Afterward, the flashy big man sported a black straw hat with feather, black leather jacket and blue-and-while skull-and-crossbones belt buckle.
"In the second half, we wanted the game," Kanter said. "We went out there to fight, fight, fight."
The bandage on his chin was evidence of that.
"It's basketball. It doesn't matter if I get hit, get 30 stitches," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and lift up my teammates. That's my job. They can hit me every game."
Overall, it was a perfect homecoming for Mo Williams, drafted by the Jazz No. 47 overall in 2003, but allowed to leave after one year.
"It was fun," said Mo Williams, who helped the Jazz to a 27-12 advantage on the fast-break and finished with six assists and two blocked shots.
But he admitted it was a lot different than opening night in 2003 as rookie.
"I couldn't sleep. I was nervous," he recalled. "It's the complete opposite now. I feel home, feel comfortable. Everything is all good now."
NOTES: Mo Williams was assessed a technical foul with 7:50 left in the first quarter after being called for a foul on Collison. ... Utah F Millsap had nine rebounds in the first quarter. ... Mo Williams grabbed the microphone before Wednesday's game, thanked the fans, and said, "I want to say how happy I am to be back." ... He played only four minutes in the first quarter after picking up his second personal foul.