Utah Jazz Team Report – February 26
=== Utah Jazz Team Report – February 26 ===
(Sports Network) – Andrei Kirilenko scored 24 points, including seven in
overtime, leading the Utah Jazz to a 93-92 overtime win against Seattle on
Wednesday at KeyArena.
Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points and handed out six assists, while Raja Bell
contributed 12 points off the bench. Gordan Giricek added 12 for Utah, which
completed the home-and-home sweep. The Jazz bested Seattle 99-86 on Tuesday
Trailing by nine early in the fourth quarter, the Jazz went on a 13-0 spurt,
turning the deficit into a four-point advantage. Greg Ostertag’s inside
basket capped the burst, making it a 78-74 game with 6:30 left.
Ray Allen’s trey stopped the bleeding, making it a 78-77 game, with 5:15
left. The next several minutes the game would go back and forth. With the
game tied Utah had a chance to win it, but Arroyo’s shot was off the mark as
Allen opened the extra session with a jumper, giving Seattle an 86-84 lead.
However, Utah would close the game by scoring nine of the final 15 points.
Kirilenko’s three-pointer gave the Jazz a 91-89 lead and his tip-in with
nine seconds left iced the game, making it 93-89.
Ostertag finished with five points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, who
defeated the Sonics for the third time this season and became the first road
team in this series to win in the last nine matchups. It was also just their
fifth win in their last 12 visits to the Emerald City.
Utah, which will close a two-game road trip in Sacramento on Friday, won for
just the fifth time in its last 15 games on the road and improved to 9-20
away from home this season.
The Jazz have already lost three times to the Kings this season and have
lost the last four and 12 of the last 13 matchups in this series. Utah has
also dropped five of its last six in Sacramento.