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Utah Jazz roll past Warriors, close in on Nuggets

OAKLAND, Calif. — If they still are ticked about the surprise Thursday morning practice in New Orleans following back-to-back road wins, it didn't show.

If they're still not over Thursday afternoon's trade of starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to Memphis, it wasn't evident either.

What was obvious, though, is the Jazz weren't about to let petty peeves or personal disappointment alter their recent winning ways.

At least not this night.

Utah on Friday beat Golden State 100-89 in a late-starting West Coast game at Oracle Arena, doing so in fashion convincing enough it didn't really hint at the recent wrenches thrown its way.

Even if there was one really big one.

"We were down," power forward Carlos Boozer said afterward.

"Losing Ronnie Brewer, he's like our family member," Boozer added. "He's a brother to all of us. He's been here for four years, started his whole career (in Utah). ... We miss Ronnie, man. You saw that tonight."

Boozer led the Jazz with a 30-point, 16-rebound double-double, Andrei Kirilenko added 22 points and C.J. Miles scored 16 off the bench.

The 15-39 Warriors did cut a 27-point Jazz lead in the third quarter to as few as 10 with two minutes and 44 seconds left in the fourth, but Utah led by double-digits throughout the second half.

Playing for the third time on a four-game trip that ends Sunday night at Portland, the 35-19 Jazz won for the third straight time, sixth straight on the road, the 12th in the last 13 outings and 16th in their last 18.

The victory combined with a Denver loss at Washington on Friday night pushed Utah to just a half-game behind the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets for second-best record in the West.

In their first game since Brewer was dealt on deadline day for a protected 2011 first-round draft pick, the Jazz led by as many as nine points in the first quarter and by as many as 23 during a second period, which they opened with a 28-2 run before winning the quarter 31-10.

"We got layups, a lot of points in the paint (16 of the 31) in that second quarter," Boozer said. "That set the tone for us."

With Boozer scoring 18 points in the first half alone and Miles contributing 13 before the break, Utah went into the second half up 18 at 59-41.

Coming off the bench behind small forward Kirilenko, who scored 12 points himself in the first half, Miles had 10 in the first quarter alone, shooting 4-for-5 from the field in the period, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Boozer scored 12 of his points during the breakaway second quarter, doing so on 6-of-9 field-goal shooting while also pulling down six rebounds during those 12 minutes.

Utah led throughout the third quarter by at least 18, and by as many as 27 when point guard Deron Williams, who finished with 11 assists, hit the second of two free throws to make it 78-51.

"It feels good," Williams said. "We want to keep it going. We want to have as little hiccups as possible, and keep it going."

NOTES: The pick Utah acquired from Memphis in the Brewer trade is lottery-protected, meaning the Jazz will get it in 2011 only if the Grizzlies make the playoffs next season and stay out of the NBA's lottery. ... Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said it's protected through the 12th spot in the draft in 2012, the 10th spot in 2013 and the ninth spot in 2014 and 2015. If the pick hasn't been conveyed after 2015, the Jazz will receive an undisclosed amount of cash. ... Sloan explained his decision to start, at least for now, undrafted Matthews in Brewer's old spot at shooting guard, rather than Miles or Kyle Korver, both of whom underwent preseason surgery: "I thought he (Matthews) played pretty well (earlier this season), and (then) guys starting coming back, and (we) started moving guys around a little bit to try to find out where we were. We'll see how it goes." ... Matthews finished with six points and shot 3-for-9 in 24 minutes. ... Guard Monta Ellis returned for Golden State after missing three straight games with a sprained left knee. ... Ex-Jazz player Thurl Bailey addressed a group of LDS faithful who attended Friday's game.