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NBA: Utah Jazz roll to 131-99 win over Toronto Raptors

Published December 8, 2012 3:21 pm

Eight Utah players score in double figures in easy win.
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The Utah Jazz have found some frustrating ways to lose this season.

On Friday night, they discovered a way to win.

Paul Millsap finished with 20 points — one of eight Jazz players to reach double figures — and Utah overcame a slow start to score a 131-99 victory over Toronto at EnergySolutions Arena.

Playing without injured big men Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors, the Jazz responded with a balanced and spirited effort — especially over the final three quarters.

Utah's defense limited the Raptors to 40 percent shooting, and the Jazz buried Toronto under a barrage of 3-pointers. They finished 13 for 23 from behind the 3-point line, only two shy of a team record.

"Some really pretty basketball," said coach Tyrone Corbin. "... I think the guys had a good time playing tonight."

It's been more than four years since Utah last had eight players score at least 10 points in a game.

In his first career start, Enes Kanter replaced Jefferson and contributed 18 points and eight rebounds in a season-high 35 minutes.

Seldom-used Jeremy Evans added 10 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes — only 19 less than he played in Utah's first 20 games.

"These guys have been tremendous all year about being ready to play," Corbin said. "They work their tails off every day — coming to practice and getting ready for the opportunity. And you saw tonight: guys got extended minutes and they responded well."

The Jazz struggled through a foul-plagued first quarter, trailing 25-15 at one point.

"It always throws up a red flag when it happens," said Paul Millsap. "But we were able to stick with it."

The Jazz used a huge second quarter — fueled by a lineup without a player over 6-foot-8 — to get back on track.

Mo Williams and Gordon Hayward were the guards while DeMarre Carroll and Marvin Williams joined Millsap in a mini-frontcourt.

Utah outscored Toronto, 38-23. During a devastating 24-9 run, the Jazz buried 3-point shots on four of five possessions.

"We had to pick the tempo up a little," Corbin said. "I thought we spaced the floor well. Then, we pushed the tempo a little more because we could run.

"Defensively I thought we did a good job because we were all aggressive. ... The backside guys did a good job of helping out."

Millsap scored eight points in the second quarter.

"We had guys flying around out there," he said. " ... We had good movement."

Carroll was another catalyst.

He energized the Jazz with six points, five rebounds, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot.

"I saw it sitting on the bench," Carroll said. "I realized we didn't have a lot of energy and I was just waiting my time. When coach called on me, I knew we didn't have enough energy. So I ran in there and did what a junkyard dog does."

Carroll credited his teammates for a five-man effort that Toronto could not match.

"We just scrapped," he said. "It's all about being scrappy. We were small but everybody helped each other. We were swinging the ball — knocking down threes. When we play like that, it's fun. Once we started playing like that, it was real fun." —

Jazz 131, Raptors 99

R The Jazz overcome a slow start Friday night and bury the struggling Toronto Raptors.

• Paul Millsap scores 20 points in 26 minutes, leading eight Utah players in double figures.

• Starting for injured Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter scores 18 points and grabs eight rebounds. Jazz 131, Raptors 99

FG FT Reb

Toronto Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Pietrus 29:50 4-7 1-2 2-4 0 1 13

Bargnani 33:27 8-15 3-4 0-8 0 2 20

Valncnas 19:58 1-2 4-4 2-4 0 5 6

Lowry 29:20 3-10 4-6 1-3 4 5 10

DeRozan 33:31 5-15 7-7 1-5 2 2 17

Johnson 19:15 4-8 2-2 3-4 0 3 10

Ross 19:24 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 4

Davis 9:37 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0

Gray 3:44 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0

Calderon 23:40 1-4 5-6 1-4 3 2 7

Lucas 12:22 4-8 0-0 1-3 1 1 9

Kleiza 5:52 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 3

Totals 240:00 33-82 26-31 12-41 13 28 99

Percentages: FG .402, FT .839. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Pietrus 4-5, Bargnani 1-3, Kleiza 1-3, Lucas 1-3, Calderon 0-2, DeRozan 0-2, Ross 0-2, Lowry 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 15 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Pietrus 3, Bargnani 2, Ross 2). Turnovers: 15 (Bargnani 3, Pietrus 3, DeRozan 2, Gray 2, Lowry 2, Valanciunas 2, Calderon). Steals: 5 (Calderon, Johnson, Lowry, Lucas, Pietrus). Technical Fouls: Lowry, 8:20 third.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

MaWlms 27:34 5-10 1-1 1-4 0 2 14

Millsap 26:05 7-16 6-10 3-10 5 2 20

Kanter 34:33 7-16 4-5 4-8 0 3 18

MoWlms 24:29 4-7 1-1 2-4 10 2 11

Foye 23:03 5-11 0-0 0-2 2 2 13

Evans 23:02 2-2 6-8 1-5 1 4 10

Hayward 22:34 4-10 8-8 0-3 3 1 17

Tinsley 15:38 2-5 0-0 1-3 4 4 5

Carroll 27:17 4-6 0-0 2-8 2 3 11

Watson 7:53 2-3 2-2 0-3 4 2 6

Burks 7:53 3-5 0-0 1-1 0 1 6

Totals 240:01 45-91 28-35 15-51 31 26 131

Percentages: FG .495, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 13-23, .565 (Carroll 3-3, Ma.Williams 3-5, Foye 3-6, M. Williams 2-4, Hayward 1-2, Tinsley 1-2, Burks 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 11 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Foye 3, Carroll 2, Evans, Kanter, Watson). Turnovers: 11 (Tinsley 2, M. Williams 2, Carroll, Evans, Foye, Hayward, Kanter, Millsap, Watson). Steals: 10 (Millsap 3, Tinsley 3, Burks, Carroll, Hayward, Ma.Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

Toronto 29 23 24 23 — 99

Utah 25 38 32 36 — 131

Attendance • 18,069

Time • 2:11.

Officials • Bennie Adams, Leon Wood, Scott Twardoski.