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Boozer carries Jazz over SuperSonics

Feb 14, 2008 - 6:38 AM By Paul Lowenberg PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SEATTLE (Ticker) - All-Star Carlos Boozer flashed his complete all-around skills.

Boozer registered his first career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Utah Jazz posted a 112-93 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

"That's the first triple-double I've ever had anywhere. High school, college, AAU, NBA," Boozer said. "In the second half, they collapsed on me and my teammates were wide open. I trust my teammates and the knocked down shots for me, so I kept looking for them."

"I was impressed with the way he played," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I haven't seen him in that situation and I thought he was really focused on trying to do the right thing all night long."

Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 11 boards and Deron Williams also recorded a double-double with 17 and 10 assists for the Jazz, who have captured 16 of their last 18 games.

Utah took control of this one in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter by going on an aggressive 12-2 surge to forge a 93-75 lead with 7:37 left and never looked back.

"We played good in the fourth quarter, going down the stretch to have a good taste in our mouth going into the All-Star break," Boozer said. "It was a little tough at first, but somewhere during the game we flipped the switch on and took care of business."

"We took some steps forward and did some good things in the bulk of the last eight or nine games," Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "But we took a big step back in terms of being as competitive as we need to be."

With the game tied at 67-67 in the third, Boozer and Matt Harpring both netted four points during a 14-6 burst to close out the period for an 81-73 advantage heading into the fourth.

The game also marked the return of Jazz guard Ronnie Brewer, who missed two games with what was described as a "bruised tailbone." He scored 16 points in 25 minutes.

"It was good to see him get up and down the floor, and he had some good moments in the game," Sloan said.

Rookie Kevin Durant poured in 19 points and Earl Watson handed out 14 assists for Seattle, which shot 45 percent (38-of-84) from the floor.

"We never matched their physicality or aggressiveness and that's been a trademark of their team for a long time," Carlesimo said. "We can't allow someone to be more physical and aggressive than us and win."

Durant, who along with teammate Jeff Green, is headed to New Orleans to participate in the Rookie-Sophomore Game on Friday. Durant said this wasn't the way he wanted to head into the midseason break.

"Not at all," he said. "But coming bac,k we'll be more hungry and hopefully guys will have a good time on their break."

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