Carlos Boozer's 31 points help Jazz beat Grizzlies 118-94

Carlos Boozer's 31 points help Jazz beat Grizzlies 118-94

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Carlos Boozer scored 31 points and Deron Williams had 20 points and 13 assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the sloppy Memphis Grizzlies 118-94 Saturday night.

Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to fall just shy of his third career triple-double as the Jazz won their third game in a row.

Down by 25, the Grizzlies used a small lineup sparked by Michael Conley's slashing drives to make it 100-87 on Casey Jacobsen's 3-pointer with 5:39 remaining.

But the Jazz responded with 10 straight points, including two layups off steals, to put the game away. Gordan Giricek, who had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, scored on a fast break to put Utah ahead, 110-87.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 18 points and Pau Gasol had 11 but the Grizzlies could not overcome Utah's precision offense and 25 turnovers which led to 24 Jazz points. In reserve roles, Conley had 10 points and nine assists and Juan Carlos Navarro added 10 points.

Utah had 34 assists.

The Grizzlies made 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to end the third quarter. Brian Cardinal's deep shot at the buzzer trimmed the Jazz advantage to 89-71.

But the Grizzlies had three turnovers in the first three minutes of the final period and the Jazz scored seven straight points, capped by Giricek's steal and layup to make it 96-71 for Utah.

The game was the third in four nights on this road trip for the Grizzlies, who have won just once this season in five contests.

Notes:@ Utah's Matt Harpring missed the game because of soreness of his right knee, which was surgically repaired during the off-season. He is probable for Monday's game against Sacramento. ... Boozer failed to reach 10 rebounds for the first time this season. ... The Jazz were whistled for two separate delay-of-game warnings within 30 seconds of each other, resulting in a technical foul with 6:01 to play. ... Tarence Kinsey and Hakim Warrick were inactive for Memphis.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-11-10-07 2148MST

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