Okur, Jazz Roll to Victory in Toronto
Utah 99, Toronto 84
TORONTO, Nov. 11 (Ticker) -- Mehmet Okur bounced back north of the border and was unstoppable.
Okur had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 99-84 victory over the winless Toronto Raptors.
The 7-footer from Turkey regrouped nicely, making 9-of-16 shots, including 2-of-4 3-pointers.
"(Okur) had a terrible outing over there in New Jersey - he didn't shoot the ball very well and he got in foul trouble early," Sloan said. "It was good to see him come back and have a good outing. When he has open shots, he can make them."
Okur scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper from the top of the key off a feed from Andrei Kirilenko that stalled a comeback by the Raptors and gave the Jazz an 84-73 lead with 5:36 left.
"Our team was coming off a bad loss, so tonight we just came out with a lot of energy," said Okur, who recorded his third double-double of the season. "We helped each other on offense and defense and we played like a team out there, which is a good thing on the road."
Jazz rookies Deron Williams and Andre Owens scored 15 points each off the bench, and Kirilenko had nine points and three blocks after failing to record one for the first time this season against New Jersey. Utah snapped a three-game slide to Toronto.
"I shot (poorly) in the last three games, but hey, it's the last three games and I still have 80 more. You can't really worry about it," Williams said.
Utah trailed 23-18 early in the second quarter before going on a 19-2 run fueled by nine points from Owens to take a 37-25 lead.
"We hit a stretch where we just couldn't make a shot," said Toronto's Chris Bosh, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
"I thought (Owens) came in and played well for them," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "We gave him a couple of looks and had some defensive lapses in the second quarter. Our guys are trying hard, they don't want to lose."
Jalen Rose scored 13 points for the Raptors, who fell to 0-5 - the worst start in franchise history - and are one of three teams without a victory.
"When you lose, especially in the NBA, it should hurt," Rose said.