TORONTO – Mehmet Okur had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 99-84 victory over the winless Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Rookies Deron Williams and Andre Owens each added 15 points for the Jazz, whose commitment to winning was questioned by coach Jerry Sloan after a loss to New Jersey on Wednesday night.

Okur managed just two points in 15 minutes against the Nets, and did not grab a single rebound. He had nine points in the fourth against Toronto.

Chris Bosh had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, 0-5 for the first time in their 11-year history. The fans booed the Raptors off the court after the game.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell threatened to bench players after their previous loss, and he did. Centers Loren Woods and Rafael Araujo, who both averaging a point a game, didn’t play. Mitchell started Aaron Williams instead, but he didn’t fare much better. Williams got into foul trouble early and finished with two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.

Owens scored nine points in the second quarter to help Utah open up a 12-point lead.

The Raptors repeatedly cut their deficit to eight or nine in the second half, but Okur kept putting the Jazz out of reach with outside jumpers.

His 3-pointer and two free throws gave Utah a 97-84 lead with less than a minute left.

Notes: One fan helped a sign that read “For Rent, Raptor fan.” … The Raptors activated forward Pop Sow before the game, but didn’t use him. … Sloan benched Okur in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss.

AP-ES-11-11-05 2142EST


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