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Boozer fires Jazz over Rockets

AFTER four months of patching together a lineup, the Utah Jazz finally have some depth, just in time for the playoff stretch.

The Jazz ran their win streak to nine with a 101-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, continuing to slowly work their way up the Western Conference standings.

Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 17 rebounds, looking once again like the player that led the Jazz in scoring and rebounding before he was injured in November and missed three months, and Deron Williams had 26 points and 14 assists as Utah's trademark pick-and-roll was rolling again.

"I'm getting more comfortable out there. I'm back with my teammates and we're working hard every day," said Boozer, a two-time All-Star. "Every day is an improvement. I'm trying to stay encouraged about it. I still can't jump high, but that's OK."

In other National Basketball Association games, it was: Mavericks 107, Spurs 102; Cavaliers 91, Bucks 73; Heat 135, Suns 129; Celtics 115, Nets 111; Knicks 109, Hawks 105; Thunder 88, Wizards 83; Bulls 110, Warriors 88; Trail Blazers 107, Pacers 105; and Grizzlies 118, Clippers 95.

In Salt Lake City, the Jazz outrebounded the Rockets 45-31 and went 17-for-17 from the foul line in their 10th straight win at home.

Mehmet Okur had 16 points and eight rebounds and Ronnie Brewer scored 19 for Utah.

"All of these games coming up are important with how tight the West is and we just have to keep it rolling," said Williams.

Ron Artest scored 25 points to lead Houston and Yao Ming had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists before fouling out with 1:23 left. Yao also had five blocks despite playing with foul trouble most of the night.

The Jazz improved to 2-1 against Houston and also moved within a half-game of the Rockets in the congested conference standings.

Utah and Houston have met in the first round of the playoffs the last two years and the Jazz won both. The final meeting of the regular season is on March 24 in Utah.

In Dallas, the Mavericks responded to a stern warning from their owner with an impressive victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Josh Howard scored a team-high 29 points and All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki added 24 and 12 rebounds to help the Mavericks overcome their division rivals.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had earlier criticized the team's effort and threatened to make personnel changes following an 87-96 loss to the lowly Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

Dallas (37-24) showed renewed purpose against San Antonio (40-20) and a late three-pointer from Jason Kidd gave it a 105-100 edge with 31 seconds remaining.

Point guard Tony Parker had 37 points while Roger Mason added 23 for the Spurs, who have lost three of four games.


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