Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Sunday, November 17th
Jazz82Final
Raptors78
Game 2: Monday, December 30th
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Jazz107

Raptors 85

(8-23, 4-13 away)

Jazz 107

 

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2002

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 26 12 27 2085
    UTAH 24 29 28 26107

    Top Performers

    Toronto: A. Williams 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Utah: A. Kirilenko 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 Blk

    Malone efficient, Kirienko active as Jazz rout Raptors

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) --Karl Malone provided the points for the Utah Jazz. Andrei Kirilenko provided the energy.

    Kirilenko, in his second season from Russia, scored 20 points and blocked five shots as the Jazz beat Toronto 107-85, the Raptors' seventh straight loss.

    "I love creating excitement in any way I can,'' said Kirilenko, who also had three steals. He had a career-high six blocks in Utah's last game against Philadelphia.

    "Andrei played with a lot of energy. He's definitely a unique player and gives us a lot of punch off the bench,'' said Matt Harpring, who scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

    Malone led Utah, which won for the fifth time in six games, with 24 points in just 28 minutes.

    With Utah trailing 26-24 early in the second quarter, Kirilenko came in and scored seven points in a 16-2 Utah run to put the Jazz up 40-28. Morris Peterson and Voshon Lenard led the Raptors with 18 points each, mainly on perimeter jump shots.

    "We can't rely strictly on the outside game,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said.

    Kirilenko made both of his 3-point shots as the Jazz made 7-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. He had 14 points and three blocks in the second quarter alone as the Jazz took a 53-38 lead into halftime.

    "Five blocks (may have prevented) 10 points. That's the key. I'm just trying to be useful for the team,'' Kirilenko said.

    Near the end of the third quarter, he forced Lindsay Hunter into shooting an airball at the end of the shot clock. Hunter was so frustrated he drew a technical foul. Moments later, Kirilenko stole the ball from Hunter in the backcourt and dunked it for a 81-65 lead at the end of the third quarter.

    "Andrei's hustle gets him into every play. He's so athletic that he's making guys look over their shoulder,'' said Tony Massenburg, who tied his season high of 11 points.

    Toronto has lost 11 of its last 12 games and fell to 0-4 on their five game road trip. The Raptors dressed 11 players as Vince Carter and Antonio Davis did not travel due to sore right knees.

    Game notes


    The Jazz, who lead the league in field goal percentage, shot 54 percent and improved to 10-1 when making more than half their shots. ... The Raptors had three shot clock violations in the first half. ... Five technical fouls were assessed on Toronto, including two for defensive 3 seconds and one on assistant coach Craig Neal. ... John Stockton played a season-low 16 minutes as the Jazz led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter. ... Utah's bench outscored Toronto's reserves 55-17. "We just ran out of gas,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "But four games in five nights really hurt us as our bench didn't have it.''

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    UTAH
    Points 85 107
    FGM-FGA 30-72 (.417) 38-70 (.543)
    3PM-3PA 7-17 (.412) 7-10 (.700)
    FTM-FTA 18-27 (.667) 24-32 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-33 11-41
    Assists 17 29
    Turnovers 17 16
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (5/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Utah
    Alvin Williams Williams
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 5