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Utah 79, San Antonio 77

Game 52: Saturday night at the Alamodome

... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Jazz 20 23 21 15 - 79

Spurs 14 21 18 24 - 77

1st quarter: Karl Malone scores six points and Jeff Hornacek adds four as the Jazz overcome a two-point deficit with a 12-4 run to end the period. Greg Foster starts at center in his first game back after nearly being traded to Orlando. Rookie Tim Duncan leads San Antonio with six points.

2nd quarter: Six Jazzmen score as Utah opens the period with a 16-8 burst to extend its lead to 36-22. San Antonio pulls no closer than eight the rest of the half. Malone has 12 points at the intermission, while Duncan has 10 for the Spurs.

3rd quarter: Duncan and Avery Johnson combine for all the points as San Antonio pulls back into contention with a 10-3 run midway through the period. Utah responds with a 12-4 spurt, capped by Howard Eisley's 3-pointer.

4th quarter: San Antonio outscores Utah 17-7 down the stretch. Jazz make just three field goals in the period. Duncan misses two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining as Utah holds on for the victory.

Who's hot: Duncan. The probable NBA Rookie of the Year totaled 29 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in a sloppy game between the Midwest Division leaders. San Antonio shot 41 percent from the field and Utah a meager 37 percent. Malone topped the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Quotable: "(Tim Duncan) is a great player. Once he improves his free-throw shooting, obviously, he'll be even better. And that will come with time." - Greg Foster.

Records: Jazz 37-15; Spurs 36-17

Key to the game: Long before Duncan's missed free throws in the final second, the Jazz seized control with an 18-6 run over the first and second periods to take the lead for good.

Notable: The first-place Jazz now lead the Spurs by 11/2 games in the Midwest Division. Utah has now won seven straight . . . San Antonio's All-Star center, David Robinson, did not play. He has a sore right knee . . . This was the 110th meeting between the Jazz and Spurs. Utah leads the series 58-52 . . . The attendance was 26,572.

Next Up: Miami Heat vs. Jazz, Tuesday, 6 p.m. at the Delta Center