December 27, 2000 |
There was no Allen Iverson. There was no Eric Snow. And there was no problem. Aaron McKie scored a season high of 24 points, Tony Kukoc added 15, and Tyrone Hill chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds last night as the shorthanded 76ers stunned Utah, 97-91, to pick up their first-ever win at the Delta Center and their first win of any kind in Utah since November 1987. Going into the game, it seemed as if the only chance the Sixers, who also were without Matt Geiger, had of pulling out a win would be either a first-quarter ejection of Utah's Karl Malone or a 35-point night by fill-in guard Kevin Ollie, whom the Sixers recently signed.
May 26, 1999 |
The stats from Game 5: six stitches, three bloody cuts, two technical fouls, one ejection, one flagrant foul, too many flying elbows to count and a 17-point victory for Utah. The Jazz saved their playoff lives for the third time in 11 days last night, beating the Trail Blazers in Salt Lake City, 88-71, and avoiding elimination in a physical game marked by confrontations. Another elbow from Karl Malone against Brian Grant started the fireworks, and Portland coach Mike Dunleavy's fourth- quarter ejection was the capper on a contentious evening at the Delta Center.
May 26, 1997 |
As the ball left Eddie Johnson's hand and spun slowly upward, there was plenty of time to think. Under the basket, Karl Malone could consider all the layups he had missed, and how just one or two of them would have rendered moot Johnson's last-second effort to break a tie game. Lunging desperately to reach Johnson, Utah guard Jeff Hornacek could already hear coach Jerry Sloan berate his team for somehow leaving Johnson - coming off a 31-point game - wide open for the potential winning shot.
June 7, 1997 |
The subject all along had been the palm of his hand, all about the ugly blister that seemingly had limited his effectiveness. Last night, it was about holding the Chicago Bulls in the palm of that very same hand. Karl Malone rumbled through the Delta Center like one of the 16-wheelers he cherishes. The paint was his highway. He made up the rules of the road as he went along. This was a road map back into the fray. With the Mailman scoring 37 points, taking 10 rebounds and making four steals, the Utah Jazz turned back the Chicago Bulls, 104-93, reducing its deficit in the best-of-seven NBA Finals to 2-1. "When I'm more active defensively, my scoring usually is better," said Malone, who had hit only 16 of 42 shots in the first two games in Chicago.
May 30, 1997 |
Jeff Hornacek, having carried out his decoy route on the evening's final play, found himself loose along the baseline, just another spectator as the NBA's Western Conference championship was about to be decided. The clock showed 2.8 seconds remaining in Game 6 between Houston and Utah. In that fleeting time, everyone associated with both teams would see their entire season flash before their eyes. "From where I was, I saw [teammate] John Stockton with nobody around him," Hornacek said.
June 2, 1997 |
You can't find the mistake that ultimately crushed the Utah Jazz in the box score. That is because it was made in the timeout huddle with 7.5 seconds remaining. The Jazz, excruciatingly close to winning Game 1 of its first-ever NBA Finals, placed Michael Jordan on an island where he is the unquestioned king. In an 82-82 game, the Jazz not only elected to use a new defender against the Chicago Bulls star, coach Jerry Sloan decided against double-teaming Jordan. That at least could have forced someone other than Jordan to drive a stake through the hearts of the visitors.
May 28, 1999 |
The poised and determined Portland Trail Blazers made sure there would be no more miracle comebacks from the Utah Jazz. Isaiah Rider scored 24 points, Jim Jackson had 17 and the pair combined to make 12 free throws in the final 1:05 last night as the Blazers defeated the visiting Jazz, 92-80, to win their best-of-seven, Western Conference semifinal series, 4-2. "Tonight is a prime example of what this team has become," Jackson said....
November 19, 1997 |
In four seconds, Kobe Bryant shocked a sold-out Delta Center into silence. Bryant blocked Bryon Russell's three-point attempt with four seconds to play, picked up the loose ball and drove in for a thunderous, windmill dunk to punctuate the visiting Los Angeles Lakers' 97-92 win over the Utah Jazz last night. The victory gave the Lakers (9-0) the best start in team history and kept them with the Atlanta Hawks among the ranks of the NBA's unbeaten. The Lakers snapped a three-game Jazz (5-5)
October 2, 2003 |
All-Star forward Kevin Garnett signed a 5-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday, satisfied that several offseason acquisitions have given him a better chance for his first playoff success. Neither side would discuss terms, but the deal was believed to have a higher per-season average than the $21 million his current contract provided. "I'm excited for the fans. I'm excited for the city. I'm excited!" Garnett said at a news conference at Target Center, where the Wolves begin the season Oct. 29 with the highest expectations in the franchise's 15 years.
November 21, 2001 |
Freeze! Raise those shorts. Yep, the NBA fashion police have returned, fining nine players $5,000 each for wearing their shorts too low during games. The NBA requires game shorts to be at least an inch above the knee. The rule began in 1997 because the league thought the baggy, hip-hop look of uniforms was getting out of hand, although few fines have been levied since the first season. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Orlando's Tracy McGrady and Andrew DeClerq, Denver's Nick Van Exel, Detroit's Dana Barros and the Clippers' Eric Piatkowski, Quintin Richardson and Jeff McInnis were the players fined, two league sources said.