Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
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Jazz114
Game 2: Sunday, March 8th
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Raptors101

Raptors 87

(8-10, 4-6 away)

Jazz 114

(13-8, 9-3 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    10:30 PM ET, December 5, 2008

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 23 25 19 2087
    UTAH 33 31 27 23114

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Utah: P. Millsap 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Millsap has 7th straight double-double in Utah's win over Toronto

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Paul Millsap got his usual double-double and added a career high in assists.

    Millsap had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Jazz beat Toronto 114-87 on Friday night in interim coach Jay Triano's Raptors debut.

    Millsap also had three blocked shots in his seventh straight double-double, filling in nicely as All-Star Carlos Boozer recovers from a thigh injury.

    "His play has just been outstanding," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "The way he played tonight -- going after the ball relentlessly, finding rebounds, doing whatever he has to do -- it's really been fun to watch. I can't say enough about him."

    Mehmet Okur led Utah with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

    Matt Harpring had 14 points and seven rebounds in his first game after missing five because of a back injury, and Deron Williams had 14 points and five assists to help the Jazz beat the Raptors for the seventh straight time.

    Utah had lost two straight at home -- half as many as last season's total.

    "I'd like to see the energy that we saw tonight," Sloan said. "Our fans booed us the last two games we lost in this building. They want to see them compete, and I think they have a right to."

    Chris Bosh had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, playing its first game since coach Sam Mitchell was fired the day after a 132-93 loss at Denver on Wednesday night.

    Toronto didn't fare any better under Triano, Mitchell's former assistant who had all of one practice to try to reroute the Raptors.

    "We have been through a lot in the last couple of days, trying to relearn things. I think until it becomes a natural thing for us to just flow, we are going to look a little lethargic like that," said Triano, the first Canadian head coach in NBA history. "They were trying to do what we asked them to, so I applaud that."

    The Raptors committed 23 turnovers and were outrebounded 52-38, including just three offensive rebounds and lost their third straight.

    "We're going to be all right," said Jose Calderon, who had 10 points and eight assists for Toronto. "For moments, it was OK. Everybody was feeling comfortable with the new things, but we need a little bit more time."

    The Jazz were without Boozer for the ninth straight game, but outscored the Raptors in all four quarters and got an obvious lift from the return of Harpring and Andrei Kirilenko, who had missed two games with an ankle injury. Kirilenko had seven points, six assists, five rebounds and two blocks.

    Millsap has had a double-double in every game since scoring 21 and grabbing 10 boards against Chicago on Nov. 24. He had never had more than five assists before Friday.

    "Once I got going and started running, it felt good," Millsap said. "In college, I didn't pass too much. I had to try to take advantage of guys. I think this might be my career high in assists -- ever."

    After falling behind 6-0, the Jazz pulled away with a 17-0 run and led 33-23 entering the second period.

    Utah led 64-48 at halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer by C.J. Miles, a putback by Paul Millsap and a jumper by Okur for a 71-48 lead. Toronto didn't score in the period until Bosh tipped in a rebound with 9:41 to remaining. Miles ended the period with a left-handed, underhand layup while crossing the lane and the Jazz led 91-67 after three.

    "We ran our offense. The only times we really get in trouble is when we kind of get one-on-one," Harpring said. "If we don't just take the first shot, trust the offense and cut and move, we can get so many layups."

    Game notes


    Millsap's previous high for assists was five. ... Millsap had only three career starts entering the season. ... Kirilenko had six of Utah's 31 assists. ... The Raptors shot 23.5 percent (4-for-17) on 3-pointers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    UTAH
    Points 87 114
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 49-95 (.516)
    3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 11-16 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-38 13-52
    Assists 23 31
    Turnovers 23 19
    Steals 8 12
    Blocks 10 8
    Fast Break Points 16 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 29

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Utah
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Paul Millsap Millsap
    Points: 17
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3