Jazz rout Warriors
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 14
rebounds and Mehmet Okur led the way with 21 points, as the Utah Jazz
trounced Golden State, 106-82, at the Delta Center.
C.J. Miles chipped in 17 points for the Jazz, who were coming off a 108-104
victory against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Matt Harpring added 12 points in
the victory for the Jazz, who had four
players in double figures.
Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and Ike Diogu each posted 12 points in the loss for
Golden State, which began a three-game road trip. The Warriors were coming off
a 102-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. They fell to 1-2
on the season.
Jason Richardson and Andris Biedrins added 11 points each. Biedrins also
grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest.
The Warriors entered the third quarter trailing by 21 points. They made a
couple of quick runs on back-and-forth action, but didn’t come close to taking
Murphy hit a three-pointer as Golden State closed its deficit to 74-61, but
Utah’s offense exploded after that point. Okur drained a turnaround jumper and
then posted a couple of three-pointers. Harpring also made a three-point shot
and then added a layup and a free throw to put the Jazz back up by 23.
Utah then took a 85-62 lead into the fourth stanza and never looked back.
The Jazz put 60 on the board in the first half for the second time this
season. They held a 29-22 lead after the opening quarter, then widened that
margin substantially going into halftime.
Working off a tremendous offensive outburst, Utah used a 20-8 run to open the
second quarter. Harpring contributed on five of those points. His layup at
8:39 was followed later on by a running jumper and a shot from the charity
stripe to put his team out in front by 19. Fast forwarding, Gordan Giricek’s
jumper with a minute left gave the Jazz a 60-41 lead to close out the second.
Okur also grabbed 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season…The
win moves Utah to 3-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. They
opened that season with five straight victories…Golden State shot just 38
percent from the floor and missed 15 of 35 free throws. They also had 18
turnovers in the contest.