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Official postgame quotes following the Jazz's 125-108 home victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.Notes: The Jazz are now 22-7 all-time vs. the Raptors and 12-3 in Salt Lake City and have now beaten the Raptors 11 straight times...Utah opened the game on a 23-9 run and finished with a season-high 41 points in the quarter...The Jazz also set season highs for points in a half (66), highest field goal percent in a quarter (68% in the first) and highest field goal percent in a half (61%)...Deron Williams nearly eclipsed his season-high for points in the first quarter with 14 (season-high for a game is 17)...Williams finished the night with 22 points...Al Jefferson's 27 points were also a season- high...Ronnie Price chipped in with a season-high 11 points...In the team's first four games, the Jazz have out-assisted opponents 102-69.
Jerry Sloan – Head Coach (2-2)On the game"The first half of the basketball game was really exciting. I thought we did a great job executing our offense and getting baskets that were worthwhile. I thought it was one of the better defensive first halves I have seen us play. It felt good to see us do that."
"I thought we played awfully well in OKC, but times tonight we played a little bit better than what we did over there. It was really refreshing. I thought we held our composure pretty well. DWill was terrific getting guys the basketball. C.J. making shots. Ronnie Price played an excellent game. Guys that started, all of those people."
On C.J. Miles' play"C.J. made those shots that were heartbreakers for the other team and certainly warmed our heart when they went in. Those were some big shots that C.J. made, big plays. That's what we need out of him. He is a very talented guy. He has gotten a lot better. He just keeps working at it. He makes himself even better."
Ronnie Price – Guard (11 points, 3 assists)On the start to the game
"Deron (Williams) was picking apart their defense. He, Paul (Millsap) and Al (Jefferson) had the pick-and- roll going early so (Toronto) had to start helping and when they helped, Deron found the open guy, that's why he is such a great point guard. We came out with a win and that's the most important thing."
On the slow start in the third quarter"Teams that start out slow usually make a run and (Toronto) did that in the third. It's the way you react to that run to find out if you're a good team or not. Tonight, we fought and made some key plays on defense and came out on top."Al Jefferson – Center (27 points, 6 rebounds)Back to back strong starts"It's defense. We get stops, we run, and get easy baskets. It proved in the third quarter when we stopped getting stops, stopped getting easy baskets, they came back. So when we started back getting stops, the baskets came. I think that's the whole key to it."
On clicking with Deron Williams"It's getting a lot better. It's getting better and better by the day. I'm learning to read him. I'm learning to know if he does one thing, I do this. It's coming along easy, but still has a ways to go."
On getting first win in front of the home crowd"Oh they deserve it. We cheated them that first game. They didn't deserve that. We just wanted to come and give them a nice show."
On C.J. Miles"C.J. could start on any team in this league. We got him coming off the bench, so that's a big plus for us. He's a great player, he's a great leader for that second unit."
C.J. Miles – Guard (19 points, 3 rebounds)On third quarter buzzer-beater"I just wanted to get it up as high as I could, to give it a chance to roll down, hit the glass, whatever it may be. Deron and I connected right before the play and he said 'I'm going to tap it right back to you, just try to get a clean look at the basket.' It was more luck than skill though."
On turning the game around"That's my job. Coming off the bench I know what's going on so I should be able to come in and make an immediate impact. That's the role Coach put me in and we talked about it and he said that's what he wants me to do. And if I can change the game, I'm going to do it."
Deron Williams – Guard (22 Points, 14 Assists)On the team's rhythm and chemistry the last two games"Things are getting better and we've got two wins from them. We're getting out and running more, pushing the ball and getting easy looks. A lot of it just comes from the energy and intensity, especially in the first half tonight. I thought we played good basketball; about as good as we can play. Any time you get up 20 on a team in the first half it's hard to sustain that because teams will make a run, which they did, but the most important thing is we were able to get the lead back up to 20."
On his overall play during the last two games"Everything is more open right now. Guys are in rhythm and setting screens and all those things help me. I haven't shot the ball well yet so I am just waiting for that to come around."Notes: The Raptors lost to the Jazz for the eleventh consecutive time...Reggie Evans leads the league in rebounding, yet he was outrebounded by Deron Williams (8-6)...Toronto gave up an opponent season-high for points in the quarter (41 in the first)...The 23-point first half deficit that Toronto faced was it's highest of the season...Toronto whittled the 23-point deficit down to one point at 81-80 with 2:17 left in the third...Toronto allowed opponent season-high's in points (125), field goal percentage (56.5%), and assists (29)...Toronto had a season-low in assists (16)...Toronto allowed six Jazz players to score in double figures.
Jay Triano Head Coach (1-3)On the game"We've got to be better off the start there. We turned the ball over and they made us pay. We had 16 turnovers for 26 points. This team is going to make you pay when you turn the ball over. We turned it over in the first quarter and they ran out. We missed some shots and they ran out on that. It was transition mostly in the first quarter. "
On the Jazz this season"We don't ever try to slow it down. We try to play and if there is an option shot we are going to take it. When you take a quick shot and they rebound it, they're going to go. We had a couple of those early and used the timeout to try and get us back but they rolled in that first quarter. These guys are good down in the post. They went at us and in the low post area when we brought help to stay in the game they kick out threes. This team does not shoot a lot of threes but they did tonight and there's nothing we can do about it."
DeMar DeRozan – Guard (16 Points, 2 Rebounds)On their lack of defense tonight
"We've got to stop transition points. They got a lot of fast break points on us tonight and that's what really killed us. They executed off our turnovers and got going."
On the team's turnovers tonight"Things like that (turnovers) kill us especially against a good transition team like the Utah Jazz so we've just got to get better."
Andrea Bargnani – Center (26 Points, 9 Rebounds)On getting off to a slow start tonight
"I don't know what the cause (of slow start) was but that was definitely a big thing in the game. You can't afford to start like that especially against a team like Utah who plays great together. They're really tough to play even in a normal situation, but to let them score more than 40 points in the first quarter you can't do much after that."
On what the biggest breakdown was defensively"They press the ball unbelievable, they run plays and make good cuts and we played bad defense in the first quarter. We were too soft and allowed them to do what they wanted to do." Brian T. Smith