Jazz take sting out of Warriors
The Utah Jazz had seen enough of the Golden State Warriors' beautiful game.
Carlos Boozer and the Jazz shoved and scraped to slow down the Warriors -- and then Derek Fisher put a sweet finish on a victory that put Utah on the brink of the Western Conference finals.
Boozer had 34 points and 12 rebounds as the Jazz handed the eighth-seeded Warriors their first home loss of the postseason, 115-101, last night to put Utah up, 3-1, in their second-round playoff series.
"That was a big step in the growth process for us as a team," said Fisher, who missed the series opener and returned during Game 2 after tending to his daughter's health problem. "I haven't practiced much lately, so it felt good to be able to step up for my teammates."
Fisher scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the surprising Jazz, who can clinch their first trip to the conference finals since 1998 with a victory at home in Game 5 tomorrow night.
Deron Williams had 20 points and 13 assists as the Jazz finally solved the riddle of
Al Harrington scored 24 points before fouling out, but Baron Davis had just 15 points and seven assists.
Fisher's 3-pointer put Utah ahead to stay with 5:57 to play, and the veteran guard -- traded by Golden State to the Jazz last summer -- hit a long jumper and another 3-pointer in the final minutes to silence the Oakland din.
Jason Richardson then was ejected for clotheslining Mehmet Okur on a drive to the basket with 37 seconds left, prompting angry shouts by both players.
Bulls 102, Pistons 87 -- Luol Deng scored 25 points, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon added 19 apiece, and host Chicago won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, avoiding a sweep.
Unlike Game 3, when the Bulls saw a 19-point lead dissolve into a 7-point loss, Chicago withstood a late push by Detroit. The Bulls outscored the Pistons, 27-13, in the third quarter to turn a 7-point halftime lead into a 77-56 advantage.
They didn't flinch when Chauncey Billups hit two free throws with 3:55 left to cut it to 87-80, or when he answered Gordon's 3-pointer with one of his own. That made it 90-83 with 2:46 remaining, but the Bulls hung on.