OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mehmet Okur had 23 points and seven rebounds, Paul Millsap grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz swept the three-game season series against Golden State with a 103-94 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night despite losing leading scorer Carlos Boozer to an early injury.
Boozer strained his right ribcage while playing all 12 minutes of the opening period. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays at the start of the second quarter but didn't return. He had five points and four rebounds before departing.
The Jazz wrap up the season Wednesday night at home against Phoenix in a game that will determine both teams' playoff seedings. Utah, riding a 10-game home winning streak, could be as high as the No. 2 seed or fall to fifth.
Wesley Matthews added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and CJ Miles had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who held a commanding 61-35 advantage on the boards. They have won last three meetings with the Warriors and also three in a row on Golden State's home floor in Oracle Arena. Utah, playing its first game in four days, finished with a 21-20 road record and won 14 of its last 22 away from home.
Devean George scored a season-high 21 points off the bench for the Warriors, who shot a 38.1 percent — 7 of 23 from 3-point range — and committed 14 turnovers.
Golden State couldn't get coach Don Nelson career win No. 1,335. Last week at Minnesota, Nelson passed Lenny Wilkens to become the NBA's winningest coach of all time.
Nelson reiterated before the game he plans to return for a final year next season and fulfill his contract. He is committed to developing this young team to pave the way for an easier transition for his successor. General manager Larry Riley said he expects Nelson to return barring any unforeseen circumstances, though the franchise has been put up for sale by owner Chris Cohan.
A new ownership group could be in place by the start of next season, yet it always takes time for NBA approval.
The Warriors finish the season Wednesday night at Portland.
"Next season, boys!" one fan yelled in the final minute.
NOTES: Jerry Sloan is 63-31 all-time against the Warriors. ... Stephen Curry extended his NBA rookie record for 3-pointers to 162 by making one. His mom was in attendance. ... Golden State finished 18-23 at home this season. ... Boozer led the Jazz in scoring in each of the previous two games vs. Golden State this season. ... The NBA revoked Charlotte Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry's rookie of the year vote because his son, Stephen, is among the leading candidates for the award. He and Kings G Tyreke Evans are considered the front-runners to be top rookie. The NBA says the league will replace Curry with another voter who covers the Bobcats, but has not picked a replacement yet. ... The Warriors drew 19,230 in their final home game and averaged 18,027 fans over 41 home dates — the fifth straight season the franchise has done so.