Millsap leads Jazz past Raptors

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Paul Millsap had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double and added a career-high seven assists in the Utah Jazz's 114-87 victory over Toronto on Friday night in interim coach Jay Triano's Raptors debut.

Mehmet Okur led Utah with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

Matt Harpring had 14 points and seven rebounds in his first game after missing five because of a back injury, and Deron Williams had 14 points and five assists to help the Jazz beat the Raptors for the seventh straight time.

Chris Bosh had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, playing its first game since coach Sam Mitchell was fired Wednesday, a day after a 132-93 loss at Denver.

Toronto didn't fare any better under Triano, the first Canadian head coach in NBA history. The Raptors committed 23 turnovers and were outrebounded 52-38, including just three offensive rebounds and lost their third straight.

The Jazz outscored the Raptors in all four quarters and got an obvious lift from the return of Harpring and Andrei Kirilenko, who had missed two games with an ankle injury. The Jazz were still without leading scorer and rebounder Carlos Boozer (thigh) for the ninth straight game, but Millsap has done well during the All-Star's recovery.

Millsap has had a double-double in every game since scoring 21 and grabbing 10 boards against Chicago on Nov. 24.

After falling behind 6-0, the Jazz pulled away with a 17-0 run and led 33-23 entering the second period.

Utah led 64-48 at halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer by C.J. Miles, a putback by Paul Millsap and a jumper by Okur for a 71-48 lead. Toronto didn't score in the period until Bosh tipped in a rebound with 9:41 to remaining. Miles ended the period with a left-handed, underhand layup while crossing the lane and the Jazz led 91-67 after three.

Notes:@ Millsap's previous high for assists was five. ... Millsap had only three career starts entering the season. ... Kirilenko had six of Utah's 31 assists. ... The Raptors shot 23.5 percent (4-for-17) on 3-pointers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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