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Burks lifts Jazz to 105-100 win over 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There are times when Alec Burks is driving to the hoop and he has no idea what he's going to do.

"I surprise myself on some of these shots I make," Utah's reserve guard said.

The Jazz breathed a collective sigh of relief when Burks put together a string of circus shots after the rest of the team had gone cold.

Burks scored 10 of his 26 points in the final two minutes to lift the Jazz to a 105-100 win over the skidding Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

"Alec did a great job closing the game out for us, attacking the basket," said Utah coach Ty Corbin after the Jazz endured a six-minute scoreless stretch with seven missed shots and two turnovers.

The game was tied 91-1ll when the Jazz looked to Burks to create some offense. The guard made a number of acrobatic drives to the basket and capped a personal 9-0 run with a soaring dunk to make it 100-91 with 22 seconds to play.

Utah's top scorer off the bench got to the free throw line with his aggressive play, making 13 of 14 from the stripe in 22 minutes of play.

"I relish contact. I really was just trying to be aggressive," Burks said. "That's my game, going to the hoop."

His clutch scoring extended Utah's season-best winning streak to three and sent the Sixers to their ninth straight road loss to the Jazz.

Evan Turner scored 21 points and Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young had 19 apiece for Philadelphia. The 76ers lost their eighth straight, the last two by more than 40 points while nearly matching the NBA mark for the largest total margin of defeat in consecutive games.

Philadelphia has given up nearly 116 points per game over the eight-game skid.

Gordon Hayward scored 17 and Marvin Williams had 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds as the Jazz had six players score in double figures. The problem was that no one could find the hoop in the middle of the fourth quarter when they surrendered a 14-point lead.

Burks hit a 3-pointer and Richard Jefferson stole a pass and dunked for an 85-71 lead with 10:02 to play.

The 76ers then rallied, extending their defense and holding the Jazz scoreless for more than six minutes during a 13-0 run. Spencer Hawes tipped in his own miss to cap the run and then Carter-Williams converted a three-point play after Trey Burke broke Utah's drought to tie the game at 91 with 2:10 to play.

Burks had 24 to lead the Jazz over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday and then continued his instant offense in the second half the back-to-back set. Utah's reserves outscored their Philadelphia counterparts, 56-10.

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