March 26, 2012
Millsap double-double leads weary Jazz over Nets
NEWARK, N.J.—Paul Millsap had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Utah Jazz shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat the Nets 105-84 on Monday night.
Gerald Green led the Nets with 20 points. Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists against his former teammates on 7 of 21 shooting. Rookie Jordan Williams added a career-high 13 points.
Trailing by 21 early in the third quarter, the Nets got back in the game with a 26-12 spurt that closed the gap 72-65 after three quarters.
Deron Williams helped close the gap to three points with an assist on an alley-oop and a jumper to make it 72-69 with 11 minutes to go.
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TURNING POINT: The Nets were threatening early in the fourth, when they cut down Utah's lead significantly, but the Jazz responded well, immediately pushing their breathing space back into double digits.
THE STAT: All of the Nets' shooting percentages: 35.8 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from three, 60.0 percent from the free throw line. Credit their lack of cohesion as a unit or the stifling Jazz defense, but no matter the cause, those figures simply won't cut it within almost any professional basketball context.
For more, read Adam Figman's NBA.com notebook
NETS NOTES F Jordan Williams scored a career-best 13 points off the bench, adding 6 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 5-of-6 from the field...F Gerald Green hit 4 three-pointers, matching a season-high...G Deron Williams' double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) was his 17th of the season...F Kris Humphries grabbed 10 rebounds, the 28th time he's reached that plateau this season.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
20 PTS, 16 REB
7-14 FGs, 3 STL
|On the near-comeback:
"We knew the second half was going to be tough for them, just because of the game they’d had last night. And we tried to take advantage of that in the third, and that was our chance right there, coming back. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute."