Boozer, Jazz push aside BobcatsFeb 25, 2010 - 5:34 AM
Turn the game inside out. Get the ball to Carlos Boozer.
That approach - feeding Boozer in the post instead of settling for outside jump shots - did the trick as Utah rallied for a 102-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
"Once we adjusted at halftime ... we kept going inside, which opened up our 3-point shooting later on," said Boozer, who scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half. "We got aggressive. I felt like I had an advantage and told Willie (Deron Williams) to keep coming to me."
Utah trailed by 11 points at halftime, but outscored Charlotte 31-16 in the third quarter. The Jazz put the game away with a 17-7 spurt that blew open a two-point game midway through the fourth quarter.
"We got stops and got out on the break, we got the crowd into it and just kind of kept it rolling from there," said Jazz guard Kyle Korver, who had 18 points, including two 3-pointers during the fourth-quarter run. "In the first half, we just weren't getting any stops and didn't have any teeth in anything that we were doing."
Gerald Wallace scored 27 points for Charlotte, and Tyrus Thomas had 20 - the most in his four games since being acquired in a trade with Chicago.
"It seemed like everything went their way," said Wallace, who had 18 points in the first half. "We kind of laid back and let them do whatever they wanted to do, offensively and defensively."
Charlotte coach Larry Brown was ejected with 3:44 remaining after receiving two technical fouls for arguing after a foul call.
Deron William had 20 points and 12 assists for Utah, which pulled to within a half-game of Northwest Division-leading Denver. The Jazz are 23-8 at home.
The Jazz held Charlotte to just 5 of 18 shooting in the third quarter.
"In the second half we tightened up on them a bit and they didn't get the same looks," Williams said.
Utah has won 14 of its last 16 games to move within a half-game of Northwest Division-leading Denver. Boozer, who had 16 rebounds, is averaging 17.5 rebounds in the four games since the trade deadline.
Charlotte's Steven Jackson shook off a 1-for-16 shooting effort the previous night to score 16 points.
NOTES: Utah swept the season series for the first time in Charlotte's six seasons. ... Charlotte is 0-3 on its four-game trip and 7-22 overall on the road this season. ... Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko missed his second straight game because of back spasms. ... Charlotte was without Tyson Chandler (left foot) and Nazr Mohammed (back spasms).
UTAH 102 FINAL
Feb 24 11:26 PM
UTAH 73 END, 3RD QTR
Feb 24 10:51 PM
HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
--- --- --- --- -----
CHARLOTTE 31 22 53
UTAH 28 14 42 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
CHA - GERALD WALLACE 18, STEPHEN JACKSON 15,
TYRUS THOMAS 7
UTH - CARLOS BOOZER 13, DERON WILLIAMS 9, TWO
PLAYERS WITH 5
Feb 24 10:09 PM
UTAH 28 END, 1ST QTR
Feb 24 9:37 PM
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