Malone in second with 31,443 points

Mailman passes Wilt on NBA's all-time list

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone's first eight points carried him past Wilt Chamberlain. The Mailman's next 23 carried the Utah Jazz past the Toronto Raptors.

Malone moved past Chamberlain for second place on the NBA's career scoring list Tuesday night, hitting a scoop in the lane with 4:58 left in the second quarter of Utah's 98-84 victory over Toronto.

''Wilt Chamberlain was a pioneer in this league, a guy I have great respect for,'' Malone told a swarm of reporters on the Delta Center floor. ''I didn't sleep at all today. I had the worst nap ever.''

Malone finished with 31 points, giving him 31,443 in his 16-year career. Chamberlain scored 31,419 in 14 seasons. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league's career leader with 38,387.

''To be able to play every game with guys who believed in me, that's what really means a lot,'' Malone said. ''That, and the people here in Utah have accepted me, the good with the bad.''

Malone, the most prolific power forward in NBA history and a 16-year fixture for the Utah Jazz, went into the Toronto game needing eight points to pass Chamberlain.

It was his night. He added 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the only lowlight was when he was ejected with less than one minute to play after getting his second technical for arguing with referee Marc Davis.

Even then, Malone received a standing ovation when he left the floor.

''My biggest fear was that I would get the record but we wouldn't win the game,'' Malone said.

Heat 100, Hawks 92

ATLANTA -- A.C. Green scored a season-high 14 points as the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks.

Eddie Jones scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half for Miami, which won its third straight. Anthony Mason pulled down 11 rebounds and Brian Grant added 16 points for Miami.

Jason Terry scored 23 points and rookie DerMarr Johnson scored 16 points for the Hawks, who had won two of their last three. Dikembe Mutombo had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Anthony Mason pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and Brian Grant added 16 points for Miami, which won its third straight and ended a two-game losing streak at Atlanta.

Pacers 88, Nets 64

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half and Reggie Miller scored all 16 of his points in the first two periods as Indiana dealt New Jersey its eighth straight loss.

Travis Best and Jermaine O'Neal both recorded double-doubles, and five Pacers scored in double figures. Best had 14 points and 10 assists, while O'Neal had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Reserve Al Harrington added 13 points.

Aaron Williams scored 15 points and reserve Johnny Jackson had 14 for the Nets, who were without scoring and assist leader Stephon Marbury. Marbury missed the game with a sprained left ankle.

Cavaliers 71, Hornets 66

CLEVELAND -- Andre Miller scored 20 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 11, including seven down the stretch, as Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak.

Elden Campbell had 16 points and David Wesley 14 for the Hornets, who matched their franchise low for points in a game and shot a season-low 30 percent from the floor.

Magic 101, Celtics 98

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando won its third straight game.

John Amaechi and Michael Doleac each had 16 points, and Pat Garrity scored 12 for the Heat.

Antoine Walker, who missed a potential game-tying shot with 2.1 seconds remaining, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Boston, which has lost four of its last six.

Timberwolves 100, Bulls 90

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups added 22 as Minnesota beat the depleted Bulls.

The Bulls were without leading scorers Elton Brand and Ron Mercer. Mercer was sick, and Brand hyperextended his left knee in last Friday's game against the New York Knicks.

Kings 81, Spurs 75

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 30 points and Sacramento held San Antonio without a field goal in the game's final eight minutes

Tim Duncan had 23 points and a career-high 23 rebounds for the Spurs, who outrebounded Sacramento 55-45 and shot 35 percent from the field in its lowest scoring output of the season.

Grizzlies 91 Pistons 83

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Backup center Bryant Reeves grabbed two critical rebounds and sank four crucial free throws in the fourth quarter as Vancouver won for the third time in 11 games.

Reeves finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while starting center Ike Austin finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Vancouver.

Lakers 96, 76ers 85

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points, 20 rebounds, six assists and a season-high seven blocked as the Lakers won for the 11th time in 13 starts.

Allen Iverson scored 27 points, Aaron McKie added a season-high 21 points and George Lynch had 12 points and seven rebounds for the 76ers, who are 4-4 after opening the season with 10 straight wins.

Rockets 109, Mavericks 102

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored a career-high 36 points as Houston beat Dallas, just hours after Mavericks coach Don Nelson said he has prostate cancer.

Dirk Nowitzki had a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas. Howard Eisley added 24 points and Michael Finley had 22.

Shandon Anderson had 22 points for Houston.

Cuttino Mobley added 14, Moochie Norris had 13, Matt Bullard 12 and Hakeem Olajuwon 10.

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