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Short-handed Utah rallies for 2-0 lead
Derek Fisher missed most of the first three quarters because of a family illness, then scored all five of his points in overtime to lead the Jazz to a 127-117 victory and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
By Times wires
Published May 10, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - Even short-handed, the Jazz outran the Warriors.
Derek Fisher missed most of the first three quarters because of a family illness, then scored all five of his points in overtime to lead Utah to a 127-117 victory and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
The Jazz overcame the loss of rookie guard Dee Brown to a neck injury and had to rally to force the overtime after Golden State went on a 12-1 run late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors missed six free throws in the quarter, three after taking the late lead.
It was an emotional night for the Jazz. Fisher has been away from the team for two days as his daughter underwent cancer surgery in New York. The team left him on the active list, a move that became dicey when Brown went down.
"It's been unbelievable, " Fisher said. "My daughter's doing very well. She had a successful operation today in New York. I got off the plane and got into the game. I'm speechless."
The Jazz again had to play at the Warriors' pace, but Deron Williams, who had 14 assists and 17 points, hit a crucial 3-pointer as Utah opened the overtime with a 7-2 run. Golden State scored only four points in the extra five minutes.
GOLDEN STATE (117): Richardson 9-20 4-7 27, Barnes 3-12 4-4 12, Biedrins 1-1 2-2 4, Jackson 4-18 8-10 18, Davis 13-22 6-7 36, Harrington 7-15 1-2 17, Ellis 0-1 1-2 1, Pietrus 1-1 0-3 2. Totals 38-90 26-37 117.
3-Point Goals-Golden State 15-40 (Richardson 5-10, Davis 4-9, Harrington 2-5, Barnes 2-6, Jackson 2-10), Utah 7-16 (Okur 3-7, Giricek 2-2, Fisher 1-1, Williams 1-2, Harpring 0-1, Brown 0-1, Kirilenko 0-2). Fouled Out-Kirilenko. Rebounds-Golden State 42 (Barnes 7), Utah 67 (Okur 18). Assists-Golden State 15 (Davis 7), Utah 31 (Williams 14). Total Fouls-Golden State 29, Utah 29. Technicals-Davis. A-19, 911. (19, 911).
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