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Jazz takes control of Sixers in fourth quarter

Philadelphia defense is found wanting in 110-102 defeat by Utah

Jazz takes control of Sixers in fourth quarter

The Utah Jazz have run a precise offense in the 18 seasons that Jerry Sloan has coached them. And with the 76ers offering little in the way of defense these days, the tape of Wednesday 's game could be sold to clinics across the country.

The Jazz sank nine of its first 10 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter to break open a close game before defeating the Sixers, 110-102, at the Wachovia Center, negating a 46-point performance by Allen Iverson.

The Sixers also got 21 points from Chris Webber, but Webber sank only 1 of 9 shots in the second half. Iverson went 15 of 24 from the field and added eight assists. But the Jazz won the game by shooting 58.8 percent from the field and sharing the ball, with 29 assists on 40 field goals. Forwards Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko scored 25 and 23 points, respectively, while combining for 12 assists, eight by Okur.

Point guard Milt Palacio also played a significant role for the Jazz, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz, which unofficially had 23 layups or dunks among their 40 field goals, took control of the game early in the fourth. After Webber sank a free throw to cut the Sixers' deficit to 79-78, the Jazz went on a 12-3 run, hitting 4 of 5 shots from the field, to take a 91-81 lead with 7 minutes, 9 seconds to play.

Palacio, in the game because Keith McLeod and Deron Williams were in foul trouble, sank a layup and two free throws for the final four points of the spurt and put Utah up by 10.

The Sixers put up a small fight with five straight points but the Jazz quickly answered with long jumpers by Okur and Kirilenko.

The Sixers had no answers after that.

Knicks 117, Mavericks 115, OT

At New York, Stephon Marbury scored 28 points, Antonio Davis provided a spark in overtime, and New York blew an 18-point lead before beating Dallas for their fifth straight win.

Jamal Crawford added 25 points and Eddy Curry had 21 for the Knicks, who beat one of the NBA's top teams for the second time in two nights and have won five in a row for the first time since January 30-February 8, 2004.

Davis had four points and three rebounds in overtime, while playing tough defense on Dirk Nowitzki.

Nowitzki had 32 points for the Mavs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Knicks for the first time in eight games.

Timberwolves 99, Bulls 93

At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists to lead Minnesota over Chicago.

Garnett's 500th career double-double helped snap a three-game losing streak and Wally Szczerbiak added 25 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota.

Trail Blazers 113, Lakers 103

At Portland, Oregon, the Trail Blazers overcame Kobe Bryant's 41 points, ending his streak of 45-plus games at four, in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Juan Dixon scored 27 points to help Portland stop a six-game skid and end Los Angeles' three-game winning streak.

Bryant had scored at least 45 points in his last four games, becoming the first player to score as many since Wilt Chamberlain in November, 1964. Elgin Baylor also reached the milestone in December, 1961.

The only player with more than four straight is Chamberlain, who had nine consecutive games with 45 or more points in November, 1962.

In other NBA action: Washington 103, Atlants 72; Indiana 112, Milwaukee 88; Toronto 95, Charlotte 86; Sacramento 88, Houston 80; Seattle 113, Orlando 104; Miami 110, Golden State 96.


Updated : 2021-05-15 00:21 GMT+08:00