Golden State (15-21) at Utah (19-17)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Tue Jan 13, 2004
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The Utah Jazz will shoot for their 18th straight home victory over the Golden State Warriors when the teams meet at the Delta Center.

The Jazz haven’t lost a home contest to the Warriors since a 112-104 setback on Nov. 11, 1994. Utah has won 30 of the last 34 meetings in the series overall.

The Jazz hope to maintain that dominance without leading scorer Matt Harpring, who is expected to have surgery on his ailing right knee and could miss the rest of the regular season.

“It’s very tough. As a player, you never want to go through something like this,” said Harpring, who is waiting for the swelling to go down before the procedure.

The sixth-year forward missed his fourth straight game Saturday, but the Jazz opened their four-game homestand with a 92-71 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Coach Jerry Sloan picked up his 800th victory with the Jazz after missing the previous two games to be with his wife, Bobbye, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

In his 16th season at Utah, Sloan is the longest-tenured head coach with the same team in professional sports. He is 894-538 in his NBA coaching career, including a 94-121 mark at Chicago from 1979-82. Sloan has the sixth-best winning percentage in league history at 62.7.

Utah improved to 15-3 at home this season, bouncing back from a 106-96 loss at Denver on Friday.

“Coach was on us from the get-go. When you have a coach like Jerry Sloan, he won’t let you have a letdown,” said Jazz guard DeShawn Stevenson, who had a team-high 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

Carlos Arroyo added 14 points and Andrei Kirilenko and Aleksandar Pavlovic contributed 12 apiece for Utah.

Stevenson is averaging 17.7 points on 60 percent shooting (25-for-42) over his last three games.

After ending a season-high, seven-game losing streak with a 113-110 overtime home win over Seattle on Saturday, the Warriors went back to their losing ways Monday, dropping a 115-113 home decision in double overtime to Memphis.

Erick Dampier and Nick Van Exel scored 23 points each, and Jason Richardson added 21 for Golden State.

Dampier, whose points were a season high, also had a season-best seven blocks and 22 rebounds as the Warriors finished with a 66-48 rebounding advantage.

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