Carlos Boozer had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 14 points and 15 assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the Charlotte Bobcats 128-106 on Tuesday night.
Mehmet Okur also had a double-double for Utah with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Jazz pulled away after letting a 20-point lead slip to three early in the fourth quarter. Matt Harpring added a season-high 18 points and Kyle Korver scored 10, hitting three 3-pointers after the Bobcats rallied to make it close.
Jason Richardson scored 26 and Gerald Wallace added 21 points for the Bobcats, who lost their sixth straight road game.
Utah outrebounded Charlotte 49-28 and forced 21 turnovers while improving to 31-4 at home and extending its lead over idle Denver in the Northwest Division to 3 1/2 games. The Jazz shot 54 percent and were able to outscore the Bobcats 36-34 in the fourth quarter, when neither team was playing much defense.
The Bobcats also hurt themselves by going 25-for-33 from the foul line.
Earl Boykins added 14 points and Raymond Felton had 13 points and six assists for the Bobcats, who didn't make a field goal for the last 5:26 of the second quarter and still were able to make it close.
Charlotte had just ended a five-game losing streak on Saturday and trailed by 20 entering the fourth quarter, but gave the Jazz a scare early in the fourth.
Charlotte scored the first eight points of the third quarter, but let the Jazz go off on several big runs and Utah led 92-72 at the end of three. Charlotte finally made a lasting run early in the fourth quarter, getting within three before the Jazz regrouped.
Boykins and Wallace hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 14-0 run for Charlotte, cutting Utah's lead to 101-98 after Richardson's two free throws with 6:15 remaining. Kirilenko finally ended Utah's drought on a layup with 5:55 left and drew a foul. He missed the free throw, but Boozer got the rebound and Korver hit a wide-open 3-pointer to put Utah up 106-98. Wallace scored on a layup, then Korver hit another 3, Kirilenko scored on a goaltending call and Boozer dunked off a pick-and-roll with Williams to put Utah up 113-102.
Korver added his third 3-pointer of the period and the Jazz continued to pull away after the close call.
Notes: The Jazz and Bobcats have split every season series since Charlotte joined the league. ... Charlotte didn't score for the last 3:39 of the second quarter. ... Richardson scored 14 in the first quarter 10 more than any other Bobcat. ... The Jazz were just 2-for-9 from 3-point range before going 4-for-6 in the fourth quarter.