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Williams, Jazz roll to easy win over Raptors

Williams, Jazz roll to easy win over Raptors

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Deron Williams came within two rebounds of a triple-double, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap dominated inside, and the Utah Jazz rolled to a huge early lead en route to a 125-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

After giving up the first basket, Utah (2-2) scored the next 17 points, then went on another 8-0 tear en route to a 41-22 first-quarter lead.

Williams finished with 22 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. Jefferson led the Jazz with 27 points and Millsap added 21 in Utah's 11th straight victory over Toronto.

It all started with Williams, the All-star guard. When he wasn't running the fast break, he was feeding teammates inside.

After one quarter, Williams had 14 points and five assists. By halftime he had nine assists as the Jazz pushed their lead to 66-47.

Toronto, which was coming off an embarrassing meltdown Monday night at Golden State, tried to make a game of it in the third quarter. The Raptors pulled within a point behind the scoring of Andrea Bargnani (26 points), Jarrett Jack (14) and DeMar DeRozan (16)

But C.J. Miles (19 points) came off the bench and hit five 3-pointers to end any Toronto hopes.

Utah had two days' rest after winning at Oklahoma City for its first victory of the season. The Jazz looked like the team they were that night, not the one that lost its first two games by a combined 38 points.

The Jazz had six players in double figures, with Ronnie Price adding 11 and Andrei Kirilenko scoring 10. Utah had a 64-46 advantage on points in the paint.

Sonny Weems came off the Toronto bench to score 23 points.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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