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John Stockton's staying power with the Utah Jazz has reached record proportions.

Stockton handed out 15 assists and broke John Havlicek's NBA record for most games played with one team, as the Jazz beat the Detroit Pistons 94-79 on Sunday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

“The record means that I have been very fortunate,” said Stockton, who has played 1,271 games with the Jazz. “A lot of things have to go right to do that. You have to be healthy, and you have to have a team that wants you and where you want to be.”

Utah coach Jerry Sloan, who started with the Jazz as an assistant coach just a few weeks into Stockton's career, is amazed at his longevity.

“It's quite an accomplishment in my opinion,” Sloan said. “Few guys his size have been able to hold up that long. He just loves to play basketball.”

Utah outscored Detroit 31-12 in the fourth quarter, helped by 12 points from Karl Malone, and won its third straight game.

“It's amazing when we start helping each other out on defense what happens on the other end,” Malone said. “We started off really slow, but when you play like that at the end, you are going to have an opportunity to win.”

Bryon Russell added 17 points for Utah. John Starks had 13.

Jerry Stackhouse, who shot 8 for 15 from the line, led Detroit with 37 points. Joe Smith had 10 points and two rebounds in 17 minutes in his second game with Detroit.

Utah held a 63-61 lead late in the third, but Detroit scored six unanswered points for a four-point lead after three quarters.

Utah scored the first four points of the fourth period and took the lead on Jacque Vaughn's 3-pointer. A 3-pointer by Russell gave the Jazz a 79-72 lead with 6:08 remaining.

“Bryon's one of the guys we count on every night,” Stockton said. “He's a young old veteran for us, and we need him to continually step up like he did tonight.”


Mark Jackson had a triple-double as the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 101-89 Sunday in Toronto after losing NBA scoring leader Vince Carter to injury.

Toronto, which beat Chicago for the eighth straight time, played nearly the entire game without Carter. He strained his left quad in the first quarter.

Carter, who was averaging 29.8 points per game, felt a twinge in mid-air on a fadeaway jumper 3:09 into the game. He was helped off the court and did not return. Carter will be re-evaluated today and was listed as day-to-day.

Jackson had 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, scoring his final two points on free throws with 8.4 seconds left.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 27 points and 21 rebounds, and Mike Bibby scored 13 with 12 assists as the Vancouver Grizzlies snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 98-87 victory over the Boston Celtics in Boston.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Antoine Walker had 18 for Boston.


Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, right, looks to pass against pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash during an April game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

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