Final: Utah Jazz 105, New Jersey Nets 84
Published: March 26, 2012 06:05PM
Updated: March 27, 2012 07:21AM
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New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (8) shoots against Utah Jazz's Devin Harris in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Newark, N.J. • Paul Millsap’s game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 13 rebounds led the Jazz to a 105-84 victory against the Nets on Monday at Prudential Center.

Gerald Green’s team-high 20 points topped New Jersey.

Ex-Utah guard Deron Williams recorded 17 points but was just 7 of 21 from the field for the Nets (16-35).

Williams is a combined 10 of 36 with 10 turnovers this season during two games against his former team.

The Jazz’s (27-23) victory came one night after a 139-133 four-overtime loss to Atlanta.

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS

The First: Nets 17, Jazz 15

Utah looks sluggish but New Jersey is even worse. The Jazz pull ahead, 11-3, before reserve Gerald Green guides the Nets on a 11-4 run. Green finishes the period with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

The Second: Jazz 49, Nets 32

Reserves Alec Burks and Derrick Favors pick the Jazz up, and Utah sprints out on a 12-2 run. The Jazz’s lead swells to 44-26 before New Jersey wakes up again. Utah outscores Nets 34-15.

The Third: Jazz 72, Nets 65

Utah storms out of the break, pushing its lead to 22. But Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace finally start playing up to their potential, and New Jersey goes on a 33-16 run.

The Fourth: Jazz 105, Nets 84

An 11-foot jumper by Williams pulls New Jersey within 72-69. Utah responds by digging in, with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Devin Harris reigniting the Jazz.

- Brian T. Smith

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