Jazz routs Wizards, 129-87

The Baltimore Sun

C.J. Miles scored a career-high 29 points and the host Utah Jazz set a team record with 15 three-pointers in a 129-87 rout of the short-handed Washington Wizards last night.

Deron Williams had 12 points and 16 assists, despite resting most of the fourth quarter, and Mehmet Okur returned from a stomach virus with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 15, making all six of his shots.

Utah out-rebounded Washington 40-23, had 40 assists on 50 field goals and shot almost 60 percent (50-for-84).

The Wizards were wrapping up a five-game Western Conference road trip and coming off a 126-120 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. They were also resting Caron Butler's strained left hamstring instead of playing him back-to-back nights.

Antawn Jamison led Washington with 22 points.

Miles had never scored more than 20 and was starting for Andrei Kirilenko, who missed his second straight game with a calf injury.

Suns 132, Nuggets 117 -- Amare Stoudemire scored 41 points and Steve Nash had 36, and Phoenix rallied from a 22-point second-quarter deficit to overcome visiting Denver for its 50th victory of the season. In reaching at least 50 wins for the fourth straight season, the Suns tied the idle Los Angeles Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division.

Pacers 105, Heat 85 -- Jermaine O'Neal scored nine points after sitting out for more than two months with a knee injury, and Indiana beat visiting Miami. O'Neal shot 3-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in 18 minutes. He had missed 33 straight games with a bone bruise, and the Pacers went 12-21 during that stretch.

Hawks 116, Grizzlies 99 -- Josh Smith had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Atlanta built an early lead and beat host Memphis. Atlanta led by 38 in the third quarter and seemed to be coasting to the victory. However, Memphis opened the fourth with 13 consecutive points, part of a 23-4 run that made the game more interesting, and forced Atlanta to put its starters back in the game.

Raptors 104, Bobcats 100 -- Chris Bosh scored 32 points and Toronto remained alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a win over host Charlotte. Bosh hit 13 of 16 free throws and added eight rebounds and five assists for the Raptors.

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