Jazz 116, Nets 107

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 31, 2013
Randy Foye scored 26 points, tying a career high with eight 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-107 Saturday night to keep Deron Williams winless against his former team. The victory was the fourth straight for Utah (38-36), which entered the night eighth in the Western Conference by virtue of its tiebreaker over the Lo Angeles Lakers. Williams played better than he did in his first trip back in January 2012, but couldn't match the 3-point shooting of Utah. Foye made 8 of 9 and the Jazz hit 10 of 17 as a team. The Jazz also forced 17 turnovers by the Nets. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn (42-31) with 27 points. Williams had 21 on 6-of-14 shooting, with 11 assists. Utah outscored Brooklyn 31-20 in the third quarter after trailing by two at half. Both teams played Friday night, with the Nets losing by 22 in Denver and the Jazz rallying to win in Portland. It was the Nets who were sloppy, forced into 17 turnovers that led to 19 Jazz points. Brooklyn was playing again without guard Joe Johnson because of a right quad contusion. Foye was coming off an 0-for-3 3-point effort Friday and opened third quarter with a turnover and missed 3. He then hit four straight to give Utah a 77-68 lead with 2:47 remaining in the third. He would tie a franchise record with five 3s in the third. His seventh 3 of the night put Utah up 88-76 with 10:52 remaining. His eighth gave Utah a 108-97 edge with 2:02 left. Utah led by as many as 16 points, shooting 56 percent on the night. Williams heartily greeted his former teammates, shaking hands before and after the game. But he received the same rude welcome from the fans that he did 14 months ago. On his last trip to Utah, he started 0 of 3, was just 2 of 12 at halftime and finished with 16 points on 3-of-15 shooting as the Jazz beat the Nets 107-94 on Jan. 14, 2012. Despite being booed every time he touched the ball, he came out much stronger Saturday. He opened 3 of 3 and had eight points in the first five minutes. But he couldn't sustain it. The Jazz did everything they could to make it tough on him. Mo Williams went at him strong in the lane and Gordon Hayward came up with a huge block that brought the fans to their feet. The Nets led 54-52 at halftime thanks to a 24-16 edge on the boards, including 11 by Reggie Evans. Brooklyn used an 8-2 run to take a 42-41 lead with 6:28 left in the quarter on Andray Blatche's dunk after a second straight turnover by Mo Williams. Deron Williams' second 3-pointer, with 3:20 left in the half, put Brooklyn up 48-47 edge. The battle became more physical in the second quarter with Hayward stuffing Deron Williams at one end and Evans delivering a hard foul on Paul Millsap on the fast break at the other. Evans picked up a second quick foul when he didn't get the charge call as Marvin Williams went to the basket hard, pulling Utah within 54-52. The Jazz led 33-28 after one. There were 12 lead changes in the first six minutes and zero turnovers, with the Jazz shooting 80 percent (8 of 10) and the Nets 70 percent (7 of 10) during that opening span. Al Jefferson and Mo Williams both had 20 points for Utah, which plays its next three at home. C.J. Watson added 20 points off the bench for the Nets. NOTES: Jazz C Enes Kanter remains out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder but was in the locker room pregame and headed for the stationary bike. He said he wanted to keep himself in shape for the ''summer'' but hasn't ruled out that he could be back for the end of the season. ... The Jazz played their final back-to-back of the season.
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