SALT LAKE CITY, DEC. 3 -- The Washington Bullets were outclassed in the first 90 seconds of play tonight by the Utah Jazz, who pounded their way to a 135-101 victory at the Salt Palace.

The Jazz jumped out to a 9-0 lead after 90 seconds, 22-2 after five minutes. From there, the Bullets (5-11) never got close, falling behind by 30 in the third.

Using a hybrid lineup in the fourth quarter, Washington used a trap on defense against Utah's reserves and got within 16, but the Jazz quickly went back to its starters and regained control.

Utah's combination of guard John Stockton and forward Karl Malone pounded the Bullets, with Malone going for a season-high 38 points with 15 rebounds. Stockton had 16 points, 15 assists, 7 steals and 7 rebounds.

And guard Jeff Malone, making his first appearance against his former teammates, also had his best game of the season, scoring 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting, and had seven rebounds.

"I was happy," Jeff Malone said. "It's just a new feeling for me. When we're playing great, we're tough. We've had some great moments.

"I'm excited, and that's why I played like that. I didn't do anything special to try and embarrass Washington."

Earlier in the day, the Bullets' Harvey Grant was fined $4,000 by the league for instigating a fight with Detroit's Joe Dumars in Saturday night's victory over the Pistons. Two other Bullets, Greg Foster and Darrell Walker, were fined $1,500 and $2,000, respectively, while five Pistons were fined a collective $3,500.

Stockton did more pocket picking in the evening. When he wasn't jumping in the passing lanes on defense, he was getting the ball to the Malones for easy baskets on the offensive end.

The Jazz made the most of its advantages by getting to the foul line for 53 free throws, making 42. Karl Malone was 16 for 22.

"They jumped on us and never got off," Walker said. "We could have just mailed it in tonight. We didn't have the intensity we had at home and we never got into it."

Forward Bernard King led Washington with 24 points. Reserve guard Byron Irvin had a season-high 16 points.

Substitute forward Mark Alarie was the only other Bullet in double figures, with 10 points. The Bullets lost Ledell Eackles in the second quarter with a turned ankle.

The highlight of the evening for the Bullets may have been the opening tap. They ran a set play off the it, but guard Haywoode Workman lost the ball. Stockton went the other way for a layin and the Jazz never trailed.

By the time the Bullets scored again, they were down by seven points. After that, Utah ran off 13 straight points, with Stockton doing whatever he wanted on the fast break. When Karl Malone hit two free throws with 6:58 left in the first period, the Jazz led by 20.

"Karl Malone was unstoppable," Grant said. "He had a good game {Sunday} night and he carried over.

"Once you get him off, it's hard to stop him. They went to him early and the shots fell. If he didn't make the shots, he would go to the foul line and make his free throws."

The Jazz led by 43-20 after one quarter and by 79-56 at the half, tying the record for most points scored against the Bullets in a half. It was set by New York on Oct. 22, 1977.

"We came out really strong," Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan said. "We were able to get some easy baskets off our defense. John did a great job of getting the ball to Karl early, which allowed him to get some baskets inside."

Utah made the game embarrassing in the second half, getting its 30-point lead with 7:17 left in the third. The Jazz cracked the 100-point barrier with 2:45 left in the third.

In the fourth period, the Bullets went to the trap with Irvin, Pervis Ellison, A. J. English, Mark Alarie and Tom Hammonds and got within 16 points with seven minutes left. But when the Jazz first team came back, the lead jumped back to 20.

All in all, other than the chance to reunite themselves with their old friend, it was a rather wasted night for the Bullets.

"He's not getting a whole lot of shots like he used to with us," Walker said of Jeff Malone. "But that's to be expected. They've got more weapons."