NBA ROUNDUP : Jazz Hums Along With 12-Game Road Streak
Utah’s amazing road show goes on.
It didn’t matter that the Jazz was playing its second game in as many nights, or that it was facing a team with an eight-game winning streak. Even the absence of starting center Felton Spencer (torn Achilles’ tendon) didn’t hurt.
Utah still extended its club-record road streak to 12 Saturday night, stopping Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks, 86-81.
Karl Malone had 21 points and 12 rebounds and converted a key three-point play, helping Utah run its record against Eastern Conference opponents to 15-1.
“This is the way we’ve been winning games, by hanging in there and taking the crowd out of it,” said Malone.
Ten unanswered points by Utah in a 2:24 span of the fourth quarter did just that.
Ewing finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots.
The NBA record is 16 road victories in a row, set by the 1971-72 Lakers.
Charlotte 96, Chicago 85--Larry Johnson scored 22 points--his ninth consecutive game with 20 or more--and the Hornets got their eighth victory in a row in beating the Bulls at Charlotte, N.C.
It was also the Hornets’ 11th consecutive home victory.
Scottie Pippen had 19 points for the Bulls, although he sat out most of the fourth quarter because of a pulled groin muscle.
Cleveland 103, Golden State 97--Mark Price made a three-point basket with 1:25 to go in overtime after missing one that would have won it in regulation at Oakland as the Cavaliers handed the Warriors their eighth consecutive loss.
The Cavaliers made seven free throws down the stretch en route to their seventh consecutive road victory, tying a team record.
Former Warrior Tyrone Hill’s 20 points--nine in overtime--and 12 rebounds topped Cleveland.
Orlando 91, Philadelphia 70--Shaquille O’Neal had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic to its 17th consecutive victory at home.
Philadelphia’s point total was the lowest ever by an Orlando opponent.
Sharone Wright led the 76ers with 18 points.
Denver 118, Houston 104--Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored a career-high 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting as the Nuggets overcame Hakeem Olajuwon’s 41 points and outscored the Rockets, 41-29, in the final quarter for a victory at Denver.
Olajuwon scored 47 points Friday night against San Antonio.
Miami 84, Dallas 77--After going 0-9 in games decided by nine points or less, the Heat finally won at Dallas behind Kevin Willis’ 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Miami, which snapped a four-game losing streak and won on the road for only the third time in 19 tries this season, held Jamal Mashburn to 17 points and Jim Jackson to 15.
Milwaukee 97, Indiana 95--Todd Day’s tip-in of a Vin Baker shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Bucks a victory at Indiana, snapping the Pacers’ 10-game home winning streak.
Glenn Robinson returned to his home state for the first time as a pro and scored 21 points to lead Milwaukee. Reggie Miller had 20 for Indiana.
New Jersey 93, Minnesota 84--Jayson Williams made two free throws with 4:52 to play to put the Nets ahead for good en route to victory over the Timberwolves at East Rutherford, N.J.
Derrick Coleman, who converted a three-point play right after Williams’ free throws, added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.