Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Andray Blatche had 25 and Deron Williams added 19, as Williams won a game in Utah for the first time since being traded to the Nets.
After the game, Williams talked about getting a win in his old stomping grounds.
[sny-box]"To get a win here, it feels really good. [...] It was a team victory for us. Dray, Joe, they put us on our back, they made some big plays to get us back in. We were down, but not out. Those guys brought us back. "[/sny-box]
Johnson scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half, while Blatche had 12 of his 25, and Williams had 11 of his 19 after halftime. The Nets outscored the Jazz 57-43 after the break, shooting 51.3 percent from the field combined in the third and fourth quarters, holding Utah to just 41.5 percent shooting in that span.
Johnson had his best game in awhile, shooting 5-of-7 in the second half and 10-of-16 overall, as the rest from the All-Star break seemed to do a lot of good for him.
Meanwhile, D-Will had seven assists and only one turnover, as Williams, Johnson, and Shaun Livingston combined to dish out 20 assists with only three turnovers.
Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko had three steals apiece, in what was also Kirilenko's first career win as a visiting player in Utah. The Nets forced 18 Jazz turnovers, compared to Utah's 20 assists. Brooklyn had 25 assists and only six turnovers.
With Brooklyn in the midst of a tough west coast road trip to start the second half of the season, this was a solid win to kick it off on a good note. They had a strong second half in Utah, and hopefully that trend continues in the bigger picture as well.