SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Sloan and John Stockton led the undermanned Utah Jazz into the NBA's toughest arena and emerged with a startling victory. They insisted it was nothing special.
Donyell Marshall had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Karl Malone had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 93-86 Tuesday night, evening their playoff series at one game apiece.
The boisterous Arco Arena crowd was stunned at the buzzer, when Malone and Marshall embraced at midcourt before quietly following Stockton to the locker room. Never during the regular season did anyone so dominate their Kings, who went 36-5 at home.
It was impressive, all right -- except to Stockton, Sloan and Malone, who have seen and done almost everything the Kings hope to accomplish this spring.
"We've done nothing, other than we're not another step closer to elimination," said Stockton, who had 13 points and 12 assists.
"I thought we battled (in Game 1), and I don't see why we couldn't try and come back and do it again," Sloan said. "Our guys felt that if we play hard and stick together, we'd have some success."
In the other playoff game Tuesday, Orlando beat Charlotte 111-103 in overtime, evening their series at 1-1. On Wednesday night, Toronto visits Detroit, and Dallas plays host to Minnesota.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 points and blocked five shots as the Jazz ran out to a big lead during a horrible first half by Sacramento.
Utah then held off the Kings' last rallies to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Pacific Division champions, who haven't been able to play the up-tempo game that was the class of the league this season.
"We can't wait until the last quarter to win a game," said Vlade Divac, who scored 21 points before fouling out with five minutes left. "I feel very confident that we're going to make it to the second round. I just hope that we can start to play our game.
"We can't play their type of a game because then they're going to have a chance to win. I respect them a lot, and they're a good team, but we're better. We just haven't been doing our job."
Divac's defiant words were familiar. After Sacramento eked out a three-point win in Game 1, Divac said he thought the Jazz were "done" after taking their best shot at the NBA's regular-season champions.
"From the opening tipoff, we had a game plan and we stuck with it," Malone said. "We were going to disrupt them. They like to get out on the open floor, and we tried to keep from turning the ball over, because that's how they get the crowd into it."
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