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Jazz 79, Spurs 77

February 22, 1998

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Monty Williams couldn’t get the tying shot off after rookie Tim Duncan missed a chance to tie from the foul line as the Utah Jazz hung on for a 79-77 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

Karl Malone had 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Jazz won their seventh straight and increased their Midwest Division lead over the Spurs to 1 1/2 games.

The Spurs played the third straight game without David Robinson, who is out with a sore right knee.

Duncan had 29 points to lead the Spurs in scoring for the sixth straight game. He also grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.

San Antonio rallied from a 68-54 deficit with a 23-11 run capped by Duncan’s jumper with 29.2 seconds left.

Malone missed a baseline 15-footer, and the ball was tipped out of bounds to the Spurs with 3.5 seconds remaining. After a pair of timeouts, San Antonio went to Duncan, who was fouled by Malone with 0.6 seconds left.

Duncan missed the first, then intentionally missed the second. But Williams didn’t have time to get a shot off.

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