At halftime, he blasted them for their selfish play, but
Harpring scored 17 points, including six in overtime, to lift the
Utah Jazz past the Portland Trail Blazers 92-87 on Friday night to
snap a six-game losing skid.
"We didn't get it done in regulation but at least these guys
fought back and I think that was good for them," Sloan said. "Our
big guys in the first half were very, very selfish. They didn't
look to pass the ball. That's one of the most selfish performances
I've ever seen in the first quarter."
Attempting to tie the game in the final minute of overtime, Zach
Randolph missed in the lane and Mehmet Okur stripped Shareef
Abdur-Rahim after he grabbed the offensive rebound. Carlos Arroyo
made one free throw and Harpring hit two to clinch the win in the
last 18 seconds.
Carlos Boozer scored 17, Okur had 14 and Kirk Snyder recorded a
career-high 13 points for the Jazz, who had lost three in a row at
home and 10 of 12 overall.
"That was a team that lost six straight games so you know that
they were going to come out and play hard," Portland coach Maurice
Cheeks said. "All of Jerry Sloan's teams play hard.
With 1.3 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 78,
Randolph ran into Okur as he launched a 3-pointer from the top of
the key. Randolph sprinted to the other end of the floor in
disbelief after a foul was called, and Okur made all three free
"Bad call," Randolph said after the game. "I think we got a
lot of bad calls toward the end."
After a timeout, Damon Stoudemire received a pass in the corner
and sank a 3-pointer as the horn sounded to send the game to
Snyder, a rookie who seldom played before the last three games,
made an acrobatic bank shot to put Utah up 78-76 in the final
minute of regulation, but Randolph tied it at the other end before
committing the foul on Okur.
Snyder had a career-high 13 points and played down the stretch
for one of the first times in his career.
"He didn't play like a rookie at all. He played terrific and
hit some big shots for us," Boozer said.
The game was close throughout, with neither team taking more
than a six-point advantage.
But the Jazz were able to get out in transition better than the
Blazers, outscoring Portland 17-8 on fast break points.
"We didn't get back on the defensive end and it enabled them to
get out and run and get some easy baskets in transition," Cheeks
said. "That was the reason they won the game."
The Jazz held their biggest lead in regulation 50-45 before
Portland went on a 12-2 spurt, highlighted by three consecutive
driving layups by Sebastian Telfair.
The Blazers have made a habit of last-second dramatics, losing
three games this season on long-distance shots and winning on
Abdur-Rahim's buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Boston on Thursday.
With 8:51 left in the third quarter, Jarron Collins left
with a sprained right knee and did not return. ... The Jazz and
Blazers play again in Portland on Sunday. ... Utah allowed an
average of 111 points in the six losses, and the Blazers became the
first opponent in the last seven to finish below 100 points. ...
Telfair has established career highs in consecutive games after
scoring just 15 the whole season before that. ... Official Jack
Nies, who made the call against Randolph at the end of regulation,
got in a shouting match with Blazers play-by-play announcer Brian
Wheeler during the ensuing timeout.