Utah Jazz Team Report – February 23
=== Utah Jazz Team Report – February 23 ===
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz lost to the Indiana Pacers, 94-80, on
Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Andrei Kirilenko netted a game-high 22 points for Utah, which has lost four of
its last five contests. Raja Bell came off the bench to score 21 in the
The opening minutes of the quarter were tightly played with Utah taking a
54-51 lead on Bell’s free throw with around seven minutes left in the frame.
The Pacers would answer with an 8-1 run, forging ahead by four points. Two
free throws by Al Harrington capped the spurt, making it a 59-55 game with
under six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Moments later Jarron Collins’ two free throws sparked Utah to a 9-0 burst.
Kirilenko’s three-pointer from the corner capped the spurt, as the Jazz
regained the lead, 64-59 with under four minutes left in the frame.
However, the Pacers outscored the Jazz 8-2 to close out the quarter to take a
one point lead into the final frame. Jonathan Bender’s breakaway dunk as time
was expiring gave the Pacers the lead for good at 67-66.
Indiana started to pull away in the middle of the fourth. A Jermaine O’Neal
pull-up jumper from the top of the key staked the Pacers to an 81-70 contest.
Two free throws by O’Neal increased the advantage to 15 points at 92-77 with
2:09 left, sealing the victory for Indiana.
The Jazz are off until Tuesday when they host the Seattle SuperSonics in the
first of a home-and-home set.