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76ers' late push not enough as Jazz close out win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Carlos Boozer is developing quite a reputation.

Despite tweaking his right ankle before halftime, he had it re-taped and scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Utah Jazz to a 106-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Ronnie Brewer added 19 points and Mehmet Okur had 16. Deron Williams had 15 points and 15 assists for the Jazz (11-5), who rebounded after a 113-109 loss at New York two nights earlier.

Boozer entered the game ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring (25.3) behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady. Boozer was 12-for-17 from the field and it was only the fourth time this season that Boozer didn't register a double-double.

"I think he's [Boozer] definitely an MVP candidate," Williams said of Boozer. "A lot of games he has put us on his back. He does everything well and he's tough."

Boozer simply said his team needed him.

"I told Paul [Millsap], 'I can't elevate so you get every rebound and I'll score," Boozer said. "I couldn't jump. I couldn't box out like I wanted to. I knew I could score."

Boozer is 44-of-62 from the field (71 percent) over the past four games.

"We're executing our offense," Boozer said. "Deron Williams is doing a great job of running the offense and getting us good shots on pick-and-rolls."

The Jazz shot 55 percent from the field and finished with 32 assists on 39 made field goals.

"We're a very confident team," Williams said. "When we execute, we'll get a lot of assists and convert easy baskets."

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 20 points while Andre Miller added 16. Lou Williams chipped in with 13 while Willie Green and Samuel Dalembert had 11 each.

It was a frustrating night for the Sixers (4-10), who picked up a win at Milwaukee 114-99 on Tuesday.

"We talked before the game about eliminating layups and they [Jazz] had 20-plus layups," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "That's something I'm trying to stop."

Utah surged ahead to a 14-point lead, 67-53, on a basket by Williams with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

Philadelphia got within five, 89-84, on a driving layup by Williams with 6:46 remaining. But the 76ers could get no closer.

The Jazz jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead, but the Sixers quickly rallied and the lead wound up changing hands six times in the first half.

Utah shot 54 percent from the field and led 49-44 at halftime.

Game notes
The Sixers haven't won consecutive games all season. ... The Jazz are in the midst of a 16-game stretch before Christmas in which 12 are on the road. ... Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was recently named the National League's Most Valuable Player, attended the game and received a loud ovation from the crowd. Rollins was presented with a Sixers jersey and then tossed mini basketballs into the stands.