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Utah grabs double-digit win over Pacers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Mehmet Okur scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Indiana Pacers 112-100 on Tuesday night for their 12th straight victory.

Paul Millsap finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, Ronnie Brewer scored 18 points and Deron Williams had 12 assists for the Jazz (41-23), who moved closer to the franchise record of 15 consecutive victories.

Troy Murphy scored 23 points and tied a Pacers home record with seven 3-pointers. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack and T.J Ford each added 21 points for Indiana.

The Pacers, who trailed by two entering the fourth quarter, tied the score at 90 on Ford's jumper with 7 minutes left. The Jazz answered with a 16-4 run over the next three minutes to open a double-digit lead.

Despite committing 14 turnovers in the first half and trailing by as many as 12 points, the Pacers managed to stay within 54-48 at the intermission. Murphy had 21 points in the opening half and hit seven of eight 3-point attempts.

Indiana jumped ahead, 61-58, on Jack's two free throws early in the third quarter, but the Jazz regained a seven-point lead minutes later on Brewer's dunk. Jack's jumper to end the period brought the Pacers within 82-80.

Notes:

Murphy set an Indiana franchise record for defensive rebounds in a season. He entered the game with 592 and surpassed Jermaine O'Neal's 594 in 2002-03. ... Pacers F Danny Granger missed his 10th straight game with a partially torn tendon in his right foot, an injury he sustained Feb. 18 at Charlotte. Indiana is 6-4 since losing its leading scorer. ... Utah F Carlos Boozer started after being a game-time decision with a sprained right ankle. ... The Jazz haven't lost since falling 116-96 at Golden State on Feb. 8. ... Utah coach Jerry Sloan played college basketball at the University of Evansville in Indiana and led the Purple Aces to back-to-back NCAA Division II championships in 1964 and 1965.

UTAH (112)

Miles 5-9 0-0 10, Boozer 4-13 3-4 11, Okur 9-15 5-5 24, Williams 1-9 3-4 5, Brewer 5-8 8-8 18, Millsap 8-11 6-8 22, Korver 4-6 1-1 11, Knight 1-3 0-0 2, Kirilenko 3-8 2-2 9, Harpring 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 28-32 112.

INDIANA (100)

Daniels 2-9 3-4 7, Murphy 7-12 2-2 23, Hibbert 4-9 4-4 12, Ford 9-19 2-2 21, Jack 6-11 8-8 21, Nesterovic 2-2 1-1 5, Rush 3-7 0-0 7, Baston 1-2 0-0 2, Diener 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 35-76 20-21 100.

Utah29252830--112

Indiana22263220--100

3-Point Goals--Utah 4-8 (Korver 2-2, Kirilenko 1-1, Okur 1-2, Miles 0-1, Williams 0-2), Indiana 10-23 (Murphy 7-9, Ford 1-3, Rush 1-3, Jack 1-4, Daniels 0-1, Diener 0-3). Fouled Out--Hibbert. Rebounds--Utah 45 (Millsap 9), Indiana 45 (Murphy 13). Assists--Utah 22 (Williams 12), Indiana 17 (Ford 9). Total Fouls--Utah 21, Indiana 22. Technicals--Jack, Indiana defensive three second. A--13,705 (18,165).



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