Williams leads Jazz past Sonics
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Deron Williams posted 27 points and eight
assists, as the red-hot Utah Jazz downed the Seattle SuperSonics, 118-109, in
a battle of Northwest Division rivals at KeyArena.
Matt Harpring scored 21 points for the Jazz, who are on a four-game winning
streak. Mehmet Okur posted 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer
added 14 points and 13 boards. Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap contributed 11
Utah is a league-best 8-1 for the second-best start in franchise history,
behind only a 9-1 start to the 1999 season.
“We have to stay healthy,” Harpring said. “The last few years, injuries have
hit us hard. We also have to continue to play hard and together.”
Ray Allen scored 32 points for the SuperSonics, who lost their second
straight. Rashard Lewis scored 24 points and Luke Ridnour added 15.
Utah gained an early advantage and led 28-23 heading into the second quarter,
in which both squads scored 24 points for a 52-47 halftime Jazz advantage.
Both teams scored 30 in the third for an 82-77 Utah lead heading into the
The Jazz went on a 7-0 spurt midway through the fourth capped by a Derek
Fisher layup for a 97-85 lead with 6:26 remaining. They outscored Seattle by
four in the period to preserve the win.
“Our young guys have to play well,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. “I don’t have
the patience to keep telling them the same thing over and over. So far, they
are responding and it has helped us.”
Utah outrebounded Seattle 47-27. Seattle committed 20 turnovers, and finished
29-for-36 from the free-throw line.
Utah has won two of six at Seattle…The home team has captured 14 of the last
20 contests in this series.