Bullets lose 3rd in row, 101-74, to Jazz Grant scores 22 in finale of road trip

December 05, 1991|By Kevin Niendorf | Kevin Niendorf,Special to The Sun

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Washington Bullets dropped a 101-74 decision to the Utah Jazz last night to finish a four-game western road trip with three straight losses.

Harvey Grant led the Bullets with 22 points and five rebounds, and teammate Larry Stewart scored 16. Starters Greg Foster and Stewart each added 10 rebounds.

The Bullets, bothered by injuries -- center Pervis Ellison sat the game out with a sore knee -- were outplayed by the Jazz, which was led by 22 points by Jeff Malone and another 20 by Karl Malone.

David Wingate's steal and assist to Andre Turner on the fast break opened the scoring, and the ensuing inbounds pass was stolen by Grant, giving the Bullets an early 4-0 lead.

The lead was pushed to six as Grant hit a 10-foot jumper, making it 10-4 three minutes into the game.

The Jazz used the fast break to tie the game at 12 midway through the period.

The Bullets' game plan appeared to include hitting Foster in the lane, but he missed three straight shots inside four feet, enabling the Jazz to take a 20-15 lead with four minutes left in the first.

It was then that Bullets coach Wes Unseld decided to relieve Foster with newly acquired Ralph Sampson. His first shot, an 18-footer from the corner, fell short at the 1:30 mark. His second shot, a jump-hook from three feet out, bounced off the rim with 58 seconds left.

Nonetheless, the Bullets were only down, 29-21, at the end of the first quarter. Each team had 26 shots in the quarter, but the Jazz shot 56 percent to the Bullets' 37 percent. Grant scored 10 of dTC the 21 Bullets points.

The Bullets opened the second quarter with two turnovers, eacfollowing a rebound by Sampson. Ledell Eackles finally got the Bullets on track by making an outside jumper, making it 29-23.

However, after Eackles' basket, the Jazz went on a 12-2 runcausing Unseld to call time out with 6:30 left in the half. The run made it 41-25.

The Bullets and Jazz traded baskets down the stretch, with thBullets able to trim the lead, making it 54-37 at halftime.

At halftime, the Bullets' shooting percentage had dropped to 3percent, making just 15 of 48 shots, 0-for-3 from three-point range. Grant's 18 points were the only bright spot for the Bullets.

The Jazz picked up 32 rebounds and the Bullets had 25, sieach by Sampson and Larry Stewart.

The Bullets couldn't respond in the second half, as the leaquickly opened to 20 just four minutes into the third quarter. Grant continued his scoring inside and outside.

By the end of the quarter, the Jazz had the game in hand, leading the Bullets, 83-56.

Washington... 21... 16... 19... 18... --... 74

Utah.... .... 29... 25... 29... 18... --... 101

WASHINGTON -- Stewart 7-14 2-2 16, Grant 10-20 2-2 22, Foster 2-12 1-2 5, Turner 3-8 0-1 6, Wingate 1-8 1-2 3, English 3-13 2-2 8, Eackles 5-11 0-0 10, Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Sampson 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 33-93 8-11 74.

UTAH -- Edwards 5-9 1-2 11, K.Malone 8-17 4-5 20, Eaton 1-1 0-0 2, Stockton 4-8 0-0 8, J.Malone 10-15 2-2 22, Rudd 3-5 0-0 7, Crowder 1-5 0-0 3, Benoit 2-10 1-2 5, Brown 2-8 3-6 7, Corbin 5-8 2-3 12, Austin 0-1 0-0 0, Murdock 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 43-91 13-21 101.

3-point goals--Washington 0-3 (Turner 0-1, Wingate 0-2), Utah 2-4 (Rudd 1-1, Crowder 1-1, Edwards 0-1, Stockton 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Washington 45 (Stewart, Foster 10), Utah 61 (K.Malone 14). Assists--Washington 23 (Wingate 6), Utah 28 (Stockton 10). Total fouls--Washington 17, Utah 8. A--18,700.

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