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Utah at Toronto

Williams compiles 16 assists to help Jazz dominate flat Raptors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- One by one, the Toronto Raptors silently funneled out of the locker room following their second successive blowout loss at home.

They had gone just as quietly against the Utah Jazz.

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Deron Williams had 18 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 113-87 victory on Wednesday night.

"[The Jazz are] good, they're one of the best teams in the West," Raptors forward Chris Bosh said. "But that's still no excuse. We didn't come to play.

"Yeah, they're good, but we have to [say], 'Who cares? We're still going to win this game.' And I don't think we have that fire right now."

Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Mehmet Okur and rookie Wesley Matthews had 16 points apiece for the Jazz, who won their third straight and improved to 28-8 in their past 36 games. Seven Jazz players finished with at least 12 points.

"Great game for us, man. It was fun," Boozer said.

Bosh celebrated his 26th birthday with a 20-point performance for the Raptors (35-35), who fell 1½ games behind Charlotte and Miami in the race for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Bosh said it wasn't his job to motivate his teammates.

"I can't instill it in guys," Bosh said. "You have to have it on your own. As much as I would like to do everything, I can't do everything. Personally, you have to bring something to the plate. Whatever gets guys going, we have to find it."

Antoine Wright had 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter for the Raptors, while Andrea Bargnani added 12 and Jose Calderon 10.

On a night where both teams donned retro jerseys, Williams and Boozer channeled their inner John Stockton and Karl Malone to make easy work of the Raptors, beating them for the 10th consecutive time.

Williams used his deft court vision to find teammates for uncontested layups or open 3-pointers, or to slash to the hoop himself. Boozer excelled down low using an array of layups, putbacks and short hook shots. And like Stockton and Malone, Utah's current dynamic duo didn't hesitate to use the occasional pick-and-roll to befuddle the Raptors, who looked mostly flat in front of a testy Air Canada Centre crowd.

"We could not contain Deron Williams from the start of the game," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "He goes out and we get it to 14 [points], he comes back in and it's 20. He just goes where he wants to go and does what he wants to do.

"His line is deceiving ... 18 [points] and 16 [assists], he was better than that."

Up 18 entering the second half, the Jazz were content to trade baskets with the Raptors for the majority of the third quarter. Utah was up 87-67 after three.

Toronto closed within 13 early in the fourth quarter, but Boozer's basket -- on Williams' 14th assist of the game -- ignited a 7-0 Utah run that put the game out of reach, sending fans scurrying for the exits.

Triano said he thought his team's effort was "good." Point guard Jarrett Jack disagreed.

"We got our butts kicked, bottom line," Jack said. "I don't think anybody in here is into moral victories. We fought hard and got blown out. That's just the way I feel about it."

Boozer's 10 points helped Utah take a 33-17 advantage after one. The Jazz led 61-43 at halftime.

Notes

  • The Raptors donned their blue-and-white Huskies jerseys Wednesday, while the Jazz went with green-and-gold road uniforms they wore for two seasons in the early 1980s.
  • Raptors G Marco Belinelli missed his second successive game with a sore lower back, while F Hedo Turkoglu sat out the second half with a stomach virus. Jazz F Andrei Kirilenko was out with a strained calf muscle.
  • Utah is assured a winning record for the 23rd time in the past 24 years.
  • There have been 236 NBA coaching changes since Jerry Sloan first took over as Utah's coach in December 1988. Denver, New York and the Clippers have all switched coaches 12 times in that span. The Raptors are on their seventh head coach.
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Deron Williams, third in the NBA in assists, chooses to take a shot over Reggie Evans here.  (Getty Images)
Deron Williams, third in the NBA in assists, chooses to take a shot over Reggie Evans here. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Utah (47-25) «33282626113
Toronto (35-35) 1726242087
UTA:C. Boozer 18 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 11 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 16 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 20 Pts
TOR:R. Evans 9 Reb
TOR:C. Bosh 3 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoUtah

C. Bosh

D. Williams
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
208318816
Utah
D. Williams, PG377-154-5816118
W. Matthews, SG365-103-481316
M. Okur, C345-135-681116
C. Boozer, PF298-142-3114618
C. Miles, SF255-110-051312
K. Korver, SG275-70-024312
P. Millsap, PF265-83-351413
R. Price, PG111-30-02222
O. Jeffers, G40-30-02020
S. Gaines, PG30-01-20001
K. Koufos, C32-30-21004
K. Fesenko, C30-01-20101
A. Kirilenko, SFDid Not Play
Totals 43-8719-27523125113
 49.4%70.4% 
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF357-186-1083120
D. DeRozan, SG323-70-01026
A. Bargnani, C305-91-250112
J. Calderon, PG224-110-023310
H. Turkoglu, SF191-32-22214
A. Wright, SF266-152-321415
J. Jack, PG233-90-02107
R. Evans, PF202-23-49137
S. Weems, SG202-62-46206
A. Johnson, SF110-00-01140
M. Banks, PG30-20-00010
R. Nesterovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
Totals 33-8216-2538142087
 40.2%64.0% 
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Atl 86
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Bos 113
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Hou 104 Final
OKC 122
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