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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ronnie Brewer scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and the injury-riddled Utah Jazz rallied from a sluggish start to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 105-86 on Monday night.

Mehmet Okur scored 22 despite being in foul trouble most of the night. Paul Millsap scored 14 and Ronnie Price added 12 points in place of Deron Williams, the latest Utah player to be sidelined with an injury. Williams was out with a contusion above his right knee, joining forwards Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and Carlos Boozer (knee) on the inactive list.

Raymond Felton had 16 points and nine assists to lead the Bobcats, who lost their third straight and went 1-4 on a five-game road trip. They also had 24 turnovers, leading to 32 points for the Jazz.

Emeka Okafor added 15 points and seven rebounds, but scored only three after the first quarter as Charlotte couldn't keep up its starting pace. The Bobcats led by as much as eight in the second quarter, then wilted in the third period while being outscored 27-19.

Brewer scored Utah's first 10 points of the period, starting with a three-point play and finishing with a 3-pointer that put the Jazz up 59-58.

The Jazz went 10-for-17 in the third quarter and outscored the Bobcats 10-2 in the paint, holding Okafor to one point. Okafor was 5-for-5 in the first half, but missed all four of his shots of the period as Charlotte went 6-for-18 from the floor.

Utah continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Charlotte 29-16 as Boozer and Williams cheered on from the bench.

Jarron Collins, playing in just his 12th game of the season, added six points. Matt Harpring scored 10 and Kyle Korver had nine points and eight rebounds for the Jazz reserves.

Former Jazz G Raja Bell scored 12, Boris Diaw had 10 points and Juwan Howard scored 12 for the Bobcats.

Notes: The Bobcats were 11-for-16 in the first quarter and led 25-19 entering the second. Okafor had 12 points in the period. ... Three Jazz starters had four fouls before the fourth quarter. ... Collins had just two field goals this season before making three Monday night. ... Brevin Knight had seven assists for Utah.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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