr added 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting and Kevin Willis had 10.

    Malone scored his only field goal on an 18-foot jump shot five minutes into the game. No. 35,000 for his career was a free throw early in the third period.

    He said he's being bothered by a hand injury suffered in the preseason, but he didn't blame that for his subpar performance.

    "As a professional, you have to take it. I feel I let the team down,'' Malone said. "They kept coming to me (for shots) and I wasn't getting it down.''

    Utah opened a 15-7 lead in the first period behind the outside shooting of Stockton and inside work of Greg Ostertag, while the Spurs managed to make only two of their first dozen shots from the floor.

    Parker hit a pair of jump shots and a layup in a minute and Smith followed with a 16-footer to cut the Jazz's lead to 17-15 with 3:44 remaining in the first. Jackson boosted Utah's lead to 26-19 after one by swishing a buzzer-beating heave from San Antonio's 3-point arc.

    The Spurs shot 10-for-18 in the second quarter, and took their first lead of the game, 33-30, on Kerr's 3-pointer five minutes into the period. San Antonio built its advantage as high as eight points, but Utah tied it up late on a 10-2 run capped by a pair of free throws by Stockton.

    Jackson converted a three-point play and Robinson made two free throws to give the Spurs a 50-47 lead at the break.

    Game notes

    Utah's last victory over the Spurs came in February 2000, and its last win in San Antonio was in February 1999. ... The Spurs lead the all-time series, 65-62. ... San Antonio had the lowest opponent field goal percentage (.399) coming into Saturday's game. Utah shot 50 percent in the first period (11-for-22) but was only 16-for-56 the rest of the game to finish at 34.6 percent ... San Antonio struggled at the foul line, shooting 21-for-35 (60 percent).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 107
    FGM-FGA 27-78 (.346) 40-79 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 3-5 (.600) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 28-37 (.757) 21-35 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-46 9-44
    Assists 17 16
    Turnovers 15 9
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 3 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 23 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    John Stockton Stockton
    Points: 13
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Steve Smith Smith
    Points: 15
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2