Thursday , Nov , 27 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – November 27

=== Utah Jazz Team Report – November 27 ===

(Sports Network) – Raul Lopez scored eight of his 10 points during a key
fourth-quarter run, as the Utah Jazz held on for an 83-76 victory over Houston
on Wednesday at the Delta Center.

Andrei Kirilenko added 23 points for the Jazz, who have won four of their last
six games, improving to a surprising 8-6 record. Maurice Williams contributed
10 points off the bench in the win.

Yao Ming spent much of the game at the free throw line, which is where he was
when he made 1-of-2 to pull Houston within 69-67 with 4:04 remaining in the
game. But the Jazz responded with a 12-6 spurt to take an eight-point lead
with less than a minute to play.

Kirilenko’s bucket sparked the burst and gave Utah a 71-67 advantage. Houston
responded at the other end when Eric Piatkowski drained a three-pointer to
make it 71-70, but Lopez kept the Jazz afloat with the first of his two key
threes in the game.

Another Lopez bucket around the 2:00 mark extended the Utah advantage to
76-70, and after Yao’s bucket made it a four-point game, Lopez calmly drained
his second three-pointer for a 79-72 lead with 1:49 to play.

Jim Jackson’s free throw got Houston within 79-73, but Kirilenko ended the
Utah run with a rebound dunk to make it a 81-73, and the outcome was never in

The Jazz are off until Friday when they host Ronald Murray and the Seattle