Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Sunday, November 3rd
Game 2: Thursday, January 16th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 5th
Game 4: Sunday, April 6th

SuperSonics 83

(28-32, 12-20 away)

Jazz 94


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2003

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 22 19 23 1983
    UTAH 20 25 27 2294

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Kirilenko, Stevenson help stop Sonics' streak

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two of the youngest members of the Utah Jazz are giving the older guys a hand.

    Andrei Kirilenko had 19 points and 11 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson scored 13 points in the Utah Jazz's 94-83 win over Seattle on Wednesday, snapping the SuperSonics five-game winning streak.

    "DeShawn has played very well. So has Andrei. That has been a real plus for us," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Young players should give you a spark. I shouldn't have to rely on 40-year-olds to do that."

    Kirilenko just turned 22 last month and Stevenson will be 22 in April. That makes them almost half the age of Jazz cornerstones John Stockton (40) and Karl Malone (39), who once again led Utah.

    Malone scored 23 points to lead the Jazz in scoring for the ninth straight game and pulled down 10 rebounds, giving him 17 double-doubles this season. Stockton added 12 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who didn't shoot well from the field but made up for it at the free throw line.

    After going 4-for-8 from the line in the first quarter, the Jazz made 27 of 30 the rest of the game. Stockton and Kirilenko were both 8-for-8 as Utah won for the second straight time after losing three in a row on the road last week.

    "Every win for us is at this point is big," Stockton said. "We're still in a tough battle, so it hasn't changed much."

    It was just the second loss for Seattle in eight games since acquiring Ray Allen from Milwaukee in the Gary Payton trade. Allen led the Sonics with 24 points. Predrag Drobnjak scored 16, Rashard Lewis had 14 and Brent Barry finished with 13.

    The Sonics, who have lost six straight at Utah, were playing one night after beating Minnesota 92-83 and didn't have much left in the second half.

    "I still thought we had a chance to win. We just didn't make our open shots," Allen said of the Sonics' 29-for-73 shooting. "I don't want to make excuses. If we make shots it's a different game."

    Many of the Sonics complained about the officiating. Seattle was called for 29 fouls to Utah's 23. The Jazz also attempted 38 free throws to the Sonics' 25 while beating Seattle for the sixth straight time in Utah.

    "We were only down seven, but the refs kept calling fouls and giving them easy baskets," Lewis said. "We don't play well in Utah for some reason. It's happened since I've been a SuperSonic."

    The contributions from Stevenson and Kirilenko were welcome with forward Matt Harpring out for a second straight game because of a sprained ankle. Stevenson lost his starting job to Calbert Cheaney early in the season, and Kirilenko had been slumping.

    "I'm just going out there and trying to work hard, take open shots and knock them down," said Stevenson, who had a career high 18 points Sunday in a win at New Jersey. "The shots are going in."

    The Jazz, who outrebounded Seattle 49-35, wore the Sonics down late in the second quarter with a 14-2 run, including eight points from Malone, and led 45-41 at halftime.

    Utah was just 8-for-21 from the field in the third, but went 10-for-10 from the line. Stockton opened the period with a three-point play and Kirilenko followed with four straight free throws and a 3-pointer later in the quarter that put the Jazz up 58-46.

    After Kirilenko hit a running jumper that gave the Jazz a 66-53 lead, he stole it from Reggie Evans and started a fast break. Utah's Calbert Cheaney got the ball under the basket and missed a reverse layup, but Kirilenko was right there for the putback for the Jazz's sixth unanswered point.

    The 68-53 lead was the largest of the game, and Seattle never got closer than six the rest of the way.

    Game notes
    Utah improved to 2-1 against the Sonics this season. ... Seattle coach Nate McMillan was called for technical with 9:17 left in the third after Stockton's 20-footer gave the Jazz a 54-45 lead. McMillan was still fuming over a loose ball foul called on Evans a couple of minutes before. ... Harpring, the Jazz's second leading scorer with an average of 18.1 points, was in street clothes for the second straight game to rest his right ankle, which he injured in a loss at Philadelphia last week. ... Kirilenko had 15 points and six rebounds in his other start for Harpring on Sunday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 94
    FGM-FGA 29-73 (.397) 31-73 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 5-23 (.217) 1-4 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 31-38 (.816)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 16-49
    Assists 13 19
    Turnovers 14 11
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 3 10
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4