EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists, and the Utah Jazz overcame a seven-point first quarter and a 22-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 103-92 on Wednesday night.
Mehmet Okur had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 1-1 on a five-game road trip. They played without starting forward Carlos Boozer for the 15th straight game because of a strained left quadriceps, then lost coach Jerry Sloan after he picked up two technical fouls 33 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter.
Paul Millsap added 18 points and 12 rebounds in his 13th straight double-double for the Jazz, who made only three field goals during one of the worst quarters in franchise history.
Williams had only one point during 10 minutes on the floor in the period, then watched the second while the Jazz began chipping away without him.
Vince Carter scored 32 points for the Nets.
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