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Malone's mark makes Magic miserable

Karl Malone knows the game, and part of that wisdom is knowing the referees.

Cajoling the officials all night, Malone went to the free-throw line 22 times en route to a season-high 40 points as the Jazz beat the Magic 111-108 on Wednesday night. Malone had 24 points after halftime, with 14 coming on foul shots.

Malone, who also had nine rebounds, made 16 foul shots, going 10-for-12 in the third quarter. His free throws attempted set a record for an Orlando opponent.

"I was laughing, watching (Malone)," Orlando's Tracy McGrady said. "He's a vet and he knows how to get it done. He did a hell of a job working them."

Malone, though, was reluctant to discuss his skill at finessing the refs. "I'm about to end this interview if I hear another question like that," he said, snapping at reporters.

The Magic had a chance to tie after John Stockton missed a jumper with eight seconds to go. Andrew DeClercq rebounded, but Malone intercepted his outlet pass and was fouled. He then sank two of four foul shots in the final 1.5 seconds for the victory _ Utah's third in four road games.

"I knew he was going to throw it because they were in a rush," said Malone, who had four steals.

Malone passed the 36,000-point mark on a three-point play with 4:20 remaining in the first half. Only one player in NBA history has more _ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387.

"It's unbelievable to me that he's still playing," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He simply makes shots. Most people can't do that without jumping over people, but Karl doesn't do that. He just lays it in the basket."

Orlando, losers of three of four, got 32 points from McGrady despite a subpar shooting night. Pat Garrity came off the bench for 20 points and eight rebounds.

Gordan Giricek, who had been averaging better than 17 points since the Magic traded for him four weeks ago, had 13 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

The Magic appeared to be fading early in the second half, as the Jazz opened a 13-point lead. But Orlando came back after official Ed Malloy slapped DeClercq with a technical for staring after a noncall, then hit Magic coach Doc Rivers when he came off the bench in fury. Stockton's two foul shots put the Jazz ahead 77-65.

"It was the worst technical foul I have ever seen in my entire life," Rivers said. "It was the young guy who was intimidated the entire night. He really was."

WILLIAMS UPDATE: A 911 tape made after a fatal shooting at Jayson Williams' estate is evidence that a prosecutor says should not yet be made public.

Releasing the tape could make it difficult to pick a jury and would go against the wishes of the victim's family, assistant prosecutor Steven Lember told a state appeals court.

Attorneys for the Courier News of Bridgewater, which wants the tape released, say it should be made public under New Jersey's open public records law. The court set no date for a ruling.

Williams is charged with first-degree manslaughter and other offenses in the Feb. 14, 2002, death of limousine driver Costas Christofi. The 35-year-old former NBA star could face nearly 55 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Williams was among the NBA's best rebounders when leg injuries led to his retirement from the Nets in 2000. After the shooting, he was suspended from his job as an NBA analyst for NBC.

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