Foye's 8 3-pointers lift Jazz over Nets, 116-107

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2013 at 12:22 am •  Published: March 31, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deron Williams was hoping to quiet the Utah Jazz fans on Saturday.

He only turned up the volume as the Jazz continued their playoff push with a 116-107 victory over Williams' Brooklyn Nets.

Randy Foye scored 26 points, tying a career high with eight 3-pointers, to keep Deron Williams winless against his former team.

"I can't even explain the feeling," Foye said of his record-setting night that included a franchise-record-tying five straight made 3s in the third quarter. "It feels like your body is numb. You are just out there in your own little world. Once you touch the ball and get an open look, it's like throwing a rock in the ocean."

The victory was the fourth straight for Utah (38-36), which has the same record as the Lakers but owns the tiebreaker for the eighth Western Conference spot.

Williams, meanwhile, played better than he did in his first trip back to Salt Lake City since being traded in 2011, but couldn't match the 3-point shooting of Utah. Foye made 8 of 9 overall and the Jazz hit 10 of 17 as a team to set a new franchise mark with 449 3-pointers in a season.

Williams heartily greeted his former teammates, shaking hands before and after the game and offered Foye a hug after his huge night. But he received another rude welcome from the fans.

Many believed he was the reason Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan abruptly quit in February 2011 — two weeks before the team traded their superstar point guard to the Nets.

Sloan was in his usual seat at the arena on Saturday.

"It's getting better," Williams said of the crowd. "Maybe next year I'll get some boos, maybe a couple of cheers. It's good; no animosity. I don't have anything bad to say about the fans. They're going to react and think what they want to think. I can't really change that, but I've just got a lot of love for them."

On his last trip to Utah, he started 0 of 3, was just 2 of 12 at halftime and finished with 16 points on 3-of-15 shooting as the Jazz beat the Nets 107-94 on Jan. 14, 2012.

Despite being booed every time he touched the ball, he came out much stronger Saturday. He opened 3 of 3 and had eight points in the first five minutes. But he couldn't sustain it. He finished 6 of 14, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, for 21 points, with 11 assists and two turnovers.

Brook Lopez led Brooklyn (42-31) with 27 points and C.J. Watson added 20 points off the bench.

The Jazz did everything they could to make it tough on their former teammate. Point guard Mo Williams went at him strong in the lane. And Gordon Hayward, who played alongside Deron Williams as a rookie, came up with a huge block late in the second quarter that brought the fans to their feet.