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News » Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-01As part of their home opener festivities, the Jazz had senior staffers, including general manager Kevin O'Connor, greet fans arriving at EnergySolutions Arena for Friday's game against the Clippers.

Had he bid fans goodbye on their way out afterward, O'Connor might have heard thanks for re-signing Paul Millsap, who was worth every bit of his $32 million contract in the fourth quarter of the Jazz's victory.

Millsap sent the Jazz into the fourth quarter with an acrobatic three-point play put-back, then scored 14 of his 23 points in the final period.

He was active at both ends of the play as the Jazz broke open the game, mixing hustle plays and jumpers with blocks and steals. He stuffed Baron Davis on a lay-up bid and followed by crossing over Chris Kaman with a dribble and hitting a jumper.

"He scores in bunches," Deron Williams said. "He's one of those guys that gets hot and starts feeling it and he did that at the right time (Friday night)."

Millsap's performance was especially encouraging as he tries to find his niche coming off the Jazz, playing behind Carlos Boozer and trying to live up to a contract that paid him more than $10 million upfront.

The Jazz have played Millsap out of position at times as a small forward, with Millsap hitting jumpers out of the spot Friday as part of his run, as well as alongside Boozer in an undersized frontcourt.

Millsap outscored the Clippers' bench 23-16 by himself Friday and will have a chance to build on his effort Monday as the Jazz host the Rockets.

JAZZ 111, CLIPPERS 98: In danger of watching a game slip away in the third quarter for the second time to open the season, the Jazz regrouped behind Millsap and held the Clippers to just 38 points in the second half, following a 60-point first half. It was the Jazz's 35th victory in 36 games all-time against the Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena.

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