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Utah 111, Seattle 91

Game 49: Saturday at the Key Arena... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Jazz 27 28 32 24 -111

SuperSonics 23 17 31 20 - 91

1st quarter: Jeff Hornacek scores 10 and Karl Malone adds eight as the Jazz open up a lead of as many as five. Greg Foster plays strong defense against Sonics star Vin Baker and pulls down a team-high five boards.

2nd quarter: The Jazz continue their strong play. Going with a small lineup - with both John Stockton and Howard Eisley on the court at the same time - Utah opens up a 17-point lead. Malone nets the final seven points of the quarter and the Jazz are ahead 55-40 at intermission.

3rd quarter: Malone continues to dominate. He goes off for 17 more points to bring his total to 34 by the end of the quarter. The Jazz lead by as many as 22 points. Seattle cuts it to 12, but Malone scores four straight in the final 28 seconds to give Utah a 87-71 advantage at the end of the period.

4th quarter: The Key Arena crowd implored the Sonics to rally, but they didn't have a major one in them on this night. The closest Seattle could get was 14 points behind.

Who's hot: Malone. The Mailman finished with 34 points - and he didn't even score in the final quarter. He was 14-of-23 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with eight rebounds and six assists.

Key to the game: The Jazz shot 64 percent from the field in the first half to lead by 15 at intermission. The Sonics didn't have enough gas to make a serious rally in the second half.

Records: Jazz 34-15; Sonics 39-11

Quotable: "One of the keys (to getting back to the Finals) is Greg Ostertag. I'll say it, and I'll put the pressure on him. He's a key for what we want to do." - Karl Malone last week, one game before Ostertag went on the injured list with a stress fracture in his left leg.

Notable: William Cunningham officially signed a 10-day contract with the Jazz on Saturday after traveling with the team on the charter flight Friday afternoon. Cunningham, a 6-11, 295-pounder from Temple University, made his NBA debut when he played the final 90 seconds. He even scored a bucket . . . Malone has passed former Jazzman Adrian Dantley for fifth place on the all-time free throws made list. Malone has made 6,840 free throws during his career . . . The Jazz are now 7-10 against teams from the Pacific Division. They are 0-3 against Portland, 0-2 against the Lakers, 0-2 against the Kings, 2-1 against Seattle, 2-1 against the Clippers and 3-0 against Golden State . . . Former Jazzman Stephen Howard is now with the Sonics in a roll similar to the one he played last season for the Jazz. He's a seldom-used 12th man. He played only in garbage time Saturday.

Next Up: Charlotte vs. Jazz, Monday, 7 p.m. at the Delta Center.