Okur, Boozer lead Jazz over Raptors
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur posted a team-high 27 points, while
Carlos Boozer chipped in with 23 points and a 19 rebound performance, leading
the Utah Jazz past the Toronto Raptors, 102-94, at the Air Canada Centre.
Deron Williams tallied 16 points and dished out eight assists for the Jazz,
who have won two straight following a four-game slide. Derek Fisher ended with
10 points, while Jarron Collins donated eight points off the bench.
Chris Bosh scored a game-high 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds, as
Toronto lost for just the second time in its last six contests. Jose Calderon
ended the night with 16 points, while Anthony Parker scored 14. Andrea
Bargnani was the final player in double figures, netting 1 points in a losing
Bosh was on fire in the early going, boosting the Raptors to a 28-26 lead
after the first quarter. The dynamic forward poured in 14 points in the front
12 minutes, going 4-of-6 from the hardwood and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Utah kept pace on the scoreboard, even though foul trouble put Boozer on the
bench less than two minutes into the contest. He was replaced by Paul Millsap,
who was a non-factor in the offense, scoring just two points in the first.
The Jazz forged ahead in the second stanza, taking a 47-44 lead on Williams’
trey at 5:10. Bosh followed with a layup for Toronto, but Boozer came right
back with a short jumper at the other end, his 11th point of the quarter.
The see-saw battle continued on both sides until Utah opened a five-point
margin, 55-50, with 2:04 remaining until intermission.
Bosh hit a running jumper for the Raptors to close within three, but Fisher
and Williams each followed with a shot from the charity stripe, as the Jazz
owned a 57-52 edge at halftime.
Toronto shot at a 53 percent (21-of-40) clip in the first half, while Utah hit
50 percent (20-of-43) of its shots.
Boozer’s fade away keyed a 14-5 run for the Jazz to open the third quarter.
Okur capped the spurt with a turnaround jumper, as Utah held a 71-59 lead at
The Raptors pulled within six on Calderon’s driving layup with 38 ticks
remaining, but Okur was wide open at the other end, draining a three-point
shot from well beyond the arc as the Jazz led 80-71 heading into the fourth.
A reversal of fortunes played out in the final quarter, as the suddenly hot
Raptors’ offense pulled within 90-87 with just over five minutes remaining in
Utah, however, pulled away down the stretch. Andre Kirilenko and Boozer
sandwiched a Bosh free throw with a couple of layups, while Parker fired
back with a fade away for the Raptors to make it 94-90.
Okur hit a pair from the free throw line, and Boozer again chipped in with a
layup after Bosh hit one of his own for the Raptors.
Harpring’s driving dunk opened the Utah margin to eight, 100-92, with just 51
seconds to play, while Toronto hit just one more shot from the floor before
the final buzzer.
Boozer’s 19 rebounds tied his season high. He also had 19 boards on November
1st against the Houston Rockets…Toronto is 11-7 as the host this
season…Utah won the season series 2-0. They have now won four straight
against the Raptors and 15 of the last 22 meetings between these teams…The
Raptors are 4-19 when they trail after three quarters.