SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 1 (Ticker) -- Brevin Knight and Gerald Wallace rallied the shorthanded Charlotte Bobcats to a rare road victory.

Knight and Wallace combined for 21 points in the fourth quarter to help erase an 11-point deficit as the Bobcats posted just their second road win, a 109-105 triumph over the struggling Utah Jazz.

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Owners of the worst road record in the league at 2-19, Charlotte was without star rookie forward Emeka Okafor, who was placed on the injured list due to a sprained left ankle suffered late in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This is just really good for the guys, just to reach down and compete when you're undermanned, and that's what this team does all the time," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "It's a terrific win for them, against a basketball team that we pattern the way we like to play basketball."

Thanks to 12 points from Gordan Giricek in the third quarter, the Jazz built an 11-point lead at the end of the third quarter. But Utah's defense broke down in the fourth, as Knight scored eight points in a 17-8 spurt which was capped by Melvin Ely with a three-point play that knotted the game at 101-101 with 2:41 left.

"We just wanted to run at them in the fourth," Knight said. "We knew we were small inside, that we were short on inside guys. We just wanted to push the break, we wanted to get out there and let our wings get inside and create as much as we could, and then we could take our chances."

Wallace, who scored a career-high 28 points, sank two free throws on the Bobcats' next possession to give them their first lead since the second quarter.

Andrei Kirilenko, who collected a season-high 27 points and a career-high 10 assists, gave Utah the lead again with a three-point play. But a steal by Wallace set up a lefthanded hook by Ely with 1:05 left to play.

Kirilenko and Knight traded free throws and Utah's Carlos Boozer missed a layup before Jason Hart split a pair at the line with 15 seconds left, giving the Bobcats a 107-105 lead.

"They really burned us coming down the stretch," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They did a terrific job playing the pick-and-roll and getting what they wanted out there, and we couldn't seem to do anything. They made their shots and scored on almost every possession as they came down the stretch."

Giricek, who scored a season-high 21 points, missed a wide-open three-pointer with less than 10 seconds left as Utah dropped its third straight.

The game was physical on both ends, and both teams took advantage of it on the foul line. A total of 96 free throws were shot, including 33 in the third quarter alone.

Without Okafor's presence, it was Wallace who stepped up his inside game, repeatedly drawing fouls as he hit 14-of-17 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds.

"He was terrific. What we asked him to do prior to the game was go to the boards. Especially against Kirilenko Kirilenko likes to block shots," Bickerstaff said. "[Wallace's] responsibility was to go to the boards. He didn't settle for jump shots tonight. He took the ball to the basket, and the referees rewarded him for it."

"I think that's one of my strengths, getting into the open floor running and just getting to the basket," Wallace said. "I think the guys did a great job tonight getting me the ball out in the open and letting me just run the floor."

The Jazz, who in the past month have beaten the Spurs, Suns, Lakers and Sonics, continued to have trouble with the league's lesser teams. Earlier in the season, they lost to previously winless Chicago and New Orleans, and Tuesday night that trend continued, losing to the expansion Bobcats in their first-ever trip to the Delta Center.

"I don't really care if they have nine wins or 60 wins, this team played hard," Kirilenko said. "We actually played hard, too, but just not enough. I think we should have won the game in the beginning of the fourth when we led by like 11 points, and we just let it down."