Charles Barkley scored 43 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers beat Utah, 106-100, Monday night at Salt Lake City, handing the Jazz its first home defeat of the season.
Barkley keyed a 15-1 first-quarter spurt by the 76ers and, in the fourth period, scored on a drive and free throw with 3:14 left to give Philadelphia a 99-94 advantage.
The Jazz, who at 7-0 were the only National Basketball Assn. team yet to lose a home game, overcame a 53-41 halftime deficit to lead 76-72 late in the third quarter. But a Barkley dunk and free throw with 10:25 left in the game gave Philadelphia the lead for good at 82-79.
Barkley scored six of Philadelphia's next eight points as the 76ers built an 88-83 advantage with 7:50 remaining.
Utah guard John Stockton tied a franchise record with nine third-quarter assists in sparking Utah's comeback.
Thurl Bailey finished with 21 points, and Stockton had 20 points and 16 assists. Cliff Robinson had 24 points for Philadelphia.