TORONTO, Nov. 17 (Ticker) -- Matt Harpring
helped the Utah Jazz salvage
the finale of a long road trip.
Harpring scored 23 points and Karl Malone had a key basket down
the stretch as the Jazz held on for an 82-78 victory over the
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Harpring filled in for an injured Andrei Kirilenko, who was out
with a strained lower back. He scored 14 points in the second
quarter as the Jazz built a 36-28 halftime lead and limited the
Raptors to a franchise-low total for a first half.
"This was a game we couldn't give away," Harpring said.
"Starting or coming off the bench makes no difference to me. I
still play in the fourth quarter."
Utah finished a five-game trip with a 2-3 record and avoided a
3-8 start after 11 games, which would have been its worst since
the franchise's inaugural 1974-75 season in New Orleans. The
Jazz improved to 2-6 on the road.
Malone had a three-point play that gave Utah the lead for good
in the fourth quarter and later came up with a key follow shot.
The Jazz were clinging to a 78-76 lead when John Stockton
a jumper but Malone put home the rebound with 1:36 left.
Harpring made 10-of-17 shots and also led Utah with 13 rebounds
as the Jazz held a 49-42 edge on the boards. His work in the
second quarter turned it around for Utah, which made just
5-of-24 shots in the first quarter as Toronto built a 16-10
"We're struggling, we're just on the edge of failure and
success," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We miss shots, but
fortunately we recovered tonight. We are working hard and the
rest will take care of itself. That's how you work yourself out
of tough times."
Toronto turned in a second quarter that was nearly as bad as
Utah's first period. The Raptors shot 29 percent (5-of-17) and
finished with just 12 points.
"It was a tough loss," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We
just didn't execute, especially in the first half. We battled
back but came up just a little bit short."
Malone had 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and
Stockton also netted 15 for Utah. Malone got off to a slow start
and made just 6-of-20 shots.
"I've played enough games that I don't really get caught up in
how many shots you miss," Malone said. "In the fourth quarter,
we started running our bread-and-butter games and I was able to
make the shots."
had 12 points and seven rebounds and former Raptor
added eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Utah made
just 10-of-18 free throws.
scored 20 points for the Raptors, who fell to 3-3
without injured superstar Vince Carter
"I'm upset, it was a game we should have won," Williams said.
"The second quarter just killed us. They just beat us with easy
shots and we had a lot of lapses on defense. Offensively, we
couldn't score and that's been a problem with us all season."
scored 18 points and Morris Peterson
added 12 for
Toronto, which shot 35 percent (28-of-79). The Raptors were a
woeful 2-of-16 from the arc.