Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/14

Game 1: Saturday, October 14th
Game 2: Thursday, October 26th

Pacers 96

(3-5, 1-3 away)

Jazz 122

(4-4, 2-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 26, 2006

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 26 19 31 2096
    UTAH 40 27 30 25122

    UTAH 122, INDIANA 96 

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah point guard Deron Williams, who finished his rookie season on high note, is prepared for his second NBA campaign and it shows.

    "I feel ready for the season to start -- really ready," said Williams, who had 21 points and 7 assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 122-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

    "We've made strides over the past couple of games. We're getting beat too much in transition and we need to learn to help each other more but the team has definitely come together," Williams said.

    Williams made two free throws to give the Jazz an 87-58 advantage with 4:46 left in the third quarter before sitting out the rest of the game. None of the Jazz starters played more than 23 minutes.

    Matt Harpring scored 12 points for Utah and Carlos Boozer had 10 before they both fouled out in a game in which the teams combined for 73 fouls. Andrei Kirilenko and Ronnie Brewer each added 13 points for the Jazz, who evened their exhibition record at 4-4. Rafael Araujo had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Jazz played all 14 available players and looked fresh and energized as they scored 21 fast-break points against the weary Pacers.

    "I think the Jazz ran real well on us. The fast break looked real good, they set screens and on the offense, they execute real well. I think they are on of the best in the league at doing that and (Utah coach Jerry) Sloan definitely got them running it," said Stephen Jackson, who had 19 points.

    Sloan wasn't as impressed.

    "We played a team that was tired. It was a helter-skelter game," Sloan said. "We scored points but I dont know how well we played offensively in doing the little things right. Some of our young guys still have a lot to learn."

    Al Harrington scored 24 points in 24 minutes for Indiana, which finished 3-5 in exhibition play.

    "We can't afford to play like that going into the regular season. We got to get better," Harrington said.

    The Pacers had three technical fouls in the first 7 minutes. Jeff Foster also received a flagrant foul when he slammed into Brewer late in the first quarter.

    Led by Kirilenko's nine points in the first quarter, the Jazz led 40-26 after their highest-scoring period of the exhibition season, and never trailed again.

    The lead reached 29 points in the second quarter as the Pacers committed 17 first-half turnovers that led to 21 Jazz points. The sloppy Pacers finished with 30 miscues after posting 31 turnovers in their 109-96 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday.

    "We didnt play well. The 40-point first quarter set the tone for the whole thing," said Indian coach Rick Carlisle. "We are light years away from being a good basketball team."

    On the other side of court, Williams' play may have the Jazz charted for the playoffs. Williams started the final 28 games of the 2005-06 season and finally won Sloans trust as the season waned.

    "He was playing very well at the end of last year, he came back in great shape this year, and he's been on top of everything weve been trying to do," he said.

    Derek Fisher missed the game for Utah with a bruised pelvis and Mehmet Okur was out with a sore left hip flexor, but both should return when the regular season begins next week.

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