TORONTO, Feb. 15 (Ticker) -- Karl Malone
and John Stockton
gave Olympian efforts on the road for the Utah Jazz against the depleted Toronto Raptors.
Malone and Stockton had 23 points and six assists apiece as the Jazz won their third straight road game with a 94-85 victory over the Raptors.
Malone made a basket off Stockton's pass and the power forward returned the favor to his long-time teammate as the Jazz outscored the Raptors 14-4 during a four-minute span in the fourth quarter, opening an 80-67 cushion with 5:55 to play.
Malone was ejected with 42 seconds left after apparently hurling the ball at Antonio Davis as he was falling out of bounds.
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Karl Malone throws up the baby hook against the Raptors.
Utah, which improved to 3-2 on its longest road trip in more than 25 years, has been forced away from the Delta Center for nine straight games due to the XIX Winter Olympics, which are being held in Salt Lake City.
"We are trying to stay focused on the game at hand and the guys are playing a little better," Stockton said. "We played some good defense and executed our offense down the stretch."
The Jazz are in the midst of the franchise's longest road trip since the 1974-75 season, when they were in New Orleans and played 11 straight away from home. Utah also is the first NBA team to play nine in a row on the road since Boston did so between February 6-23, 1997.
Alvin Williams scored 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting for the injury-riddled Raptors, who lost their third straight game.
Toronto has struggled without leading scorer Vince Carter, who was placed on the injured list Tuesday with an injured left quadriceps. The All-Star guard scored a season-high 43 points on November 10, when the Raptors recorded a 21-point win over the Jazz.
"When a team is missing their star player (Carter), you are suppose to win and we found a way to beat them tonight," Malone said.
The Raptors also missed the sidelined Hakeem Olajuwon, Jerome Williams and Dell Curry as Utah's bench outscored Toronto's reserves, 21-7. Toronto's starting five had all of the team's points in the opening three quarters.
"We had too many turnovers, including myself. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball," said Raptors swingman Morris Peterson, who committed five of his team's 20 turnovers. "Anytime you have key guys out, it's going to be tough. But we have to play hard for 48 minutes."
Rusty LaRue, who signed a second 10-day contract with Utah on Monday, sparked the bench by scoring five of his seven points in the opening quarter.
Toronto's Chris Childs scored his lone point in 27 minutes on the court, converting his second free throw with less than 10 minutes to play, as the Raptors pulled within three points of the Jazz, 66-63.
On Utah's ensuing possession, Byron Russell made a layup off a feed from Malone to restore his team's five-point advantage.
"In the second half, we were executing our offense and we were able to get some easy layups," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.
Williams, who also recorded seven assists, was whistled for an offensive foul, committing one of his three turnovers.
"We're still trying to get us to playing with each other," Williams said. "There's no time to get frustrated. We have to find a way to win, we have to step up as a team."
"We had too many turnovers, way too many," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We didn't shoot that badly, it's the turnovers that hurt us."
Russell, who finished with 16 points, scored on another layup set up by Malone to give the Jazz a 70-63 advantage.
After Toronto's Keon Clark tipped home a basket, Stockton converted a three-point play with 8:49 left, making it 73-65.
After a timeout, Malone's basket increased Utah's lead to double digits.
Clark's layup gave him 22 points and moved the Raptors within 75-67 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining. But about 30 seconds later, Clark fouled out after Childs' errant pass forced Toronto's thin big man to defend the bulky Malone as he drove the lane.
Malone hit on the second of two free throws before he combined with 18-year veteran Stockton on the pair of baskets that gave the Jazz their biggest lead, 80-67.
"It amazes me the lack of recognition that John Stockton has received," Sloan said. "He's not a flashy guy, he doesn't jump over anyone, he just takes what he gets and gets the job done."