NBA Game Summary - Utah at Golden State
(Tuesday, October 30th)
Final Score: Utah 117, Golden State 96
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer posted 32 points and 15 rebounds while Deron Williams netted 24 points with eight assists, as the Utah Jazz helped open the 2007-08 NBA season with a 117-96 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Ronnie Brewer poured in 18 points for Utah, which returned to the court following a loss to eventual champion San Antonio in the Western Conference final last season. The Jazz, who improved to 16-18 in season-opening games, made 5-of-11 shots from three-point range and used an 18-3 run in the second quarter to win only the second road opener in franchise history.
Paul Millsap added 16 points and Andrei Kirilenko contributed nine points and 10 boards in the win.
"We played a lot better than I anticipated," said Utah head coach Jerry Sloan. "A lot of guys played really well."
Baron Davis finished with 25 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who returned to the postseason this past spring for the first time since 1994 and shocked the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the opening round before the Jazz eliminated them in five games in the conference semifinal round.
Monta Ellis and Mickael Pietrus both netted 17 points and Al Harrington added 10 points in the losing effort. Harrington began his first full campaign with Golden State after he was acquired by the club midway through last season as part of a major, multi-player trade with Indiana.
Following a tight opening quarter after which the Warriors led 30-28, the Jazz took control of the game with a dominant second quarter. The visitors used an 18-3 run that spanned the first six-plus minutes of the stanza to build their sizeable lead.
"We played one good quarter and that was the end for us," said Golden State coach Don Nelson.
After two free throws from both C.J. Miles and Williams, cold shooting by Golden State led to a string of consecutive Utah baskets. With just over 10 minutes to play before halftime, a Williams layup, a Millsap dunk, a three- point play by Williams and a three-pointer by Gordan Giricek all helped the Jazz to a 46-33 lead with 6:10 remaining. Boozer capped the uprising with a pair of free throws.
Later in the period, consecutive layups through the lane by Brewer and Boozer and an ensuing hook shot from in close by Boozer helped create a 58-41 lead for the Jazz, who took a 62-51 advantage into the break.
"Boozer is one of the best players in the league, bar none," Nelson added.
The Jazz continued to stay in front by a comfortable margin as the third quarter wore on. After the Warriors drew within 10 at 74-64 courtesy of a Pietrus layup and foul shot, the Jazz responded with a quick six points to rebuild the lead. Four of those points were scored by Brewer and the other two on a nice turnaround fadeaway jumper by Boozer.
Utah leaned on its lead throughout the fourth quarter and the Warriors never seriously threatened the rest of the way as the Jazz cruised to the 21-point victory.
The Jazz are now 2-10 in franchise history when they begin the season on the road. The other victory occurred in the 1991-92 opener at Minnesota...This marked the second time that these teams have opened a season against each other (1992-93)...Golden State, which opened at home for the sixth straight season, fell to 7-15 in the last 22 home openers and is 22-24 overall in season-opening games on its home court...Golden State will now embark on a two-game road trip to face the Clippers on Friday and a rematch with Utah on Saturday...Utah returns home to host Yao Ming and the Rockets on Thursday...Both head coaches are among the top three on the all-time active wins list...Attendance was 19,832.
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