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Golden State at Utah

Williams carves up Warriors for 29 points, 12 assists to lift Jazz

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz ran with the fast-paced Golden State Warriors early, then ran over them.

The Jazz returned from the All-Star break with a 119-109 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday, overcoming a sloppy defensive performance in the first quarter by dominating the next two and winning their 13th straight at home.

The Jazz scored 77 in the first half and closed the second period on a 10-0 run, shutting out the NBA's highest-scoring team for the final 1:56 before halftime.

The offensive spectacle thrilled the fans and irked Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who wondered where Utah's defense went over the break. The Jazz were six points off the franchise record for a half, but also allowed the Warriors to score 64.

"We were happy with the 77. We were up 13, so we can't complain," point guard Deron Williams said. "We could have done a better job of helping each other out, but it was a pretty solid game for our first game back."

Williams also had two blocks and two steals as Utah swept the season series against the Warriors.

All-Star Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Andrei Kirilenko added 18 points for the Jazz, who have won 13 of 14.

Al Harrington scored 21 points and Monta Ellis had 18 for the Warriors. Neither played in the fourth quarter as coach Don Nelson benched his starters with the game getting out of control.

"The only good thing about the game tonight for us is that this is the last time we have to play in Utah," Nelson said.

The Jazz beat the Warriors in five games last spring in the second round of the playoffs and took all three meetings this season. It's Utah's first sweep of Golden State since 2001-02.

Williams got his 12th double-double in the last 13 games and 31st of the season. Boozer had his 37th game with double figures in scoring and rebounds. He also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his All-Star debut on Sunday.

The Jazz were 15-for-21 in the second period and 30-for-44 (68 percent) in the first half. Utah also outrebounded Golden State 45-33. The Warriors didn't score in the period after Stephen Jackson's 3-pointer got the Warriors within 67-64 with 1:56 left.

Although the Warriors lead the league in scoring, they're also last in points allowed. It was a bad combination to bring to Utah on Tuesday.

"Our motto is keep the score tight and keep the game as close as possible and under double-digits going into the fourth quarter," said Baron Davis, who had 17 points and four assists. "We weren't able to do that tonight."

Golden State's reserves were able to slowly cut into the lead in the fourth quarter -- not nearly enough to win, but plenty to irritate Sloan.

"The second half we looked like we thought we had the game won," Sloan said. "As it turned out, I thought I was going to have to substitute at the end of the ballgame."

Kyle Korver and Matt Harpring added 12 points for the Jazz, who made their first eight shots of the second quarter and outscoring the Warriors 41-28.

Notes

  • Utah's 77 points in the first half was a season high, breaking the mark of 70 the Jazz scored against the Lakers on Nov. 30.
  • The Jazz made 21 of 23 free throws.
  • Jackson left the game in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain.
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The Warriors can't knock Deron Williams off course enough as he torches them for 29 points.  (AP)
The Warriors can't knock Deron Williams off course enough as he torches them for 29 points. (AP)
Scoreboard
Golden State (32-21) 36282124109
Utah (35-19) «36412517119
GS:A. Harrington 21 Pts
GS:M. Barnes 6 Reb
GS:B. Davis 4 Ast
UTA:D. Williams 29 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 12 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 12 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahGolden State

D. Williams

A. Harrington
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
293122152

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Golden State
M. Ellis, SG307-134-723318
S. Jackson, SG292-81-22416
A. Harrington, PF288-171-152221
B. Davis, PG257-133-324117
C. Webber, C164-61-41329
K. Azubuike, SF206-100-030214
M. Barnes, SF193-52-26239
A. Biedrins, C192-30-06024
A. Croshere, PF171-20-01013
C. Watson, PG153-52-21258
M. Pietrus, SF120-40-02000
B. Wright, SF90-10-02100
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
Totals 43-8714-21332122109
 49.4%66.7% 
Utah
M. Okur, C386-103-4103316
D. Williams, PG3710-147-8312229
C. Boozer, PF326-124-4123516
A. Kirilenko, SF267-82-222218
R. Brewer, SG242-70-06114
P. Millsap, PF233-100-08136
K. Korver, SF224-111-114112
M. Harpring, SF206-80-032212
R. Price, PG111-32-20314
J. Hart, PG20-02-20012
J. Collins, C20-00-00000
C. Miles, SG20-10-00000
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 45-8421-23453121119
 53.6%91.3% 
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