Maynor, Jazz hold off Raptors 104-91

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rookie Eric Maynor scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Utah Jazz hang on for a 104-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Jazz let an 18-point lead slip to one early in the fourth before pulling away for their ninth straight win over the Raptors.

Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 18 rebounds and Deron Williams added 20 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who had only nine players available because of injuries.

Chris Bosh scored 32 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the Raptors, who lost their third straight and went 1-3 on a four-game Western Conference road trip.


Williams was back after missing two games for family reasons. The Jazz were without center Mehmet Okur (flu symptoms) and guard Ronnie Price (toe), leaving the backup point guard duties to Maynor, Utah's first-round pick out of Virginia Commonwealth.

Maynor and Williams played much of the fourth together and helped keep the Jazz from blowing a game they had led by 18 in the first half.

Maynor finished 5 for 11 and had six assists. Andrei Kirilenko had 20 points, seven rebounds three steals and two blocks, and Paul Millsap added 10 points and six rebounds for Utah.

Marco Belinelli scored 19 and Hedo Torkoglu returned for Toronto after missing a loss at Denver the night before with a sore left hip and finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

The Raptors cut Utah's lead to nine at halftime, then Toronto took advantage of Utah's poor shooting as the Jazz went 4 for 14 in the third period.

Amir Johnson started a late rally with a block on Maynor to start a break for the Raptors, which Bosh finished with a two-handed dunk off a no-look pass from Belinelli to cut Utah's lead to 76-72. Maynor scored on a layup for the Jazz, but the Raptors pushed for the final shot of the period and Belinelli hit a 3-pointer that made it 78-75 Utah entering the fourth quarter.

Belinelli added a layup to start the fourth and get the Raptors to 78-77, then the Jazz took over the game with a 17-2 run.

Maynor went 1 for 2 from the line, then Kirilenko and Boozer each added layups to give the Jazz more of a cushion at 83-77.

Kirilenko and Millsap battled each other for a defensive rebound that ended up going out of bounds, but Kirilenko made up for it after the inbounds when he ripped the ball out of Turkoglu's hands as he tried to drive the lane. Kirilenko's steal started a fast break which Maynor finished with a layup to put Utah up 89-79.

Maynor had eight points during a 12-0 run as the Jazz held the Raptors scoreless from Turkoglu's foul shots with 9:20 left until Jose Calderon hit a 3-pointer to cut Utah's lead to 95-82 with four minutes left.

NOTES: The Jazz were 16 for 26 (61.5 percent) in the first quarter, but just 1 for 3 from the foul line in the period while taking a 33-17 lead. ... Andrea Bargnani finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors. ... Bosh rallied the Raptors with eight straight points at the end of the second quarter to get Toronto to 61-52 at halftime. Bosh scored 22 in the half, hitting 8-of-11 shots and six free throws. ... Bosh scored 15 in the second quarter.

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


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