Malone helps Jazz whip Bullets Chapman's 32 wasted, 112-96

December 11, 1992|By Kevin Niendorf | Kevin Niendorf,Contributing Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- Despite a season-high 32 points fro guard Rex Chapman, the Washington Bullets dropped a 112-96 decision last night to the Midwest Division-leading Utah Jazz.

Karl Malone scored 33 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Jazz, who earned the 11th victory in the past 12 meetings between the teams. The Jazz improved to 11-6; the Bullets fell to 7-11.

The Bullets and Jazz traded baskets to open the game, both teams hitting short jumpers while trying to establish the inside game.

All five starters for the Bullets scored early and led the Jazz 13-10 after a three-pointer by Michael Adams with 7:25 remaining in the first.

Chapman came off the bench to spark an 11-4 run midway through the quarter by sinking three baskets in two minutes. A fourth basket and three-pointer by Chapman from the corner gave the Bullets a 31-27 lead at the end of the first.

The Jazz opened the second with a 9-2 run sparked by John Stockton's three-pointer. They took the lead at 34-33 just two minutes into the quarter.

The score would be tied four times over the next three minutes, but Stockton's third three-pointer and a basket, plus a converted free throw by Malone, made it 46-40 with 6:47 left in the half.

Down the stretch, the Bullets couldn't cut into the Jazz's five-point lead, in part because of eight points by Malone inside. Harvey Grant and Tom Gugliotta traded time covering Malone. Pervis Ellison, wearing goggles, was only 3-for-7 in the half and discarded the goggles in the second quarter.

The Jazz lead was pushed to 65-55 after David Benoit nailed a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer. Malone led all scorers with 17 at the break. Chapman, averaging 13.5 points, had 16 points.

Malone opened the third quarter with seven straight points, all uncontested layups. He sparked the 11-2 run to make it 76-57 four minutes in to the quarter.

The Jazz lead was pushed to 20, largely because of 34 percent shooting by the Bullets in the third quarter. Gugliotta, who had 39 points in a victory over the Jazz three weeks ago, had only five points entering the fourth.

The Jazz opened the final quarter with an 88-74 lead.

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