[QODLink]
Sport
Williams leads Jazz to big win
Utah thrash San Antonio 109-83 to take their seven-game semi-final series to 2-1.
Last Modified: 27 May 2007 11:16 GMT

Utah guard Deron Williams, front, led all scorers with 31 points as the Jazz came from behind for a big win [AFP]

Utah guard Deron Williams scored 31 points and gave eight assists to lead the Jazz to a 109-83 thrashing of the San Antonio Spurs in their NBA semi-final series, taking the seven-game series score to 2-1 and keeping their unbeaten playoff record at home intact.
The Jazz outscored the Spurs 66-36 in the second half to record their seventh consecutive win at home this postseason, with forward Carlos Boozer adding 27, including 10 in a decisive third quarter for Utah, while Derek Fisher and Gordan Giricek added 11 points apiece for the home team.

"This feels great. We executed well," Williams said.

"We are here to play and despite all the odds we are not going to give up."

Utah coach Jerry Sloan added: "We executed very well and did great job of keeping control of the basketball."

For the Spurs, who are seeking their third NBA Finals appearance in the last five years, guard Tony Parker had a team-high 25 points, but with Spurs superstar Tim Duncan in foul trouble for most of the game, the Jazz took advantage, staying close in the first half before blowing the game open in the second.

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio coach, scoffed at suggestions the momentum in the series had shifted to the Jazz.

"I am not concerned about momentum," Popovich said.

"I am concerned about playing better. The story of the game is not that important. 

"How we play is what matters."

Come from behind victory

After spotting San Antonio an eight-point lead through the first quarter, the Jazz trailed 47-43 at halftime.

The Jazz, who never led in the second half during the first two games of the series, manhandled the Spurs in the second half to run away with an eventual big win.

Game four will be played in Salt Lake City on Monday.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.