Millsap double-double leads weary Jazz over Nets

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 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 New Jersey Nets 105-84 on Monday night.

Al Jefferson added 19 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz won for the seventh time in eight games and kept a hold on one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Alec Burks added 15 points for the Jazz, who used an 18-4 fourth-quarter run to lock up the game after New Jersey cut a 21-point deficit to three.

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.

After that it was all Utah. Jefferson hit a 10-footer, Millsap followed with a three-point play after Green missed two free throws and former Net Devin Harris hit a jumper for a 79-69 lead.

After Kris Humphries scored his first two points of the game on free throws, C.J. Mills scored a basket, Burks hit two free throws and Jefferson and Millsap scored inside to push the lead to double digits.

The Nets made things easy for the Jazz in the first half, making 12 baskets, shooting roughly 31 percent from the field and scoring 32 points, two more than their season low for the first half.

After seeing all of his starters play almost 50 minutes against Atlanta, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin spread the minutes around in the half with reserves Derrick Favors and DeMarre Carroll and Burks playing as much as his starters.



Spreading the time helped, as the Jazz got 26 points from their starters and 23 from the bench, taking a 49-32 halftime lead.

Utah led by eight early in the first quarter but didn’t score in the final 3:47 and fell behind 17-15.

NOTES: With injuries to Gs Jordan Farmar (groin) and Anthony Morrow (shoulder) the Nets dressed 10 players for the game. … Jazz G Raja Bell went to Florida to have his knee examined. … The game was the first in New Jersey for Harris and Derrick Favors since they were traded to Utah last season in the deal that brought Deron Williams to New Jersey.

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