Okur Scores 43 in Jazz Win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Mehmet Okur scored a career-high 43 points and the Utah Jazz held off a late rally by Indiana in a 120-113 victory over the Pacers on Monday night.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Deron Williams added 11 assists and 23 points, including a late 3-pointer to help the Jazz finally put away the Pacers.

Indiana had trailed by 20 late in the third quarter, but would not let the Jazz clinch it until the final minute.

Danny Granger had 30 points and seven assists, one night after tying his career high with 42 points in a loss at Golden State.

Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and Troy Murphy added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their third straight.

Indiana's reserves outscored Utah's 46-9, but the Pacers couldn't stop Okur as he made 12 of his first 14 shots. Okur finished 13-for-19 from the floor and made 14 of 15 free throws. His previous career high was 37, set last January at Washington.

Indiana was the third straight opponent to come to Utah after playing on the road the previous night. The Hornets and Pistons both wilted when the Jazz pulled away to big leads in the previous two, but the Pacers continued to push and made it a game again with a 16-0 run midway through the second half.

Okur tied his career high on a free throw with 5:09 left in the third, then made the second to give him 39 points. He added a 22-footer to put Utah up 96-76 with 3:46 remaining in the period, but that was the last time Utah scored for the next six minutes.

Travis Diener hit a 3-pointer and Granger converted on a three-point play to start a 16-0 run over the end of the third through early in the fourth to get within 96-92 on Murphy's two free throws with 10:36 left to play.

Kirilenko finally ended Utah's scoring drought with two from the foul line with 9:32 to go and Williams followed with a jumper to get Utah to 100-92.

The Pacers still didn't go away and cut the lead to 109-106 on a 3-pointer by Dunleavy after Indiana got three offensive rebounds on the same possession.

Indiana had another chance after getting within 113-103 on a 3-pointer by Jarrett Jack, but Williams came through with a 3-pointer just before the shot clock was about to expire. The shot put Utah up 116-109 with 1:25 remaining and the Jazz held on from there.


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