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Sacramento at Utah

Boozer knocks first 13 shots, nets 33 to power Jazz over Kings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Carlos Boozer banged inside for his usual dunks and layups and even stepped outside for a few long jumpers.

It didn't matter where he was. Almost everything Boozer put up went through the hoop as he led the Utah Jazz to a 127-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

"I tried to get layups first," said Boozer, who made his first 13 shots and finished with 33 points. "The net seemed huge to me, so when you go out there shooting jump shots you feel comfortable already."

Boozer finished 15-for-19. He was perfect until the last second of the third quarter and his shooting overshadowed a pretty good night by teammates Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams.

Kirilenko had 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks and Williams had 16 points and 14 assists for the Jazz, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

"We didn't do anything special. We just shoot in like different kinds of sets," said Kirilenko, who was 6-for-8.

In addition to Utah's eighth straight win at home, Jazz fans got a bonus when Sacramento's Ron Artest was kicked out with two technical fouls in the fourth quarter. Fans booed Artest most of the night and cheered loudly when he was finally ejected.

As the Jazz fans cheered, each of the Kings slapped Artest's hand on his way to the locker room.

"Ron was out there fighting for everybody," Mike Bibby said. "He was being physical back and they made him pay for it."

The Jazz haven't won -- or even tied -- a season series against Sacramento since 2000. Friday's win gave Utah a 2-1 edge with one game remaining, so the worst the Jazz can do is tie.

Kevin Martin scored 32 points, making all 15 of his free throws, and Artest had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Kings.

Artest missed the first meeting of the season with Utah because of a league suspension he was serving in November. Utah fans made up for the lost chance at booing Artest, who seemed to relish the negative attention as much as the fans enjoyed giving it.

But he did start to show some frustration early in the fourth quarter and the Kings fell apart from there.

Matt Harpring tied up Artest under the basket and Artest flailed his arms wildly to get free. It happened again less than a minute later near the top of the key, and this time after breaking free of the armlock, Artest tried to get in Harpring's face.

Harpring looked away and the officials got in between before anything could happen. Harpring was called for a foul and Artest got a technical after the officials called both coaches to midcourt for a conference.

"If he wants to play that way, he's just going to ruin his game. That's what he did," Harpring said. "If he tried to bully me or scare me, it's not going to happen."

The Kings never recovered after the technicals.

"As much as I dislike it from this end, I appreciate that Harpring goes out there and gives up a couple of hard fouls," Sacramento coach Reggie Theus said. "That's the way the game should be played."

Kyle Korver made the technical free throw to give Utah a 106-93 lead. Later in the fourth, Harpring was called for an offensive foul and this time Martin started to go after him. Theus was called for a technical on that play and Korver hit the free throw again.

Artest was close to getting another technical several times down the stretch, then got kicked out for a one-handed push toward Boozer with 4:34 remaining.

Notes

  • The Jazz outscored the Kings 54-34 in the paint.
  • Utah sent rookie Morris Almond back to the D-League earlier Friday.
  • Karl Malone holds the Jazz record for field goals without a miss, going 12-for-12 twice.
  • Kirilenko's 25 points were a season high.
  • Francisco Garcia scored 13 of Sacramento's 26 bench points.
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Carlos Boozer is so solid against the Kings, Brad Miller is unable to jar the rock loose.  (AP)
Carlos Boozer is so solid against the Kings, Brad Miller is unable to jar the rock loose. (AP)

Scoreboard
Sacramento (18-24) 23293526113
Utah (25-18) «26323732127
SAC:K. Martin 32 Pts
SAC:R. Artest 8 Reb
SAC:M. Bibby 4 Ast
UTA:C. Boozer 33 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 10 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 14 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahSacramento

C. Boozer

K. Martin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
331023274
Sacramento
J. Salmons, SF386-91-213313
K. Martin, SG387-1715-1574132
M. Bibby, PG374-112-264411
B. Miller, C345-74-462216
R. Artest, SF335-125-683215
F. Garcia, SF264-73-532513
B. Udrih, PG171-34-60117
M. Moore, PF100-02-21012
S. Hawes, C41-10-01002
Q. Douby, SG20-10-00100
J. Williams, PF21-10-01012
D. Jones, SG10-10-00000
S. Abdur-Rahim, PFDid Not Play
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
Totals 34-7036-42342020113
 48.6%85.7% 
Utah
D. Williams, PG397-141-1214316
C. Boozer, PF3915-193-4102533
A. Kirilenko, SF386-810-1266225
M. Okur, C364-122-483412
R. Brewer, SG312-74-66318
K. Korver, SF205-93-310515
M. Harpring, SF143-33-40039
P. Millsap, PF132-43-43047
J. Hart, PG81-20-00332
R. Price, PG10-00-01000
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
C. Miles, SGDid Not Play
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 45-7829-38373130127
 57.7%76.3% 
Other Games
Pho 110 Final
Cle 108
Mem 93 Final
Wash 104
Mil 75 Final
Tor 106
Orl 93 Final
Det 101
Min 86 Final
Bos 87
Phi 81 Final
NY 89
LAC 92 Final
NO 111
Char 90 Final
Chi 77
LAL 105 Final
Dal 112
NJ 85 Final
Den 100
Hou 89 Final
Port 79
Atl 99 Final
Sea 90