Jazz roll past Warriors, close in on Nuggets

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 points and the Utah Jazz extended their longest road winning streak in eight years with a 100-89 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

C.J. Miles added 16 points and Deron Williams had nine points and 11 assists for the Jazz, who won for the 16th time in 18 games and moved within a half-game of first-place Denver in the Northwest Division.

Utah's six-game winning streak on the road is its longest since winning six straight from Feb. 12-20, 2002. The Jazz, who own the NBA's best record at home the past four seasons, were only 12-12 on the road this season before their blowout win over the Warriors.

C.J. Watson had 22 points and Corey Maggette added 14 for Golden State, which scored a season-low 10 points in the second quarter. The Warriors struggled most of the night offensively in Monta Ellis' return to the lineup following a three-game absence.

This one was over before halftime.

The Jazz scored the first 17 points in the second quarter and led 45-31 before Watson's 19-foot baseline jumper finally ended the Warriors' scoring drought. Utah made eight of its first nine shots in the period, while Golden State missed 11 of its first 12.

Following Watson's basket, the Jazz went on an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 56-33 and silence the Oracle Arena crowd.

Utah pushed its lead to 27 midway through the third quarter then coasted the rest of the way, though not before a late scare.

Watson scored eight points as part of an 18-2 run late in the fourth and Golden State trimmed a 26-point deficit to 95-85 on Anthony Tolliver's free throw with 2:44 left to play. But Kirilenko sank a pair of free throws and Paul Millsap added a basket to stop the comeback attempt.

Ellis returned to the Warriors' lineup after sitting out three games with a mild left knee sprain.

The NBA's fifth-leading scorer at 26.2 points a game, Ellis had not played since injuring himself late in the fourth quarter against Dallas on Feb. 8. He was examined Tuesday in Alabama by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the original diagnosis of a mild left knee sprain.

The layoff clearly hurt Ellis, second in the league in minutes played. He made just two of 14 shots from the floor and finished with six points and six assists.

No one did much for Golden State, which was coming off a 32-point win over Sacramento on Wednesday. The Warriors shot 37.2 percent as a team and were held to their fewest points since being held to 89 by Portland on Jan. 2.

Utah played without starting center Mehmet Okur, who returned to Salt Lake City on Thursday to be with his wife for the birth of their first son. Millsap started in place of Okur and had seven points and seven rebounds.

NOTES: G Raja Bell made a rare appearance in the Warriors' locker room and said he's still hopeful of playing this season. Bell, who underwent left wrist surgery on Dec. 3, is expected to stay in the Bay Area during the remainder of his rehab. ... The Jazz have given up 100 points or more just four times in 18 games since Jan. 9.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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