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Williams helps Jazz hold off Warriors

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 , Posted by Linda at 10:49 AM

SALT LAKE CITY – Deron Williams had 25 points and 15 assists, Ronnie Brewer scored seven crucial points down the stretch, and the Utah Jazz held off the Golden State Warriors 119-114 on Monday night.

Golden State Warriors guard Jamal Crawford, left, gets to the basket past Utah AP – Golden State Warriors guard Jamal Crawford, left, gets to the basket past Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur

Williams tied his season high in assists as the Jazz led most of the way but could never break the game open from the Warriors, despite the loss of Stephen Jackson to a hamstring injury at the end of the first half. Neither team led by more than nine in the run-and-gun contest.

Paul Millsap posted his 18th consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 15 for the Jazz.

Corey Maggette, in his first action back from his own hamstring injury that cost him 15 games, brought the Warriors within 108-105 with two free throws.

Millsap scored and then blocked a shot that led to Brewer's dunk at the other end. Brewer added two free throws and then a three-point play with 1:14 remaining to give the Jazz a 117-110 lead and seal the win.

Jamal Crawford scored 28 points and Maggette had 23 points in his return but the Warriors have now lost four of five games and were winless on their three-game road trip.

Andris Biedrins had 14 points and 17 rebounds, but no other Warrior grabbed more than five boards.

Jackson strained his right hamstring on the final play of the first half against the Utah Jazz and did not return. The Warriors' leading scorer had 15 points in the opening half and was chasing Williams near midcourt when he suddenly stopped and grabbed his right thigh.

He had to be helped off the court after Williams scored in the lane and the Jazz took a 65-59 lead into the break.

The Jazz won their ninth consecutive home game against the Warriors, including three victories in the 2007 Western Conference semifinal series. Golden State's last win at Utah was on Nov. 25, 2005, 94-90.

The game was the first of a four-game homestand for Utah.

Notes:@ Just before halftime, a fan blew a whistle and many of the Warriors stopped playing while Kyle Korver dribbled the ball down for an uncontested dunk. The public address announcer warned the crowd against unauthorized whistles but the play stood. ... Utah's Carlos Boozer, who has missed 23 straight games since injuring his left knee on Nov. 19, is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on Friday. ... "Hot" Rod Hundley broadcast his 3,000th game as the radio voice of the Jazz

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