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Game 48: Thursday at the Delta Center

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Celtics 31 27 23 19 - 100

Jazz 18 27 37 36 - 118

1st quarter: Utah turns the ball over 10 times in the quarter and is outscored 11-0 in the final 2:05 as the Celtics take a 13-point lead. Antoine Walker, Dee Brown and Ron Mercer score six each for Boston.

2nd quarter: The Jazz handle the Celtics' pressure better but still turn the ball over six times in the period. Boston goes up by as many as 18 points and settles for a 13-point advantage at the half, 58-45.

3rd quarter: Jazz coach Jerry Sloan gets tossed after picking up his second technical with 5:51 to play. Utah rallies and takes its first lead late in the quarter. Karl Malone scores 16 points in the period on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

4th quarter: Utah continues its roll. Bryon Russell scores 13 points off the bench in the quarter as the Jazz pull away for a lopsided victory.

Who's hot: Malone. He netted 31 points one 11-of-16 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line. He also pulled down a game-high 12 boards, with four assists and two steals.

Key to the game: The Jazz found a way to break the Celtics press after handling the ball like a live grenade in the opening quarter. The Jazz were on a record turnover pace early, but only turned it over four times in the second half.

Records: Jazz 33-15; Celtics 22-27

Quotable: "They kept going to Karl Malone - which is a pretty good strategy." Celtic coach Rick Pitino.

Notable: Greg Foster started and scored 16 points in the place of injured Greg Ostertag. Ostertag will miss the next three to six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. Utah is expected to sign Will Cunningham, a 6-11 center from Temple ('96), to a 10-day contract today. . . . It was the second time in a month that Sloan has been booted from a game. The other time was in a loss at Portland on Jan. 16. . . . The Jazz have now beaten the Celtics 12 consecutive times overall and 10 times in a row in Salt Lake City. Even though the Jazz have won a dozen straight in the series, the Celtics still own the all-time lead, 33-25.

Next Up: Jazz at Seattle, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Key Arena.