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Boozer, Williams have double-doubles, Jazz top NJ



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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a strong start to a five-game road stretch, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams delivered a nasty one-two blow to the 2-24 Nets, leading the Jazz to a 108-92 victory in New Jersey.

Boozer and Williams, the tandem duo of the night, both had double- doubles in Utah's fourth road win of the season. Boozer ended with 26 points and snagged his tenth rebound just before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter, while Williams tallied up 20 points with 14 assists.

The 15-10 Jazz are at a perfect 8-0 this season when both Boozer and Williams score over 20 points, with this particular performance keeping Utah from bettering the worst record in the league.

Things looked a little cloudy in the first quarter of the game, as Utah clung to a slim two-point lead at the end of the first 12 minutes. Boozer led the Jazz in scoring with 10 points in the first, but was held to just four in the second quarter.

Midway through the second, the Jazz finally let loose on the Nets and ended the half up 11, holding New Jersey to 17 second quarter points.

"We started off a little slow in that first half; couldn't really break free," Williams said. "I thought we came out and played a lot better defensively, forced some turnovers, executed better and just got better looks (after the break)."

Trying to rebound from their two-point loss to the Timberwolves, Boozer said the solid performance on the road was fueled by the confidence they needed to have.

"We had swagger tonight," Boozer said in an interview on FSN. "Everybody played with confidence."

After Williams received the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week award Monday, Utah became the only team in the league with two players having earned the award so far in the 2009-2010 season, and did so consecutively, with Boozer receiving the award the week prior to Williams.

The Jazz will continue their road trip Friday as they head to Atlanta to take on the 18-6 Hawks.

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