NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Utah
(Tuesday, February 17th)
Final Score: Utah 117, Memphis 99
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - C.J. Miles scored a game-best 24 points, Deron Williams added 20 and Utah welcomed Andrei Kirilenko back to the lineup in a 117-99 rout of Memphis.
Kirilenko, who missed 11 games after undergoing ankle surgery, played 17 1/2 high-energy minutes with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Ronnie Brewer chipped in with 19 points and Williams added 15 assists to his point total. Paul Millsap tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
"He (Kirilenko) made a big steal and then on the other end had a big basket and then blocked a couple of shots. That was something that we missed with him," Utah head coach Jerry Sloan said of Kirilenko.
Utah won its ninth consecutive game against Memphis and improved to an impressive 22-6 at home this season. It will conclude a five-game homestand against Boston, New Orleans and Atlanta.
Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo each totaled 18 points, Darko Milicic notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Conley donated 13 points for the Grizzlies, who dropped to 3-20 away from home on the campaign.
"I thought we played well for three quarters. We came out in the second half and made some good plays defensively, got them out of their offense a little bit," said Conley.
The two teams shifted control back and forth during the first half, as Utah opened a 33-25 lead after 12 minutes only to see it whittle way to a 56-56 deadlock at the half.
However, whatever momentum the Grizzlies built up in the second quarter was erased quickly in the second half.
A slim 77-76 Utah edge quickly turned into 86-76 after nine straight points. Williams tallied the first four points and Millsap's conventional three-point play capped the stretch. Utah took an 88-80 advantage into the final period.
Conley's three-point play early in the quarter trimmed the deficit to 90-86, but Utah again went on a massive spurt, tallying 11 straight points to take control. Kirilenko donated two buckets during the game-deciding run, and Miles' tip opened a 103-88 game.
Utah rolled to victory from there.
The Jazz made 48.8 percent of their shots, compared to 46.7 percent for the Grizzlies...Memphis turned the basketball over 19 times...Kirilenko had three steals.
02/18 01:32:17 ET