Perhaps Memo is "money" again.
Mehmet Okur was scoreless in his season-opening game at Golden State last Tuesday. He made five of 13 shots against Houston Thursday.
After a 2007 playoff run scoring just 11.8 a game, the outside-shooting Utah Jazz center known last season for his clutch 3-pointers took some heat for not being his take-it-to-the-bank self.
But Saturday night in EnergySolutions Arena, Okur took advantage of Golden State trying to smother power forward Carlos Boozer inside and scored 28 points, from inside and outside, on 9-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-3 on threes.
"They weren't going to let me do 30 again," said Boozer, who had 12 in Saturday's 133-110 win over the Warriors.
"Memo had a great third quarter (13 points) and even hit some shots in the fourth quarter (1-for-1 but three free throws), and that's how we won the game," said Boozer, who also noted the 16-point fourth quarter and 30-point game from point guard Deron Williams.
"It was good for them to get hot. (Golden State) did a really good job of clamping the middle, so we got open shots, and Memo and D-Will were just knocking down shots over and over again," Boozer said.
Okur hadn't put up 28 or more points since March 10 when he had 29 against New Orleans-Oklahoma City. His biggest playoff game in three series was 23 against Golden State on May 9.
To Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, the fast pace of Saturday's game probably helped Okur.
"When you walk up and down the floor which we've all had a tendency to do, and he's part of that you're not going to get into a rhythm of being able to shoot," Sloan said.
With the whole team playing a little quicker, the rhythm was there for the taking.
"He shot the ball in a lot better rhythm tonight," Sloan said. "He caught it and shot it. He wasn't hesitating on it. That's when he shoots much better."
Williams said he "wouldn't worry about Memo. The first game was a little bit of a struggle for him, and it's hard to get your confidence back when you have a donut in your first game. I'm glad he came out hot today. Had some great looks. (He) knocked them down."
Okur said he felt much more confidence in his shot, more even than he'd had on Thursday when he hit the kind of important 3-pointer for which he was known last season. That one cut Houston's lead to 92-87, but he missed a later three, but by then the Rockets were already drawing away for what became a 106-95 Jazz loss to begin their home season.
Okur couldn't say why his stroke seems to be coming back, other than that he practices every day.
"I really feel confidence on my shot," he said Saturday, adding his confidence was "way better" than in the Houston game.
"I took my lesson from first and second game. I was more comfortable out there. Once I score, my teammates look for me, kept passing the ball in my hands, so it really felt good."
He said he simply tried to use the 0-fer game at Golden State Tuesday as a learning experience. In that game, he was hampered by three early fouls and totaled only 16 playing minutes and missed all three shots that he took.
"That's in the past," he said of the Jazz's only appearance in Oakland this regular season. "I look forward (to) play every night. I felt great tonight. My teammates did great job. They create open shots for me."
And this time he only had two fouls in the entire game and was able to stay in the flow of play much more.
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