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Boozer's huge day leads Jazz to win over Pistons

Nov 25, 2007 - 11:23 PM AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Carlos Boozer scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday to lead the Utah Jazz to a 103-93 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Deron Williams added 21 points and 14 assists for Utah, which has won three straight contests and snapped the Pistons' four-game winning streak here.

Williams appeared at full strength after being bothered by a toe injury which was caused by the removal of an ingrown toenail.

And it was Boozer who benefited the most from Williams' solid play.

"There's more of this coming," Boozer said. "You could see how much quicker D was, because his toe wasn't hurting. When he and I are both at full strength, we're going to be very tough to beat."

"The toe felt a lot better today," Williams said. "I was able to push off it, and that helps. Carlos and I have had a lot of success together, and he was great today."

Boozer was able to do damage inside as the Pistons were without Rasheed Wallace (knee) for the second straight game.

"I always think I can have a big game," Boozer said. "But they missed him (Wallace) a lot. He's the heart of their defense."

Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 52 percent (38-of-75) from the floor.

Boozer, who made 17-of-20 shots, scored six points during a 12-6 fourth-quarter run that helped the Jazz take a 100-88 lead with 1:02 to play.

"They (CB and DW) did an excellent job," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Carlos shot the ball about as well as you can shoot, and Deron got the ball to him. That's how things are supposed to work."

Meanwhile, Antonio McDyess scored 19 points with 12 boards for Detroit, which had five starters in double figures but could only get as close as 91-87 with 3:45 remaining.

Richard Hamilton scored 17 points on just 6-of-16 from the floor for the Pistons, who shot 39 percent (34-of-86) and have not won five straight here since the 2002-03 season.

Pistons coach Flip Saunders was ejected in the third quarter after picking up a pair of technical fouls.

"I thought early in the game we had a lot of energy but the problem was we were hitting a few jump shots but they were getting layups," said Pistons guard Chauncey Billups, who scored 15 points.

"That's one of the emphasis that we had on the game is that they want to try to get a lot of points in the paint and they shoot threes whether it's their bigs or some of their guards. We had to take away one of those and not give them both. We did a horrible job of doing both."

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