Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Monday, December 23rd
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Game 2: Tuesday, February 11th
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OT
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Game 3: Wednesday, February 12th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th
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Rockets 101

 

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2003

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    UTAH 26 22 21 25 9103
    HOU 24 23 25 22 7101

    Top Performers

    Utah: K. Malone 33 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Houston: S. Francis 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Malone scores 14 of 33 points in fourth quarter

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Karl Malone's broken nose and Matt Harpring's sore ribs didn't matter in the end.

    Matt Harpring
    Harpring

    Karl Malone
    Malone

    Malone scored 33 points, including 14 in a fourth-quarter comeback, and Harpring hit a big 3-point basket that forced overtime and led the Utah Jazz to a 103-101 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

    Malone left the game briefly with 1:22 remaining in regulation after being smashed in the face by teammate Andrei Kirilenko.

    Malone commented briefly on the injury after the game, sitting in front of his locker, still bleeding from the nose.

    "He was just playing hard,'' Malone said. "He went to block a shot and he just ran into me. It's no big deal.''

    Utah trailed 83-75 with 7:43 left in the game, but Malone put them in position for Harpring's 3-point basket with one-tenth of a second left to tie it at 94-94 and force overtime.

    Harpring was 11-of-14 from the field.

    "These are the nights you just want more shots,'' Harpring said. "You don't want to come out. You only have a couple of games like that a year and you have to take advantage of it. You can feel when your stroke is going.''

    Malone hit a 12-foot jumper to start the overtime and the Jazz never trailed again. Malone's 33 points were one short of his season high. Harpring, who missed Utah's last game with a lower rib cage contusion, finished with 24 points.

    Utah overcame 20 turnovers that resulted in 29 points for the Rockets.

    Harpring missed the Jazz' last game with a lower rib cage contusion.

    "The ribs were a little sore but I was surprised how well they felt,'' Harpring said. "There were just a couple of plays where I felt it.''

    John Stockton was supposed to take the shot that went to Harpring, who had to shoot over 7-foot-6 Yao Ming.

    "Right when I shot it I saw him and I thought 'I have to get this one up,''' Harpring said. "With his wingspan you have to, but I thought I had a chance when I released it.''

    Utah pulled even with 1:14 to go in regulation on a layup by John Stockton that made it 91-91 deadlock.

    Steve Francis led Houston with 28 points and Yao added 25 points and 10 rebounds. Yao grabbed a rebound with 3.5 seconds left and sank two free throws, giving Houston its final lead, 94-91.

    "We had a great effort,'' Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We made a few mental mistakes. At the end, we were supposed to foul, force them to make free throws and go after rebounds and we didn't.''

    Houston closed the third quarter with an 11-0 run. Yao hit two free throws and a short hook shot before Francis' 3-point basket gave Houston a 68-67 lead with 2:10 left in the third quarter.

    Francis then hit two free throws and a 13-foot jumper to make it 72-67 entering the fourth.

    Utah hit 80 percent of its first quarter shots yet managed only a 26-24 lead at the end of the period. Harpring led the Jazz' early charge with nine first-period points, shooting 4-for-4 from the field.

    "Down the stretch, some things didn't go our way and I'm not going to cry about it one bit,'' Francis said. "We've got to suck it up and look forward to playing them tomorrow. We have to come prepared tomorrow, and it's going to get worse tomorrow at their place.''

    Game notes


    The Rockets are 19-2 this season when they block eight or more shots. They are 14-4 when Yao blocks at least three shots. ... Utah had the worst free throw percentage in the league over the last six games before the All-Star break at 67 percent. The Jazz hit 20 of 23 against the Rockets.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    HOU
    Points 103 101
    FGM-FGA 41-78 (.526) 38-87 (.437)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 20-23 (.870) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 15-37
    Assists 35 19
    Turnovers 20 11
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 24 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Houston
    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 33
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0