Utah Jazz Team Report – January 21
=== Utah Jazz Team Report – January 21 ===
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz dropped their third straight game on
Tuesday with a 96-75 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Center.
Maurice Williams scored a game-high 20 points for Utah, which played the game
without Andrei Kirilenko, who is nursing an ankle injury. However, center Greg
Ostertag returned to the lineup after serving his one-game suspension for
Saturday’s fight with Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Of the 15 players currently on the Jazz roster, nine have missed games due to
injuries and illnesses. Paul Grant just joined the team, and three others
(Maurice Williams and Sasha Pavlovic and center Jarron Collins) have missed
games due to coach’s decision.
That leaves reserve guards Raja Bell and Raul Lopez as the only Jazz players
to appear in every game.
Utah pulled to 70-57 by the end of the third, but Denver opened the fourth
with an 8-0 run on two 3-pointers by Rodney White and a jumper by Earl Boykins
and was never threatened the rest of the way.
The loss was the first for the Jazz at the hands of the Nuggets in Utah since
December 7, 1995, snapping a 14-game winning streak.
Utah fell for the just the second time in eight tries and for only the fourth
time in their last 16 at home and are 17-5 at the Delta Center this season.
The Jazz return to action on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.