Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 2/19

Game 1: Friday, February 19th
Jazz100Final
Warriors89
Game 2: Wednesday, March 31st
Warriors104Final
Jazz128
Game 3: Tuesday, April 13th
Jazz103Final
Warriors94

Warriors 104

(21-53, 5-31 away)

Jazz 128

(50-26, 31-8 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    10:00 PM ET, March 31, 2010

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 26 23 29 26104
    UTAH 40 36 30 22128

    Top Performers

    Golden State: A. Morrow 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Utah: C. Boozer 25 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Jazz rout Warriors to maintain No. 3 spot in West

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Finding themselves in the thick of a muddled Western Conference playoff race, the Utah Jazz did what they were supposed to do Wednesday night.

    Utah delivered an emphatic 128-104 drubbing of the struggling Golden State Warriors to remain a half-game behind Dallas for the No. 2 seed in the West.

    Fast Facts

    • Deron Williams (8 points, 19 assists) set a season-high for assists as the Jazz won for the eighth time in their last 10 games overall. In addition, Carlos Boozer (25 points, 13 rebounds) recorded his 51st double-double, helping the Jazz to their ninth straight home win.

    • The Jazz posted a plus-22 rebound margin, while also shooting 52.9 percent in comparison to the Warriors' 36.0 percent mark.

    • The Warriors have lost 14 of their last 15 road games and dropped to 2-7 in their last nine vs. the Jazz.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Kyle Korver added a season-high 21 points and Deron Williams had a season-best 19 assists for the Jazz, who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver atop the Northwest Division.

    Only two games separate the four teams -- Dallas, Phoenix, Denver and Utah -- chasing the Los Angeles Lakers for home-court advantage in the conference playoffs.

    The Jazz face the defending champion Lakers on Friday.

    "Every game is a huge game for us," said Boozer, who scored 15 points in the first quarter as the Jazz set a season high with 76 points by halftime. "We're trying to continue to move us as long as we can.

    "We've got to take care of us. We can't really worry about everybody else."

    Corey Maggette scored 22 points and Anthony Morrow added 21 for Golden State, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

    "I think Utah is probably as good as anybody in the West that we have seen," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "They put the screws to us in the first quarter and just added to it. That's what good teams are supposed to do."

    The Jazz led by as many as 31 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range (8 for 19) as they improved to 31-8 at home.

    Williams scored only eight points -- just the seventh time this season the All-Star point guard failed to score in double figures -- but the playmaker helped the Jazz finish with 37 assists on their 46 field goals.

    "I couldn't throw it in the ocean tonight, so I decided to pass," said Williams, who was two assists shy of his career best. "We're playing with a lot of confidence right now."

    Paul Millsap scored 19 points and Mehmet Okur and Wesley Matthews each added 18 points for Utah.

    The Warriors made just 4 of 26 from 3-point range (15 percent) and shot 36 percent from the field.

    Now, Utah turns its sights on the conference's top team.

    "It's going to be a good test to see where we're at winding down at the end of the season," Matthews said. "We've got to keep it going."

    Game notes


    Golden State used its 45th different starting lineup and dressed just eight players. ... Utah has now won at least 50 games in three of the past four seasons. ... Golden State fell to 15-60 all-time on the road against the Jazz. The Warriors have lost six games this season by 20 or more points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    UTAH
    Points 104 128
    FGM-FGA 32-89 (.360) 46-87 (.529)
    3PM-3PA 4-26 (.154) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 36-42 (.857) 28-38 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-35 14-57
    Assists 13 37
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 17 30
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 31 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 33

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Utah
    Anthony Morrow Morrow
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 25
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0