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[March 09, 2009]  TORONTO (AP) -- Deron Williams had 25 points and nine assists, Mehmet Okur had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 109-101 on Sunday for their 11th straight win.

Utah matched its longest winning streak since an 11-game run from April 1-18, 1999.

Paul Millsap had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Korver matched a season-high with 20 and Andrei Kirilenko had 18 for the Jazz, who have won eight straight over Toronto.

Chris Bosh had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, with Andrea Bargnani scoring 20 and Jose Calderon adding 10 points and 11 assists.

Anthony Parker scored 16 points but Toronto still lost its fifth straight.

Bosh scored 15 in the third quarter and the Raptors took an 87-81 lead into the final quarter. But after a Jason Kapono jumper to begin the fourth, Kirilenko scored six straight points to bring the Jazz back.

Utah took the lead with 6:33 remaining. After a mad scramble for a loose ball that lasted half the court, the Jazz won the jump ball, sending Kirilenko in alone for a layup.


The Raptors were outscored 28-14 in the fourth, shooting 6-for-19.

Millsap started for Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, who missed the game with a sore ankle.

Boozer returned to the lineup on Feb. 23 after missing 44 games because of a strained quadriceps tendon and knee surgery. He is averaging 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds in 18 games.

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Bargnani started 3-for-4 but picked up his second foul at 6:06 of the first and had to spend the rest of the quarter on the bench. Utah led 29-26 after one.

After scoring seven points in the first, Korver had eight more in the second for Utah, but Joey Graham came off the bench to score seven for the Raptors as Toronto pulled to within 49-48 at the half.

Notes: Bosh was called for a technical for arguing a foul call late in the first. ... Toronto held its opponent below 50 first-half points for the first time in eight games.

[Associated Press]

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