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Okur, Boozer lead Jazz to 3-0 start

Nov 5, 2006 - 4:52 AM SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer are starting to look like double trouble for foes of the Utah Jazz.

Okur and Boozer registered double-doubles for the second straight game as the Jazz remained undefeated with a 106-82 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Utah (3-0) has been dominant down low, collecting double-doubles from Okur, Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko in Friday's 108-104 impressive win at Phoenix.

On Saturday, the trio combined to outscore Golden State's starting frontcourt, 42-33, despite a lackluster performance by Kirilenko.

"This is one of the best teams I've seen here since I have been coaching against Jerry (Sloan)," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "They are really ready to make some noise I think in the West, and I think you put this team right up there with any of the other ones you want to talk about."

Okur had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Boozer added 17 and 14 for Utah, which held a 50-38 advantage in points in the paint. Kirilenko had four points and four blocks.

"We are far from perfection. I would never say that," Boozer said. "We can always get better. There are definitely times when we let them back in the game. But we're making the right stops when we have to and doing enough to win the ballgames."

The Jazz led, 29-22, at the start the second quarter before extending their advantage behind a commanding 20-6 surge never looking back thereafter.

"We picked up a win, that's the most important thing," Sloan said. "We've got to try to learn how to play together better, learn how to defend better, and continue to work."

C.J. Miles scored 17 points and Matt Harpring chipped in 12 for Utah, which shot 51 percent (43-of-84) from the field.

"We're lelling together really fast. This year we're getting up and down the floor," said Miles, who made 6-of-10 shots. "We get into our offensive set real good."

Derek Fisher, who was acquired from Golden State in the offseason, scored eight points for Utah. He spent the last two seasons in the Bay area.

"It was fun," Fisher said. "No matter where you go, you still have a fondness and a closeness to guys that you played with."

Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Ike Diogu scored 12 points apiece for Golden State, which shot 38 percent (28-of-73) and surrendered 22 second-chance points.

"We stunk up the gym. They pretty much had their way with us," said Warriors guard Baron Davis, who scored just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. "We've got to find a way to become a more aggressive team and play with more energy."

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