Chris Paul slices and dices Jazz in 107-105 win

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 11:34 p.m. MST

But the big difference between this stinging setback and the Jazz's 108-79 blowout win two weeks earlier was very visible from early on.

Paul. Paul. Paul.

The New Orleans transplant, who struggled against the bigger Williams, punished the Jazz interior defense and made Utah pay from outside as well, racking up 18 points with two 3-pointers and eight assists in the opening two quarters.

Utah held the lead for most of the second quarter thanks to a monster 19-2 run, with the Junior Jazz team (Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks) each contributing.

Both of the Jazz's main point guards were injured in the game. Harris (eight points, four assists) exited to be attended to in the training room during the game. He returned, but the Jazz's second-unit sparkplug, Earl Watson (eight assists), did not come back after crumpling onto the court late in the third with a sprained left ankle.

Watson did travel to Oakland for the Jazz's game against the Warriors. However, starting shooting guard Raja Bell, who also missed this one with a strained right adductor, did not make the trip.

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