NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Utah
(Wednesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Utah 110, Philadelphia 107
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the Utah Jazz held off the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-107.
The game came less than a week after a trade between the two clubs. The 76ers acquired disgruntled guard Gordan Giricek and a first-round pick from Utah on December 29 in exchange for sharp-shooting guard Kyle Korver.
Neither player saw much time, although Korver did score 14 in a little more than 11 minutes. He also made some crucial free throws down the stretch as Utah held on to win its second in a row after dropping two straight.
Mehmet Okur scored 20 points for the Jazz, and Deron Williams had 15 points and a season-high 20 assists.
"It's good to win two in a row and it's good to have a couple of games here that we have finished down the stretch well enough to win the ballgame," said Boozer.
Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped two of three. Andre Miller had 25 points and eight assists for Philadelphia, and Samuel Dalembert had 20 points and 10 boards. Lou Williams scored 17 points off the bench for Philadelphia.
A Williams layup pushed the Jazz ahead 101-91 with 4:02 left, but the Sixers came charging back with an 8-0 run. Two Miller free throws cut the deficit to 101-99 with 1:31 remaining. Boozer answered with consecutive jumpers to keep Utah ahead by two despite a Lou Williams jumper.
Korver sank five free throws in the final 26.1 seconds to keep the Jazz on top. Williams dropped in a driving layup with nine seconds left that pulled Philly within 108-105, but Korver made both free throws with 7.7 seconds left to push the lead back to five points.
Dalembert sank a hook shot at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late for the Sixers.
"We had a chance to win. We gave ourselves a chance by defending towards the end and making some shots towards the end," said Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks. "I thought we played a hard-played game and unfortunately for us we didn't make the shots at the end."
The Jazz led 53-47 at the half. Utah pushed its lead into double-figures in the third quarter, but an Iguodala three at the buzzer cut the lead to 78-71 entering the fourth quarter.
The Jazz made 7-of-10 three-pointers...The Sixers made only 22-of-31 free throws...Philadelphia outrebounded Utah, 40-26.
01/03 01:32:18 ET