Jazz Trying to Keep from Spitting 3-0 Bit

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The Utah Jazz were short-tempered and sullen after searching game tapes Friday for ways to avoid making NBA history in the worst possible fashion.

After losing three in a row to Denver, Utah could become the first team to lose a playoff series after leading 3-0. That isn't all that plagues the Jazz as they prepare for today's Game 7 in Salt Lake City.

Karl Malone, still stinging from Jazz owner Larry H. Miller's criticism, says he may leave the team.

"Right now, I just want to win the ballgame," Malone said. "But I have some unbelievable decisions to make after the season."

Just before halftime of Tuesday's 109-101 double-overtime loss to Denver at the Delta Center, Miller shouted at Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to bench Malone, who at the time had only three of his eventual 22 points. Miller later got into a scuffle with several Denver fans.

In a tearful news conference Thursday - hours before the Nuggets' 94-91 victory forced Game 7 - he apologized for both incidents. …