Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/7/12
SALT LAKE CITY -- Playing without Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors didn't prove to be a problem for the Utah Jazz, who overcame a sluggish start to trounce the Toronto Raptors 131-99 on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Jefferson, the Jazz's starting center, missed the game with back spasms, and Favors, Utah's key big man backup, sat out his fourth consecutive game with a strained right arch. But starting power forward Paul Millsap led an offensive onslaught with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz (11-10) had seven players in double figures and hit 13 of 23 3-pointers en route to their second victory in a row. Despite playing a short-handed squad, Toronto (4-16) dropping its third game in a row and its ninth in 10 outings. Forward Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 20 points and eight rebounds. The game began as a one-sided affair, but in Toronto's favor.Guard DeMar DeRozan gave the Raptors a 10-point lead at 27-17 with a thunderous dunk in the first quarter. But the Jazz came roaring back in the second quarter, taking control for good when Utah hit five consecutive 3-pointers, including a 9-0 streak thanks to long shots by Mo Williams, Marvin Williams and DeMarre Carroll. That spurt, capped by a long ball by Gordon Hayward, helped Utah turn a 36-35 lead into a commanding 56-42 advantage. Enes Kanter didn't have any 3-pointers, but the second-year Turkish center scored 18 points with eight rebounds in his first career start for the ailing Jefferson. Mo Williams finished with 11 points and 10 assists despite missing the morning shotaround with what the team described as "gastric distress." Hayward added 17 points off the bench, while Carroll contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Carroll was one of three Jazz players with three threes, along with Marvin Williams and Randy Foye. The Jazz had three quarters of at least 32 points while nearly equaling their 140-point total reached in a triple-overtime win in Toronto last month. The Raptors shot just 40.2 percent and didn't score more than 24 points in a quarter after taking a 29-25 lead into the second quarter. NOTES: Utah improved to 8-1 at home, while Toronto fell to 1-12 on the road. ... Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin and Hayward went to the hospital in Murray, Utah, to visit Utah State basketball player Danny Berger, who collapsed at practice earlier this week and required medical attention to be brought back to life. "If I can say anything encouraging to him that helps him fight his way through it, that's what it's all about," Corbin said. "I'm just trying to support the kid." Berger's condition has been upgraded to fair. ... Toronto guard Jose Calderon appeared in his 500th game as a Raptor. He has 42 games to catch the franchise's all-time leader Morris Peterson (542). ... The previous two games between Utah and Toronto went into overtime sessions (five total). Utah won a triple-OT game, 140-133 last month and the Raptors picked up a double-OT road win last January. ... The Raptors have never won two consecutive games in the Beehive State.
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