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Jazz Come Back, Beat Bulls

Karl Malone scored 30 points and John Stockton had 17 points and 18 assists as the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 101-93 Wednesday night.

Utah overcame a 24-point first-half deficit to become the first Western Conference team to sweep a season series with the Bulls in three years.

Michael Jordan scored 40 points for the Bulls, but Scottie Pippen missed the final 18 minutes of the game after he reaggravated a pulled right hamstring. Dennis Rodman, averaging a league-leading 15.7 rebounds per game, was held to four.

The Jazz defeated the Bulls 101-94 at the United Center on Jan. 25, snapping Chicago's 17-game home winning streak and 38-game winning streak against the Western Conference.

In Chicago's first trip to the Delta Center since the 1997 NBA Finals, the Jazz made just six field goals in the first quarter and were down 41-17 early in the second quarter. But the Jazz held the Bulls to 37 percent shooting in the middle quarters and hung on in the closing minutes for the victory.

The Bulls finished their six-game Western road swing with a 4-2 record, while the Jazz beat Chicago for the third time in the last four regular-season games. It was the last game for both teams before the All-Star break.

Down 56-45 at halftime, Utah opened the second half with a 17-5 run and took a 62-61 lead on Adam Keefe's free throws with 5:48 left in the third quarter. After Chicago moved ahead again, Utah hit three consecutive 3-pointers to take a 71-69 lead into the fourth.

Chicago scored the final 14 points of the first period and threatened to turn the game into a laugher. A three-point play by Ron Harper, who finished with 14 points, gave the Bulls a 35-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jordan had 13 points in the quarter and Harper added 10.

Chicago led by 24 points early in the second quarter before Utah started its comeback.

Down 47-24 with 5:17 left in the half, Utah made a 17-2 run capped by a Chris Morris slam with 2:33 left. Hornacek and Jud Buechler exchanged 3-pointers in the final six seconds of the half.

Jordan took 37 shots, more than his next five teammates combined. He was just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers.

Notes: Rodman headed for Las Vegas after the game. He will appear on ``The Tonight Show" in Los Angeles on Thursday night. ... Jazz fans took advantage of an unusually warm January day and swarmed the Delta Center several hours before tipoff. Scalpers were getting 10 times face value for tickets. ... Toni Kukoc didn't dress for the game with a sore back, and Steve Kerr missed his 11th straight game for the Bulls with a fractured left clavicle. ... Rodman and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, seated at courtside, exchanged a little trash-talk in the second quarter.

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