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Memphis at Utah

Jazz 98, Grizzlies 92

CBSSports.com wire reports

SALT LAKE CITY -- The start of the New Year meant much of the same for the Utah Jazz.

Fall behind early, rally behind the bench, then have All-Star Deron Williams bring it home.

That formula worked again Saturday night in a 98-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Williams scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and passed to rookie Gordon Hayward for a dunk to seal it with 18.9 seconds left as Utah won its eighth straight at home against the Grizzlies to improve to 23-11.

"Crunch time is when your best player steps up," forward Paul Millsap said about Williams. "He knew it was his time."

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Millsap led the Jazz with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 13 in the first half when Utah built a 48-38 lead.

The biggest spark came from Utah's backups, which outscored the Grizzlies reserves 32-6.

"Our bench has been a strong point for us all season," Williams said of a unit led by Earl Watson, Ronnie Price and Gordon Hayward. "It's contagious. I wish the first group could do that. That way we could keep it going rather than have to have. .. the second group bring us back."

Price's jam and 3-pointer gave the Jazz a 38-28 second-quarter lead. Then Hayward showed how much he has grown as a player 34 games into the season.

"Basketball is a game of confidence," Hayward said. "Everybody in the NBA can play. It's whether they can play their own game and not go out there and think. I'm definitely trying to go out there and not think as much and just play."

He showed his athleticism on fast-break layups and a more aggressive side, capped by the authoritative dunk for Utah's final points.

"You try to go up soft, it's not going to work (in the NBA)," Hayward said. "For me, it's all about trying to learn. With each game, it's going to get better and better and I'm going to get better and better."

Williams said the team also is growing more confident in Hayward, who played nearly 30 minutes, including much of the fourth quarter when the game was tight.

"The minutes and the confidence is all he needed," Williams said about the former Butler star. "He's playing good, picking up on things. It means he's learning on the job."

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 27 points and 16 rebounds. O.J. Mayo, who was back in the starting lineup, added 18 but was 3 of 9 from 3-pointer range.

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Memphis (14-19)2117312392
Utah (23-11) «2127232798
MEM:Z. Randolph 27 Pts
MEM:Z. Randolph 16 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 7 Ast
UTA:P. Millsap 22 Pts
UTA:P. Millsap 10 Reb
UTA:E. Watson 6 Ast
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M. Conley, PG386-144-447517
S. Young, SF344-110-03028
M. Gasol, C324-87-934516
T. Allen, SG140-30-03140
O. Mayo, SG486-183-463418
D. Arthur, PF130-10-02000
G. Vasquez, PG102-20-01124
H. Thabeet, C80-10-04030
H. Haddadi, C51-10-01112
R. Gay, SFDid Not Play
D. Carroll, SFDid Not Play
X. Henry, SGDid Not Play
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D. Williams, PG365-108-1135219
P. Millsap, PF348-116-6103322
R. Bell, SG314-80-042210
A. Jefferson, C303-125-1042511
A. Kirilenko, SF182-70-04404
G. Hayward, SF306-101-241013
K. Fesenko, C182-51-21215
R. Price, PG173-70-01137
E. Watson, PG120-01-43611
F. Elson, C92-30-00124
J. Evans, SF51-10-01002
M. Okur, CDid Not Play
C. Miles, SFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7422-3535271998
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