Final Score: Utah 116, Brooklyn 107
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Randy Foye had 26 points in the Utah
Jazz's 116-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Al Jefferson and Mo Williams added 20 points apiece for the Jazz, who have won
four in a row on the heels of a 2-9 stretch.
"Well, we're playing better. It's great for this group of guys," said Jazz
coach Tyrone Corbin. "When we were struggling earlier, I had a feeling that we
would get out of it because the guys continued to work, they stayed together,
they focused hard."
Utah is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the Sacramento Kings on
Saturday, for the West's eighth and final playoff spot.
Brook Lopez tallied 27 points and seven rebounds, while Deron Williams totaled
21 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which has dropped three of its last
Williams' driving layup gave the Nets a 65-64 lead with 7:27 left in the
third, but the Jazz countered with a 15-4 run to seize control of the contest.
Foye hit four 3-pointers during the surge, which vaulted Utah to a 79-68
The Jazz took an 83-74 advantage into the final frame and their margin reached
its apex at 16 in the fourth.
Earlier, Utah took a 33-28 lead after a quarter of play before the Nets
outscored the hosts 26-19 in the second to take a 54-52 spread into the break.
"Our defense wasn't good enough," Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Their
offense had a lot to do with it. Fatigue has a little bit to do with it. Joe
Johnson not being here has a little bit to do with it."
Johnson missed his fourth straight game because of a right quad contusion.
Marvin Williams had 14 points and six rebounds for Utah, while C.J. Watson
registered 22 points off the bench for Brooklyn ... Reggie Evans snatched 16
rebounds for the Nets.
03/31 01:34:54 ET
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