SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Karl Malone had 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 102-96 Monday night.
The Wizards closed to 99-96 with 22 seconds left on Mitch Richmond’s 3-pointer, but Howard Eisley and Malone combined to make three of four free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Eisley, who played the entire fourth quarter instead of Jeff Hornacek, scored a season-high 18 points and added five assists.
Bryon Russell scored 13 points and John Stockton got 10 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who have not lost this season after taking a lead into the fourth quarter.
Malone capped a 13-2 run with a three-point play that gave the Jazz a 69-59 lead with 5:17 left in the third period. But Chris Whitney scored all nine of his points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to lead a Washington comeback.
Whitney hit a 3-pointer and Tracy Murray added a jumper to cut Utah’s lead to 93-87 with 6:35 to play. But that was as close as the Wizards would get as they committed four turnovers in the last five minutes.
Richmond led the Wizards with 25 points. Rod Strickland added 16 and Juwan Howard had 12 for Washington, which has lost six of its last seven games.
The first half was tight throughout, with neither team leading by more than six points.
The teams tied eight times and exchanged the lead six times. After the Wizards took a 46-45 lead with 4:02 left, Malone scored six points in a 7-4 run that gave the Jazz a 52-49 halftime lead.
Notes: Utah’s Greg Ostertag, who missed Saturday’s win at Golden State to be with his ailing daughter, played 21 minutes and had five blocked shots. ... After a slow start this season, Richmond has averaged 24 points over the last four games. ... Aaron Williams picked up five fouls in four minutes while guarding Malone.