Deron Williams scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and had 15 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 120-111 victory last night in Salt Lake City that snapped Orlando’s six-game winning streak.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and C.J. Miles added a season-high 22 points for the Jazz, coming off an embarrassing loss in Los Angeles the night before when they scored just 6 points in the fourth quarter against the Lakers.
The Jazz survived a dreadful first half from the foul line and took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Magic, 38-21.
Vince Carter had 34 points to lead the Magic, who had won eight straight road games.
Mehmet Okur added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Utah despite getting into early foul trouble by blanketing Orlando’s Dwight Howard.
Okur’s defense flustered Howard, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds - just an average night after opening the game with 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half.
Pistons 101, Nuggets 99 - Charlie Villanueva scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey had 26 to help banged-up Detroit hold on for a victory over former teammate Chauncey Billups and Denver at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Billups missed a layup in the final seconds, allowing the Pistons to run their winning streak to a season-best four games.
Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points for Denver, Billups had 21, and reserve J.R. Smith added 14. The Northwest Division-leading Nuggets have lost consecutive games for just the second time this season after winning four straight and eight of 10.
The Pistons were missing four key players: Richard Hamilton (right ankle), Ben Gordon (left ankle), Will Bynum (ankles) and Tayshaun Prince (back). The Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game with a dislocated left pinkie.