Jazz beat Warriors to salvage winning season

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- C.J. Miles didn't have much of a rookie
season until it was just about over.

Miles scored a career-high 23 points and the Utah Jazz rallied
to beat the Golden State Warriors 105-102 on Wednesday night,
avoiding a second straight losing season.

"I came out tonight trying to get open looks. I got a few, bent
my knees and knocked them down," said Miles, a 19-year-old
shooting guard playing in his 23rd NBA game.

The Jazz finished the season 41-41, winning six of their final

Miles was the youngest member of the Jazz this season and sent
the oldest out a winner. Greg Ostertag, who plans on retiring this
summer, ended his career by watching all but 3:36 of Wednesday's

Ostertag finished with one rebound, one block and no points. He
was the only Utah player who was on the roster during the Jazz'
Western Conference championship teams of 1997 and 1998.

"We got the win. Every season I've played (here) we haven't had
a losing record," Ostertag said. "It's only .500 but it's still
not a losing record."

Ostertag played for the Jazz all but one of his 11 years,
spending last season with the Sacramento Kings as Utah sputtered to
a 26-56 finish.

Ostertag's return in a summer trade didn't have much to do with
Utah's improvement to 41-41, but he was glad to end his career
where it started. He received a loud ovation from the Utah fans,
who had been critical of his inconsistent play since the Jazz took
him in the first round of the 1995 draft.

"I've had my ups and downs, but I believe in my heart that I've
had more ups than downs," Ostertag said. "I can't complain.
Eleven years is a long time."

Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Mehmet Okur
scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer that put Utah ahead to stay
with 38 seconds left.

Monta Ellis scored 27 for Golden State and had a chance to put
the game into overtime, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off
the rim.

Derek Fisher scored 20, making a 3 with about 12 seconds left to
pull Golden State back within 103-102 before Miles made both his
free throws with 8.2 seconds left.

The Warriors finished 34-48, the same as a year ago when they
ended the season by beating the Jazz in the final game of the
season. Golden State's playoff drought is at 12 years.

"This isn't like college where you are building character and
molding people," coach Mike Montgomery said. "This is wins and
losses and you better figure that out pretty quick."

Golden State led by 10 late in the third quarter, but couldn't
sustain it.

Ike Diogu scored 20, Mike Dunleavy finished with 15 points and
the Warriors used just eight players. Troy Murphy was the only
Warrior to dress but not play.

Ostertag entered the game along with Miles -- who is 14 years
younger than the veteran center -- early in the first quarter.

Miles had never played more than 23 minutes and his previous
scoring high was nine. He played 33 minutes and finished 8-for-13
from the field.

"He's probably saying, 'Why haven't I played all year?" Jazz
coach Jerry Sloan said. "I was asking the same thing."

Deron Williams, who was also finishing his rookie season, had 13
assists and 12 points for Utah, which missed the playoffs for the
third straight year.

"It doesn't take away the feeling of not making the playoffs,
but it helps," Williams said.

The Jazz closed the third quarter with a 14-4 run to tie the
game at 77 entering the final period. Golden State led much of the
fourth, but couldn't stop Boozer or Miles at the end.

Boozer scored eight in a row for Utah, making a one-handed dunk
that put the Jazz up 96-95. There was a commotion right after the
play below the Jazz basket as security guards wrestled a fan to the

The scuffle didn't stop the game and Dunleavy made two free
throws with 46 seconds left to put the Warriors back up by a point,
but Okur got open outside the arc and hit his only 3-pointer of the
night to give the lead back to Utah for good.

Game notes
Andrei Kirilenko (back) missed his second straight game for
Utah. ... Okur played in all 82 games for the second straight
season. ... Jazz broadcaster Rod Hundley did not attend the game,
two days after his wife, Florence, died Monday after a battle with
cancer. ... Golden State had won four straight.