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The Utah Jazz end the season, for the 22nd time in 23 years, with a record for 500 or better after defeating the Golden State Warriors in front of a Delta Center crowd to end the 2005-06 season. Carlos Boozer lead the Jazz with 26 points, 12 of which came in the 4th quarter, and Mehmet Okur and seldom used guard C.J. Miles added 23 each.

The Warriors entered the game having won two straight meetings in Utah against the Jazz, a place where the Warriors had previously not won since 1994. The Warriors were lead by rookies Monta Ellis who had 27, and Ike Diogu who had 20. The Warriors lead most of the way, and for most of the third quarter by 10.

The game starter very fast paced but sloppy, both teams were attacking the basket but turning the ball over in doing so. The Jazz seemed disinterested in the outcome of the game, and quickly fell behind. After the end of the first quarter the Warriors lead 36-27.

The Jazz rallied early in the second quarter behind Miles who scored four points and two crucial jumpers, and Jarron Collins added a jumper and a lay-up to give the Jazz a 4-point lead in the middle of the second quarter.

Monte Ellis and Ike Diogu would cause the Jazz problems all night long. Ellis would drive to the basket nearly every play and either score or pass it off to Diogu for a dunk.

The Jazz would miss 11 straight free throws, a streak that extended from the late first quarter until the last seconds of the third. Utah even had straight misses by some of its better Free throw shooters, Okur, Brown and Miles all missed a pair during this stretch.

With the score tied with about two minutes to go, the Warriors went on an 8-2 run to give themselves a 56-48 half-time lead.

The second half began the same way the first half ended, the Warriors were able to build up a lead of 8-12 points and sit comfortably, as the Jazz were unable to do anything to get closer.

Midway through the third quarter the Jazz subbed in Miles for starter Devin Brown, usually starter Andrei Kirilenko missed the game with back spasms. Shortly after the substitution the Jazz began to make their run. Miles hit a pair of midrange jumpers to get the Jazz within eight. Than with the shot clocking running down Miles, hit a three pointer to get the Jazz within five. Seconds later Deron Williams, who had a career high 13 assists, hit another three pointer to bring the Jazz within two. On the Jazz next possession Carlos Boozer was fouled, and ended Utah’s missed free throw streak with a pair to tie the game at 77, as the third quarter ended.

With the momentum now in the Jazz hands the Jazz began to take control of the game. Utah took its first lead of the second half with an Okur jump shot early in the 4th.

The Warriors would battle back, and take a lead after Ellis drove to the hoops and was fouled. The teams would battle back and fourth for the entirety of the 4th quarter. Every time the Warriors would get a lead, the Jazz would answer with a three pointer by Harpring or Miles.

With the Warriors leading 92-91 Carlos Boozer dunked home the ball to give the Jazz a 93-92 lead. The Warriors would hit a pair of free throw moments later, but Okur would hit a three pointer with 38 seconds left to give the Jazz the lead for good.

The Warriors would foul the Jazz ever possession thereafter, but Williams(2-2) and Miles(4-4) would make the free throws and insure the Jazz the 105-103 victory.

The Warriors only dressed eight players for the game. Andrei Kirilenko missed his 14th game of the season, the Jazz are 3-11 when he does not play. C.J. Miles scored 23 points in his 23 career game

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    Written By:
    Bran Faurschou