Boozer, Brewer lead Jazz past 76ersNov 29, 2007 - 4:54 AM By Mike Luongo PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer got the Utah Jazz back on the winning track on Wednesday, leading the Jazz to a 106-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Both played roles in a couple of key runs that allowed the Jazz to bounce back from Monday night's road loss to the New York Knicks.
"That was a heartbreaker," Boozer said of the loss at New York. "We thought that we had enough to get over the hump and we didn't. We came back tonight and we did enough to win the game."
Boozer scored 26 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. Brewer had 19 points and Deron Williams added 15 points and 15 assists.
"We didn't play the best that we could play," Boozer said. "Sometimes when you play on the road, it can be ugly. We felt it was ugly but, we got enough plays from enough guys to get a win,"
Brewer scored five points in a 13-2 run early in the first quarter that Boozer capped with a lay up. Philadelphia responded with a 13-0 run of their own, tying the game on a basket by Andre Miller.
Boozer's lay-up would give the Jazz a 25-23 lead but the Sixers ended the quarter on baskets by Reggie Evans and Andre Iguodala to take a 27-25 lead at the end of the first.
In the second quarter the Sixers pushed their lead to six on a dunk by Andre Iguodala. Boozer fed Brewer for a lay-up that capped a 10-3 run that gave the Jazz a 37-36 lead with 5:00 to play.
The Jazz closed the half with a 12-6 run that included a pair of baskets from Boozer and a dunk by Andrei Kirilenko gave the Jazz a 49-44 halftime lead. Boozer finished the first half with 12 points.
Brewer's lay-up gave the Jazz a 54-44 lead with 11:06 to go in the third quarter He scored a pair of baskets to push the Jazz lead to 13. The Jazz took it's biggest lead of the game on a basket by Deron Williams, a jumper that made it 67-53 with 5:34 to go in the quarter.
"We have a very confident team," Boozer said. "We're confident that no matter at what point of the game, we're going to knock down shots especially when it's time to win the game."
"Everything goes through D-Will (Williams) and Booze (Boozer)," Brewer said. "We just played off of them
and we started hitting a lot of shots. A lot of guys contributed and a lot of guys got easy shots."
Boozer scored 12 fourth quarter points including eight straight late in the game after Philadelphia pulled to within five with 6:48 to play.
"He's been able to score the ball wherever he is," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's very cleaver around the basket and he shoot's the ball very on the floor. He's got a lot of different places where he can get shots. He shot the ball very well."
"I was trying to be aggressive," said Boozer who is shooting 71 percent from the floor in the last four games. "Williams had 15 assists tonight. When you have a point guard who is willing to pass the ball to you, who have to be ready to finish it."
Iguodala scored 20 points and Andre Miller added 16 for the 76ers, who were coming off a road win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. They have yet to consecutive games this season.
"The only thing that we didn't carry was a win," Iguodala said. "We did OK until the fourth quarter We had a tough time stopping the ball. Our rotation wasn't there."
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