NBA ROUNDUP : Jazz at Home in Tacoma Dome
If Utah’s streak was going to end, Tacoma, Wash., seemed a likely place.
After all, Seattle had won 10 in a row overall and 17 in a row at home.
Instead, scratch two SuperSonic streaks. But add to those of the Jazz, which won its 15th game in a row on the road--one short of the 1971-72 Lakers’ NBA mark--and 11th in a row overall, outscoring Seattle by 12 points in the fourth quarter of a 120-108 victory Thursday night.
Karl Malone scored four of his 28 points in a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that keyed Utah’s victory. Adam Keefe scored 11 of his 16 in the final period and John Stockton had 18 points and 15 assists.
Shawn Kemp led the SuperSonics with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kendall Gill added 18 points.
Utah next plays on the road at Houston next Thursday.
San Antonio 103, Houston 100--The Spurs got 101 points from their five starters in winning at home.
Forward Sean Elliott had 26 points and David Robinson 25 for San Antonio. Dennis Rodman, showing his fifth hair color of the season (purple), grabbed 22 rebounds and added 11 points.
Hakeem Olajuwon scored 36 for the Rockets and Robert Horry added 20.
Orlando 102, Chicago 99--Shaquille O’Neal had 37 points and 17 rebounds and the Bulls did not have Scottie Pippen as the Magic improved its home record to 20-0.
Pippen was hit with a one-game suspension and $6,000 fine for throwing a chair in the Bulls’ 104-102 overtime loss to San Antonio on Tuesday. That is in addition to his $26,000 per game salary.
Magic forward Horace Grant, a former Bull, also sat out because of a hyper-extended left knee he hurt in Tuesday’s victory over Boston.
Portland 106, Detroit 89--Clyde Drexler, the subject of persistent trade rumors, scored 13 points and sat out the final 16 minutes as the Trail Blazers won at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Cleveland 77, Atlanta 68--Chris Mills and Tyrone Hill scored 14 points and the Cavaliers won with 77 points for the second time this season by holding Atlanta to its lowest score ever.
Cleveland had recorded a 77-63 victory over Chicago on Dec. 19, but the Hawks had not scored fewer than 70 since moving from St. Louis to Atlanta in 1968.
Phoenix 92, Indiana 86--Charles Barkley had a season-high 19 rebounds, including a crucial one after a missed free throw in the final seconds, as the Suns matched a club record with their eighth consecutive victory on the road.
Golden State 121, Washington 118--The Warriors ended their 14-game road losing streak, getting seven points in overtime from rookie Dwayne Morton at Landover, Md.