SALT LAKE CITY, April 19 (Ticker)
-- Carlos Boozer
was determined to
prevent the Utah Jazz from a second straight losing record.
Boozer scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Mehmet Okur
and C.J. Miles
added 23 as the Jazz posted a 105-102 victory
over the Golden State Warriors in the season finale for both
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Despite not making the playoffs, Utah (41-41) posted a 15-win
improvement over last season and avoided consecutive losing
campaigns for the first time since 1982-1983.
"We wanted to finish at .500 and we did," Boozer said. "We had a
good comeback. Honestly, they were in control most of the game
and we had a (heck) of a spark from a 19-year-old kid from Texas
(Miles). We just followed his lead."
"I came out tonight trying to get open looks," Miles said. "I
got a few, bent my knees and knocked them down. That's what it's
about. I think it's great for me. It's a confidence-builder.
It makes me want to work even harder than I was going to. It
makes you see the other side of the fence."
Boozer scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and Miles and
rookie Deron Williams
combined to make 6-of-6 free throws in the
final 23 seconds to give the Jazz their sixth win in eight
"I'd missed some earlier, so I just cleared my mind, blocked out
everything in the gym, (and) pretended I was back at the ...
practice center," Miles said of his four late free throws.
Making just his 23rd appearance of the season, Miles made
8-of-13 shots from the floor and set career highs in points,
baskets and assists.
"C.J. played great tonight," Williams said. "He made the most
of his opportunity. He got out there for a good amount of time
and made the most of it. I think he showed he can be a special
player down the line."
Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Jazz,
who shot nearly 55 percent (42-of-77) from the floor to post
their third win in four meetings against the Warriors.
Rookie Monta Ellis
scored a season-high 27 points and Derek Fisher
and Ike Diogu
added 20 apiece for Golden State (34-48),
which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
"Making plays down the stretch, that pretty much typified our
season," Warriors guard Mike Dunleavy Jr.
said. "We just weren't
able to win close games and tonight was another example. You
tip your hat to them."
sat out for the Jazz with back spasms. Jason Richardson
, Baron Davis
and Troy Murphy
did not play for the