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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz have something in common with real-estate transactions.

More so than any other team in the NBA -- especially those in the playoff picture -- their success this season has simply hinged on location, location, location.

That again proved to be the case on Monday night when Randy Foye led seven Jazz players in double figures with 17 points in a 107-91 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers at EnergySolutions Arena.

Gordon Hayward hit two of his 3-pointers early in the game as the Jazz jumped out to a 10-0 lead that set the tone for a one-sided affair.

Utah went on to string together three double-digit runs in the first half and then cruised to snap a four-game losing streak. The win also improved the Jazz's home record to 25-9 compared with a woeful 10-27 mark on the road.

"It was a much-needed win," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I thought the effort for the most part all night long was pretty good on both ends of the floor."

Dorell Wright scored 19 points and Spencer Hawes and Arnett Moultrie each contributed 14 for the Sixers, who looked sluggish a night after a 117-103 blowout win Sunday in Sacramento.

The loss left Philadelphia (27-43) with a 1-3 record on its four-game Western Conference road trip.

"They just jumped out on us," Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said. "It's the end of the road trip and I think guys are a little bit tired, but that's no excuse for our play tonight."

Utah played like it was the more desperate team. The Jazz (35-36) needed a victory to keep pace with the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers, who took a 36-34 record and a two-game lead into their game at Golden State.

It was only the fourth wire-to-wire victory this season for the Jazz. They hadn't led during an entire game since defeating Golden State 115-101 at home on Feb. 19.

"We needed it real bad after losing four in a row," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "We are still in the playoff hunt. We had to come out and get off to a great start."

Monday's game began a stretch of eight of the final 12 games at home for the Jazz, who went 0-3 on a Texas road trip that ended with a 113-108 loss in Dallas on Sunday.

After the rough start, Philadelphia rallied to within two points of the Jazz early in the second quarter. The Jazz regained control with an 11-0 run that featured back-to-back dunks by backup big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.

Utah then went on a 13-0 spurt before halftime, taking a 58-42 lead into the locker room.

The Sixers never got closer than 14 in the second half and trailed by as many as 22 points.

Philadelphia coach Doug Collins lamented his team's "horrible start" and thought that the Sixers' 13 turnovers were a deciding factor.

"(We) got it to 45-40 in the second and then I think we had six straight turnovers, most of them unforced," Collins said. "They then pushed it up to 59-40. We finally in the fourth quarter kept them under 27 points, but tonight we just didn't get it done."

All five Jazz starters scored at least nine points. Foye led the way thanks to his 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Hayward scored 15 points, Jefferson totaled 12 points and nine rebounds, Paul Millsap added 11 points and Mo Williams chipped in with nine points and five assists.

Favors had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. He had three of the Jazz's 10 blocked shots. Kanter and Alec Burks each scored 12 points.

The Jazz shot 48.8 percent from the field and held road-weary Philly to 38.6 percent. Utah had a 46-38 rebounding advantage and dominated inside, outscoring the Sixers 50-38 in the paint.

NOTES: Corbin admitted that having eight impending free agents has affected the play of his team, which had lost 11 of 14 before Monday. "Everybody keeps mentioning it. We tried to get the guys, as much as they could, to not worry about it as much, but it's been there," he said. "It may have affected us some." The former NBA player said it's hard because players are sometimes either "trying too hard and trying not to get hurt" while keeping the focus on themselves instead of the team. But, he added, "To these guys' credit, I think for the most part all year long they've been focused on trying to control what they can control and that's how they're playing right now." ... The Sixers had beaten the Jazz two times in a row before Monday for the first time since a four-game winning streak in 1987-88. That's also the last time the Sixers had swept Utah in a season series. ... Philadelphia's last win in Utah was on Jan. 5, 2005. ... The Sixers had only nine assists compared with the Jazz's 22.
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