Lance Murphey, Associated Press
Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, passes the ball between Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, back, and Darko Milicic on Saturday night.

MEMPHIS — It wasn't long before coach Jerry Sloan said enough is enough.

Two minutes and 39 seconds, to be exact.

That's how long, or little, the Jazz played before Sloan called his first timeout Saturday night.

Yet it wasn't until after another timeout, with the NBA Southwest Division's last-place Memphis Grizzlies still hanging tight in the fourth quarter, that Utah finally was able to pull away en route to a 113-92 win at FedEx Forum here.

As a result, the Northwest Division-leading Jazz snapped a three-game road losing streak and won away from home (where they've taken 15 straight) for the first time since before the mid-February NBA All-Star Game break.

"It's a road victory," said point guard Deron Williams, who dished 19 of the Jazz's 37 assists Saturday — the most by a Grizzlies opponent this season.

"You know, road victories are hard to come by — especially this year," added Williams, the memory of recent losses to division bottom feeders Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers still obviously fresh in his mind. "So we'll take them anyway we can get 'em."

In the case, it was the hard way for the 38-22 Jazz — who were on the tail end of a grueling stretch with four games over five nights in four different cities.

"We came out and struggled again in the first quarter, which we're kind of making a habit of, and got to get away from, because we're not gonna be able to live like that," Williams said.

Memphis (14-45) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, prompting Sloan to call a rather uncharacteristically early timeout.

"Usually Coach wants us to play through it, but he's learning we have to take timeouts to cut off the momentum a little bit," said Jazz All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer, who finished with a team-high 18 points despite late foul trouble. "So that was a good timeout."

"I was disappointed in what we were doing," added Sloan, whose club is now 4-3 since the All-Star break and faces Dallas on Monday at home. "We didn't understand. They came up and up-screened us, and we didn't call it out and just let the guy get buried on it. That was the thing that concerned me the most."

Fast-forward to the fourth quarter, and Sloan still had cause for concern.

Memphis — which led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter — trailed by just four after Kyle Lowry hit a pull-up jumper to make it 82-78 Jazz with 8:50 remaining.

Fifteen seconds after a timeout called with 8:40 to go, Boozer went to the bench with his fifth foul, Darko Milicic hit two free throws and Utah's lead stood at just two, 82-80.

But the Jazz responded.

"We just tried to stay calm," Williams said, "and I thought we did a good job after that timeout."

Center Mehmet Okur scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock.

"Dagger," Williams said of the trey from Okur, who posted a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Okur was one of seven Jazz scorers in double figures, joined not only by Boozer and Williams, but also Kyle Korver, whose 17 points included 4-of-7 shooting from behind the long-distance line; Andrei Kirilenko and Ronnie Brewer, who added 16 apiece and shot a combined 13-of-16 from the field; and Paul Millsap, whose 14 included 6-for-8 field shooting.

Korver followed Okur's 3-pointer with a 14-foot bank shot, igniting an 11-0 Jazz run. By the time it was done, and Millsap had followed a Kirilenko-fed dunk with a free throw, the Jazz were comfortably up by 15 at 98-83.

Some of the credit went to Korver, who helped Utah bust a frustrating Memphis zone.

"We knew once we figured their zone out we were gonna be fine," Boozer said.

"He (Korver) makes teams get out of the zone," Williams added. "With him and Memo (Okur) at opposite corners, you've got to respect them. You've got to get out to those guys, and it opens everything up. They don't pay attention to him and they fall asleep for a second, he makes you pay."

But most of the kudos went to Williams, whose 19 assists — one off his season high, and two shy of his career high — tied Golden State's Baron Davis for the most by an individual player against the Grizzlies this season.

"D-Will did a great job of getting everybody involved," Boozer said.

"D-Will had a terrific game in being able to get the ball to people for easy shots," Sloan added. "(He) was able to get the ball up and get us in a penetrating area a lot of times. He did it against the zone, and made some great passes for inside baskets. I think that was the key to it."

And Sloan didn't need to take any time out at all to make that call.


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