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Boozer leads Utah over New Orleans

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY - Right from the start, Carlos Boozer saw that Utah Jazz were determined to play as a team.

"Everybody came in and was clicking. We played really good defense. It was a great team effort and it felt good to see everybody playing as well as they did," said Boozer, who scored 18 points to help the Jazz snap a three-game losing streak with a 108-92 victory over New Orleans on Saturday night.

The game plan was to attack the depleted Hornets, who were coming off a 90-82 loss Friday night at Golden State.

"One of the things the coaches talked about was just pushing it up, moving around and making sure everybody touches it," said Boozer, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School who made his first eight shots.

The Jazz shot 53 percent from the field and led by as many as 28 points after blowing the game open in the third quarter.

"We passed a lot and tonight we did a lot of assists, so it felt pretty good like a team," said Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 17 points. Matt Harpring also had 17, and Raja Bell added 16 points for Utah.

"Any time you have seven guys scoring 10 or more points, that s a big boost," Boozer said.

Bostjan Nachbar led the Hornets with a career-high 21 points, though 15 came in the fourth quarter, and Dan Dickau and Casey Jacobsen each scored 14 points. New Orleans, an NBA-worst 8-39, has lost seven in a row on the road and five straight overall.

The Jazz buried the Hornets with a 12-2 flurry at the end of the third quarter, including four points in the final 0.3 seconds.

Bell was fouled just before the buzzer and got an extra free throw because of a technical foul on Hornets coach Byron Scott. Bell made two foul shots and then missed the third, but Mehmet Okur tipped the ball in as the horn sounded to give Utah a 83-63 lead.

"I'm trying to get back on the right track where we have 12 guys playing together. Some guys have tried to play by themselves and the game doesn't look good that way," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.



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