NBA Game Summary - Utah at Toronto
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: Utah 92, Toronto 88
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the red-hot Utah Jazz edged the Toronto Raptors, 92-88, at the Air Canada Centre.
It was the eighth double-double in nine games for Boozer, though he was just 9-of-24 from the field. Deron Williams also chipped in with 22 points and dished out five assists for Utah, which won its fifth straight game despite the absence of forward Matt Harpring, who was sidelined with a flu-like virus.
It was the second time in three games that Harpring was unavailable. He also missed Saturday's game against Memphis because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Anthony Parker netted 19 points for Toronto, which had a brief two-game win streak halted. The team had a poor shooting performance overall, hitting just 38.5 percent of its shots from the floor and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Jamario Moon had a career-high 15 points, Chris Bosh finished with 14 and T.J. Ford scored 13 and had eight assists for the Raptors.
"We had a couple of looks, we got a little scattered on fast breaks, we got a couple of loose balls and we let shots slip through our hands," said Bosh. "That happens sometimes. On loose balls we need to cover ourselves. We played pretty good defense and we had a lot of contested shots. On the other hand, we've got to step it up on our open shots."
Trailing 64-59 heading to the fourth quarter, the Raptors made a game of it down the stretch. Jose Calderon's jumper cut the deficit to two, 69-67, with a little more than eight minutes remaining and they matched the Jazz nearly shot for shot, with the Utah lead never climbing above seven inside of four minutes to play.
Ford's trey then cut it to 89-88 with just 18 seconds remaining. Ford then fouled Williams, who made both of his free throws, and after Ford missed a three-point attempt at the other end, Boozer drained a free throw to seal the win.
"We will take any win," said Boozer. "It wasn't pretty, but we did a good job defensively. On offense we struggled but came out with a big victory.
"This is our game, a bunch of runs and most games come down to the last three or four minutes and that is what happened tonight. We hit our free throws and prevailed."
Toronto opened the game by scoring seven straight points, including five from Parker, who hit a three and followed by dropping a pair from the charity stripe.
The Jazz quickly pulled within two, but trailed the remainder of the stanza and faced a 22-18 deficit heading to the second.
Utah then forged ahead, outscoring the Raptors 21-14 over the next 12 minutes. Boozer accumulated all 10 of his first-half points in the final six and a half minutes, going 4-for-4 at the free throw line and also finding the net on a jump shot, reverse layup and hook shot.
The Jazz owned a 39-36 edge at the break. It was 64-59 in favor of Utah at the end of the third quarter.
The Raptors extended their NBA record of consecutive games with at least one three-point basket to 704...Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic left six minutes into the third quarter with a sprained right ankle...It was the first time in five games the Jazz failed to score more than 100 points...Utah swept both meetings with Toronto last season and has won five straight in the series...Mehmet Okur had 13 points and Ronnie Brewer scored 12 for the Jazz.
11/14 23:05:17 ET