SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz are healthy, deep and
Mehmet Okur had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Carlos Boozer
added 17 points and 14 boards to help Utah beat the Golden State
Warriors 106-82 Saturday night for its third straight victory to
open the season.
The Jazz showed no fatigue after running with the Suns in a
108-104 win at Phoenix on Friday, then flying home.
"We've got a deeper team than we've had since I've been here
and guys are ready to play," said Boozer, who posted his third
double-double of the season.
C.J. Miles scored 17 in his third career start for the Jazz.
Matt Harpring had 12 points and Derek Fisher finished with six
points and three assists against the Warriors, where he played the
last two years before the Jazz picked him up in a trade over the
Utah's added depth has done a lot more than just keep the
starters from getting tired.
"If guys aren't playing well, Coach has the luxury of bringing
in somebody else who can step in and replace them and we don't drop
off very far," Boozer said.
Golden State, which beat Portland 102-89 Friday night in
Oakland, didn't shoot well from anywhere. The Warriors missed 15 of
their 35 free throws and opened the game just 1-for-9 from the
"That's not going to get it done. We need to improve on that,"
said Mike Dunleavy, who scored 12 for Golden State. "I don't know
exactly what's going on."
"They pretty much had their way with us," said Baron Davis,
who was held to two points and six assists. "We've got to find a
way to become more aggressive team and play with more energy."
Utah outrebounded Golden State 51-34 and led comfortably for
most of the last three quarters.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan said now that he can substitute more
frequently, players seem to be listening to him a lot more.
"I think we're a little bit better in that department because I
can replace guys," Sloan said. "If they want to sit down next to
me, then take four or five bad shots and then don't run the floor
The message seems to be getting through. Dee Brown, who made his
NBA debut, was the only Utah player who didn't score and he made up
for that with five assists.
The Warriors were down seven points at the end of the first
quarter, then trailed by 19 at halftime.
Golden State closed the margin to 74-61 on a 3-pointer by
Murphy, then Okur made a turnaround jumper and back-to-back
3-pointers to start an 11-1 run. Harpring finished it with a
three-point play, making a layup in the final second and getting
fouled by Monta Ellis.
The Jazz led 85-62 entering the final period. The Warriors went
without a field goal from Murphy's 3-pointer with 2:50 left in the
third until Diogu made a layup with 9:33 left in the final period.
"I wouldn't say we're playing perfect, but we're doing what we
need to to win the games," Utah's Deron Williams said.
The Jazz opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run and led
60-41 at halftime. ... Andrei Kirilenko finished with four blocks
and three steals for Utah. ... Dunleavy and Richardson were the
only Warrior starters to play in the fourth quarter and neither
scored in the final period.