NBA Game Summary - Utah at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 17th)
Final Score: Utah 103, New Jersey 92
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur scored 23 points and brought down nine rebounds as the Utah Jazz shook off an ugly start to post a 103-92 win over the New Jersey Nets at the IZOD Center.
Deron Williams notched 17 points and 11 assists for the Jazz, who trailed by 20 following a horrific seven-point first quarter but bounced back to snap a two-game slide and win for the first time since March 2, 2003 in New Jersey.
"It's frustrating to see us come out and not compete. It didn't look like there was any concern on whether we won the game -- like guys were just there to collect stats and go home," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said of the team's early efforts.
Utah is now 1-1 on its five-game road trip and will also face Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee on its trip. Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver chipped in with 18 points apiece with Millsap bringing down 12 rebounds and Korver nine.
Vince Carter dropped a game-high 32 points and Devin Harris netted 21 with 11 assists for New Jersey, which lost for the fourth time in five games to kick off a four-game homestand. The Nets are just 4-8 at the IZOD Center and will also face Dallas, Miami and Houston on their residency.
"We expected them to make a run to get back in it. Our goal was to be ready for their push," Carter said. "We'll have to look at film and be better."
Trailing by six entering the final quarter, consecutive buckets from Millsap, Williams and then Ronnie Price gave Utah its first lead of the game, 77-76, with 7:17 to play. New Jersey went back on top but an 11-0 Jazz spurt allowed for an eight-point lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
An Okur turnaround bank-shot made it a 91-82 affair just outside two minutes remaining and the Jazz went a perfect 12-for-12 from the line to cap an amazing comeback.
The Jazz hit an awfully sour note in the first quarter as New Jersey raced out to a 27-7 lead after 12 minutes of play. A Harris jumper in the early stages of the second kept the lead at 20 but Utah was able to put together a 12-3 surge -- surpassing its point total to start the run. They got to within eight at the break, taking advantage of a cold stretch from the Nets and finished off with the frame's final six points.
The Jazz ended up a woeful 12-for-42 (28.6 percent) from the field in the first half.
The teams came out firing in the third and a Korver three had Utah within one at the 7:15 mark and Okur's triple the quarter's midway point kept it close at 54-51. Carter, though, finished off the quarter with six straight New Jersey points for a 69-63 lead.
New Jersey routed Utah, 105-88, in Salt Lake City on November 29 and had won two straight in the series. The Nets have still won four of the last six overall against the Jazz...Brook Lopez had 15 points and seven rebounds for New Jersey...Utah's Andrei Kirilenko logged 10 points and four blocks...The seven points allowed by New Jersey in the first quarter was an all-time low for an opponent...The Jazz had previously scored five points in a quarter...Sloan was ejected for the first time this season...The Nets are the only team in the NBA with a winning record on the road and a losing mark at home.
12/17 23:17:29 ET