Millsap, Jefferson star as Jazz down Raptors in triple-overtime

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Paul Millsap scored 34 points, seven in the third overtime, as the Utah Jazz bounced back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth period to beat the Toronto Raptors, 140-133, Monday at Air Canada Centre.

Millsap buried 11 of 16 shots, three from beyond the arc, and had nine caroms while Al Jefferson added 24 points and 17 rebounds and forced overtime twice with a three-pointer in regulation and a 12-foot jumper in the first extra session.

Mo Williams tallied 17 points and 14 assists, Randy Foye contributed 20 and Marvin Williams had 17 for the Jazz, who improved to 4-4 and captured their first road win in five games. Derrick Favors scored 15 and Gordon Hayward added 12 for Utah.

DeMar DeRozan matched his career high with 37 points in 60 minutes of action while Jose Calderon had 20 points and 17 assists as the Raptors (1-6) dropped their fourth straight game.

Linas Kleiza chipped in 20, Andrea Bargnani had 19 and Amir Johnson contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their eighth straight home game against Utah.

The Raptors were ahead, 97-86, with seven minutes left in the game but the Jazz closed within 102-101 after a layup by Millsap.

Johnson gave Toronto a 104-101 lead with 16 seconds remaining before Jefferson buried a three-pointer to send the game to extra time.

The two teams battled toe-to-toe in the first overtime before DeRozan put the Raptors ahead, 115-113, with a dunk.

However, the Jazz responded with a jump hook from Jefferson to tie the count at 115 with 19 seconds left in the game. The Raptors had a chance to clinch the victory but DeRozan missed a jumper as time ran out.

In the second overtime, Williams sank two foul shots to give the Jazz a 125-122 advantage with seven seconds left but backup guard John Lucas sank a three-pointer to tie the count.

Williams had a chance to win it for Utah but missed a layup, sending the game to a third overtime.

In the third overtime, Millsap buried a three-pointer and Hayward added a layup to give the Jazz a 136-130 lead with less than two minutes left.

After Bargnani sank a foul shot, Jefferson made a 17-foot jumper to give the Jazz a more comfortable 138-131 lead.

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