Jazz 92, Warriors 85
Apr. 09, 1999
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Karl Malone scored 25 of his season-high 38 points in the second half as the Utah Jazz edged Golden State 92-85 Thursday night for their 10th consecutive victory over the Warriors.
The Jazz won their fourth straight game but never pulled away from a Warriors team playing for the fifth time in seven nights. Golden State led 81-80 on Bimbo Coles' jumper with 3:34 to play, but Malone and Bryon Russell hit jumpers to give Utah an 87-81 lead with 1:33 left.
Coles and Chris Mills then hit jumpers to cut Utah's lead to two points with 44 seconds remaining, but Tony Delk turned the ball over and John Starks missed a 3-pointer for the Warriors.
Malone, who sprained his left knee in Utah's win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, made all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter and finished 18-for-19 from the line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Jazz won their second game in seven days against the Warriors, who have lost five of their last six. Golden State fell to seven games below .500, the lowest point in its once-promising season.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan was ejected by referee Ronnie Nunn with 9:19 remaining in the first half. It was the second straight early exit for Sloan, who also was tossed from Utah's win at the Forum.