Okur Leads Jazz In Rout Of Nets

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the bumbling New Jersey Nets 116-83 on Saturday night, keeping the Nets winless against the Western Conference.

Carlos Boozer had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer added 15 points for Utah. The Jazz have won five of six and are seven games above .500 for the first time this season at 25-18.

Utah shot 67 percent in the first half and easily held off the Nets, who lost their 11th straight and fell to 1-23 on the road and 3-40 overall.

Brook Lopez had 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks, and Yi Jianlian scored 16 points for New Jersey.

New Jersey, 0-18 against the Western Conference, were without point guard Devin Harris, who sprained his right wrist the night before in a blowout loss at Golden State. New Jersey went 0-4 on a Western tour, losing by an average of 22 points.

Deron Williams had eight assists, and Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 points before sitting out the fourth quarter with the other Jazz starters, who got to rest up for a big game Monday at home against Phoenix.

Paul Millsap added 20 points for Utah.

The Jazz scored 16 straight during a 21-3 run early and were 12 for 14 from the field in the first period, taking a 19 point lead and never letting the Nets get within single digits again.

The game was enough of a laugher that the fans started doing the wave to keep themselves entertained as Utah took a 94-63 lead into the fourth quarter. A Nets fan who kept trying to get in the camera shot between periods lost his hat when the Jazz mascot grabbed it, tied it to a balloon bouquet and let it fly to the rafters.

The Bear’s steal got one of the loudest cheers of the night, which was topped when rookie Sundiata Gaines entered the game as a sub in the fourth quarter. Jazz fans are still thankful for Gaines’ 3-pointer at the buzzer that beat the Cavaliers on Jan. 14.

The weary Nets went scoreless in the third quarter until Lopez’s hook shot with 9:20 left cut Utah’s lead to 68-44 and ended an 8-0 run for the Jazz.

The Jazz did some showboating to keep themselves and the fans engaged. Williams fired a low bounce pass from the top of the key to the baseline, where Brewer flipped it to Kirilenko for a dunk on a three-point play. A few minutes later, Williams leaped through the lane and dropped a no-look pass to Boozer for a dunk that put Utah up 89-54.

NOTES: Utah’s shooting tailed off late in the second quarter, but the Jazz were still 23 for 35 in the first half. … The Jazz won the season series against the Nets for the first time since 2002-03. … Boozer was one rebound short of his 29th double-double. … The 33-point loss was one point more than the Nets’ on Friday at Golden State.

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