Bullets lose 3rd in row, 101-74, to Jazz Grant gets 22 points 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 last night to the Utah Jazz, finishing a four-game Western trip with three straight losses.

Asked whether there were anything positive about the 27-point loss, coach Wes Unseld was quick to respond:

"We're going home."

The Bullets players seemed to agree with Unseld as they left the locker room.

"We had a chance at least the other two games, but we didn't even give ourselves a chance tonight," said Harvey Grant, who scored a team-high 22 points. "They beat us with the rebounding, and they got a lot of second shots."

The Jazz out-rebounded the Bullets, 61-45, and hit 45 of 96 shots (48 percent) to the Bullets' 33 of 96 (35 percent). The Bullets' Larry Stewart and Greg Foster grabbed 10 rebounds each, but Karl Malone led both teams with 14.

Unseld attributed the loss to the Bullets' being "short-handed" team against a good team.

"It's easy to feel sorry for yourself when you're tired," said Unseld. "Some of the guys started to quit. I told them and they know who they are."

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, whose team broke a two-game losing streak, agreed with Unseld.

"We caught a team tonight that was tired," said Sloan. "You wonder about your team and how they're going to react in a situation like that."

Still, the losing experience wasn't all bad, according to second-year player Greg Foster.

"We played hard, and we're still a young team," said Foster. "It's good to get some playing time and get the experience you can't get [except] in a game.

"We were outmanned tonight. The Jazz are a very experienced team. They play very physical and can very easily be contenders this season."

The Jazz were led by Jeff Malone with 22 points. Karl Malone added 20.

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 a 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.

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.

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