Rockets land in Utah
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring and the Utah Jazz welcome
Steve Francis and the Houston Rockets to the Delta Center tonight for a battle
between Midwest Division rivals.
Utah comes into tonight’s game well rested.
Andrei Kirilenko posted 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz over
Milwaukee, 99-90, Friday in front of their home crowd.
Harpring added 18 points and nine boards for the Jazz (7-6), who were able to
avoid falling under .500 for the first time this season. Raul Lopez also
contributed 18 points off the bench, as Utah improved to 6-1 at home this
Utah turned the ball over 19 times against the Bucks, but won the rebounding
The Jazz announced on Saturday that point guard Carlos Arroyo could be out up
to two weeks due to a sprained ankle.
Arroyo, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.1 assists since replacing the
retired John Stockton, injured his left ankle during Friday’s victory over
Arroyo became the fifth Puerto Rican in history to play in the NBA when he
played for the Toronto Raptors in 2001-02.
Francis posted 19 points and nine assists, as the Rockets rolled to a 105-90
victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Monday.
Yao Ming added 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who have
won three of their last four games. Maurice Taylor and Cuttino Mobley chipped
in 17 points apiece in the victory.
The Rockets haven’t lost consecutive games this season.
Houston is 4-3 on the road this season.
In 2002-03, the Jazz won three of the four contests with the Rockets.
Utah won the first two meetings, which were in Houston, then fell at home to
the Rockets, 106-76, before winning the final game 94-73 at the Delta Center
on April 9, 2003.
Overall, Utah is 19-7 at the Delta Center against the Rockets, who are just
23-48 in road games against the Jazz.