SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—The Utah Jazz are healthy, deep and unbeaten.
Mehmet Okur had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 14 boards to help Utah beat the Golden State Warriors 106-82 Saturday night for its third straight victory to open the season.
The Jazz showed no fatigue after running with the Suns in a 108-104 win at Phoenix on Friday, then flying home.
“We’ve got a deeper team than we’ve had since I’ve been here and guys are ready to play,” said Boozer, who posted his third double-double of the season.
C.J. Miles scored 17 in his third career start for the Jazz. Matt Harpring had 12 points and Derek Fisher finished with six points and three assists against the Warriors, where he played the last two years before the Jazz picked him up in a trade over the summer.
Utah’s added depth has done a lot more than just keep the starters from getting tired.
“If guys aren’t playing well, Coach has the luxury of bringing in somebody else who can step in and replace them and we don’t drop off very far,” Boozer said.
Golden State, which beat Portland 102-89 Friday night in Oakland, didn’t shoot well from anywhere. The Warriors missed 15 of their 35 free throws and opened the game just 1-for-9 from the line.
“That’s not going to get it done. We need to improve on that,” said Mike Dunleavy, who scored 12 for Golden State. “I don’t know exactly what’s going on.”
“They pretty much had their way with us,” said Baron Davis, who was held to two points and six assists. “We’ve got to find a way to become more aggressive team and play with more energy.”
Utah outrebounded Golden State 51-34 and led comfortably for most of the last three quarters.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan said now that he can substitute more frequently, players seem to be listening to him a lot more.
“I think we’re a little bit better in that department because I can replace guys,” Sloan said. “If they want to sit down next to me, then take four or five bad shots and then don’t run the floor on defense.”
The message seems to be getting through. Dee Brown, who made his NBA debut, was the only Utah player who didn’t score and he made up for that with five assists.
The Warriors were down seven points at the end of the first quarter, then trailed by 19 at halftime.
Golden State closed the margin to 74-61 on a 3-pointer by Murphy, then Okur made a turnaround jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-1 run. Harpring finished it with a three-point play, making a layup in the final second and getting fouled by Monta Ellis.
The Jazz led 85-62 entering the final period. The Warriors went without a field goal from Murphy’s 3-pointer with 2:50 left in the third until Diogu made a layup with 9:33 left in the final period.
“I wouldn’t say we’re playing perfect, but we’re doing what we need to to win the games,” Utah’s Deron Williams said.
The Jazz opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run and led 60-41 at halftime. … Andrei Kirilenko finished with four blocks and three steals for Utah. … Dunleavy and Richardson were the only Warrior starters to play in the fourth quarter and neither scored in the final period.