Boozer gets Utah on right track (Basketball)

November 6, 2009
Carlos Boozer

The last time the Utah Jazz played they coughed up a lead like a smoker, watching a 15-point lead go poof over the final 8 minutes.

In need of rejuvenation, Carlos Boozer came alive.

The two-time NBA All-Star from Juneau – and a 2008 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductee – put on a show for a national audience last night by getting a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds to beat Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs 113-99.

“Tonight we came back,” Boozer told the Deseret News. “Everybody had a great effort. … That’s why we won the game.”

The win saved the Jazz (2-3) from their worst start since 1982.

Much was made about Boozer checking the interest of other NBA teams over the summer before re-signing with the Jazz and he talked about winning back the crowd during a halftime interview with TNT.

Nothing is better than a Karl Malone-type performance to get the Utah fans back on your side.

“Boozer is showing that he is a leader on this team,” a fan named Matt wrote here “Since coming back he has said all the right things. I know Jazz fans hate him, but tonight proved that with Boozer playing well the Jazz can beat the best teams in the league.”

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