Boozer, Jazz push aside Bobcats

Published February 24, 2010

| AP

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-93 on Wednesday night.

Utah outscored Charlotte 31-16 in the third quarter to erase an 11-point halftime deficit, then put it away with a 17-7 spurt that blew open a two-point game midway through the fourth quarter.

Deron Williams added 20 points and 12 assists, and Kyle Korver had 18 points for the Jazz, including two 3-pointers during the fourth-quarter run.

Gerald Wallace scored 27 points for Charlotte, and Tyrus Thomas had 20 — the most in his four games since being acquired in a trade with Chicago.

Charlotte coach Larry Brown was ejected with 3:44 remaining after receiving two technical fouls for arguing after a foul call.

Utah has won 14 of its last 16 games to move within a half-game of Northwest Division-leading Denver. The Jazz are 23-8 at home.

Wallace had 18 points in the first half as Charlotte showed little effects from playing Tuesday night — a 98-94 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Steven Jackson shook off a 1-for-16 shooting effort the previous night to score 16 points.

NOTES: Utah swept the season series for the first time in Charlotte's six seasons. ... Charlotte is 0-3 on its four-game trip and 7-22 overall on the road this season. ... Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko missed his second straight game because of back spasms. ... Charlotte was without Tyson Chandler (left foot) and Nazr Mohammed (back spasms).

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