Nets rock the Jazz

November 29, 2008 9:05:18 PM PST
Devin Harris scored 34 points, and Vince Carter added 22 points to help the New Jersey Nets beat the Utah Jazz 105-88 on Saturday night. The Nets shot 52 percent (40-for-77) and forced the Jazz into 19 turnovers while improving to 2-1 on a four-game trip.

Yi Jianlian added 11 points, and Bobby Simmons had 10 for New Jersey.

Mehmet Okur had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Millsap added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz. Deron Williams had 10 points and 13 assists, but Utah couldn't overcome poor shooting in the second half and fell to 8-2 at home.

Harris was four points off his career scoring high.

Utah was without All-Star forward Carlos Boozer (thigh) for the sixth straight game and lost Andrei Kirilenko to an ankle injury in the second quarter. Without the pesky Kirilenko disrupting the Nets' offense, New Jersey moved the ball around enough to get easy shots and outplayed the Jazz.

The Jazz were booed at the end of the the third quarter, trailing 83-67 on Carter's 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. The Jazz were sloppy all period and shot 6-for-21 and were outrebounded 17-11 as the Nets outscored the Jazz 24-16.

C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 67-60 with 7:49 left in the third, but Yi answered with a 3 and Simmons followed with a jumper to start a 16-5 run that just about put the game away for the Nets.

Notes: Stromile Swift made his season debut for the Nets after missing the first 14 games because of a sore lower back. ... The Nets will wrap up their trip Sunday night at Phoenix.


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