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News » Jazz: Millsap's streak ends

Jazz: Millsap's streak ends

Jazz: Millsap's streak ends
The longest double-double streak by a Utah Jazz player in 18 years ended Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Playing just under 22 minutes, Paul Millsap finished with nine points and seven rebounds during the Jazz's lopsided 99-82 victory over Detroit. It was Utah's third consecutive win.

Mllsap had scored at least 10 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 19 consecutive games.

For the Jazz, it was the longest double-double streak since John Stockton had doube-figure points and assists in 25 straight games midway through the 1990-91 season.

Asked if the end of his streak was important, Millsap said, "Not too important. I just play Basketball and the stats come along with it. But the main thing is we got the win and continued that streak. ? That's the big picture."

Millsap played 10 minutes under his average against Detroit -- a factor in his inability to keep his streak alive.

"? My time was limited tonight," he said. "[But] I'm not making excuses. Every good thing comes to an end."

In the second quarter, Millsap banged knees with teammate Kyle Korver and went to the bench.

"Runaway Kyle ran into it," Millsap said. "But plays like that happen."

Millsap didn't return for almost eight minutes, partly because Matt Harpring, Andrei Kirilenko and Korver gave Utah a lift off the bench. At halftime, Millsap had only three points and three rebounds.

In the third quarter, Millsap had six points and four rebounds to get within sight of another double-double. But the Jazz scored the final nine points of the period to build a 79-64 lead.

When Harpring scored six quick points in the fourth quarter and Utah's lead ballooned to 20, coach Jerry Sloan did not put Millsap or the other starters back into the game. Asked if he would have preferred a closer battle with the Pistons, Millsap laughed and said, "I wouldn't say that. I prefer this right here -- getting rest on the bench. It's good for us."

Earlier in the day, the Jazz got word that Carlos Boozer's arthroscopic knee surgery had been uneventful but that he would be sidelined at least another four weeks.

For Millsap, that means continuing as the Jazz's starting power forward, at least until the All-Star break.

"Just got to continue to press on," he said. "We can't worry about that. We hope Carlos gets a fast recovery because we need him. We're going to need him. But we've got to try and continue to win games without him." Paul Millsap's last four games

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