Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Saturday, November 10th
Game 2: Saturday, February 2nd
Game 3: Saturday, March 1st

Jazz 113

(38-22, 13-19 away)

Grizzlies 92

(14-45, 10-21 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2008

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 22 31 25 35113
    MEM 28 21 19 2492

    Top Performers

    UTAH: D. Williams 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 19 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mem: H. Warrick 17 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Williams dishes out 19 dimes as Grizzlies lose eighth straight

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The recent road woes for the Utah Jazz have included losses to weak Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    The Jazz wouldn't let another cellar dweller get the best of them.

    Deron Williams had 19 assists and scored 13 points, and the Jazz sent Memphis Grizzlies to their eighth straight loss, 113-92 on Saturday night.

    "It's a road victory and road victories are hard to come by, especially this year," Williams said. "We'll take them any way we can get them."

    Utah improved its road record to 13-19, but still is the only one of the six division leaders in the NBA with a losing record away from home.

    Elias Says

    Carlos Boozer led Utah with 18 points and six of his teammates scored at least 13 points in Utah's win at Memphis. In the past 13 seasons there was only one other NBA game in which a team had as many as seven players score in the teens; Toronto did that on March 9, 2005 against Orlando.

    • Read more Elias Says

    Seven players scored in double figures for Utah, including all five starters. Carlos Boozer led Utah with 18 points, and Mehmet Okur finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kyle Korver matched Okur's 17 points, and Ronnie Brewer and Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 apiece. Paul Millsap added 14 points as the Jazz snapped a three-game road slide.

    "It was an important game to try and win," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Almost every game we play should have that kind of intensity. I know our numbers are not always as pretty as you would like them to be, but the point is trying to win."

    Rudy Gay led Memphis with 20 points. Hakim Warrick and Juan Carlos Navarro scored 17 points apiece, with Warrick grabbing 13 rebounds. Darko Milicic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    Utah held a 12-point lead early in the fourth, but Memphis used a 12-2 run to cut the margin to 82-80.

    Memphis could never overtake Utah as the Jazz answered with a 16-3 rally to put the game out of reach. Okur had eight points in the stretch, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock ran down.

    "Dagger," Williams said of the basket. "Big shot. They were making a little run, and that kind of stopped that."

    The eight straight losses is the longest skid of the season for Memphis. The Grizzlies lost the last two games in January, were 1-11 in February and with Saturday's loss, they have dropped 14 of 15.

    "For us to go through this many different types of situations, it's really going to help us for the years to come and help us grow as players," rookie point guard Mike Conley said. "Hopefully, we can learn from it and develop from it."

    Memphis started well, but the Jazz overcame an early 11-point Grizzlies lead.

    Boozer had 14 points to lead the Jazz in the first half, and Korver contributed 12, helping Utah carry a 53-49 lead at the break. Williams was engineering the Jazz offense with a dozen assists at that point. He finished one assist short of his season high and two short of his career high.

    "We finally figured out everything that they were doing," Boozer said. "We figured their zone out and Deron did a great job of getting everybody involved. Everybody did a great job of knocking down shots, and then it took off from there."

    Korver provided a spark off the bench to key a Utah rally in the second quarter, erasing the early Memphis lead with a 21-6 run to close the half.

    Brewer had 10 points in the third period and Utah continued to extend the margin, building the advantage to 78-68 entering the fourth quarter.

    "I think they out-toughed us," Gay said. "...I think we got tough too late. By the time we got tough, we were looking back, and we were down 10. When it gets tough, I think we just have to take care of the basketball and run out offense even more. I don't think we did that."

    Game notes

    Memphis was without G Mike Miller, the team's second-leading scorer, for the sixth straight game because of a sore back. Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said the earliest he expects Miller back is for Wednesday's home game against New Jersey but "that's not set in stone," Iavaroni said. ... Korver, who shoots 90 percent from the free throw line, missed two of three free throws when he was fouled outside the arc in the second quarter. ... The last time Memphis lost eight straight was when it opened the 2002-03 season 0-13. ...Utah swept the season series against Grizzlies for the first time since the move to Memphis in 2001. Utah's average winning margin of the four games was 21.3 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 92
    FGM-FGA 45-79 (.570) 32-70 (.457)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 6-24 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 22-36 (.611)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-14 9-20
    Assists 37 14
    Turnovers 16 18
    Steals 11 6
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 14 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 21 11

    Top Performers

    Deron Williams Williams
    Points: 13
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 19
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Hakim Warrick Warrick
    Points: 17
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1