Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – March 2

=== Utah Jazz Team Report – March 2 ===

(Sports Network) – Gordan Giricek scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth
quarter on Monday to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-86 victory over the Detroit
Pistons at the Delta Center.

Aleksandar Pavlovic contributed 15 points, while Carlos Arroyo added 13 with
eight assists for the Jazz, who have won four consecutive games and are now
just two games back of the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the
Western Conference.

With the score tied at 82-82 late in the fourth quarter, Giricek buried a
three-pointer from the right corner to give Utah a three-point lead with 3:17
remaining.

After Greg Ostertag gave the Jazz an 87-84 lead with a pair of free throws,
Giricek scored on a layup after a turnover to give the Jazz a five-point lead
with 2:05 remaining. Andrei Kirilenko’s underhand layup for the Jazz made it
93-86 with 25 seconds left.

Prior to the game Kirilenko, who ended with 11 points, eight boards, six
blocks and four steals, was named the Western Conference Player of the
Week after the All-Star forward averaged 25.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.0
blocks and 1.67 steals per game last week to help his team to a perfect 3-0
record.

Utah, which will wrap up a brief two-game homestand against Indiana on Friday,
won for just the second time in its last six at home last night and improved
to 21-10 in Salt Lake City this season.

The Jazz lost to the Pacers earlier in the year, but have won four of the last
seven and 11 of the previous 17 matchups, including two of three and nine of
the last 11 in Utah.

UTA