Saturday , Nov , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – November 27

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

(Sports Network) – Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will square
off this evening, as the Utah Jazz pay a visit to the San Antonio Spurs at the
SBC Center.

San Antonio has won eight of its last 10 games and is currently in first in
the Southwest Division. The Jazz, meanwhile, are in second place in the
Northwest Division.

The Jazz were victorious on Friday night, as they posted a home win over the
Houston Rockets. Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and
four steals to lead Utah to the 90-80 victory at the Delta Center.

Mehmet Okur made all eight shots he took from the field and finished with 20
points for the Jazz, who won for the first time in three home games. Okur was
also able to neutralize Houston center Yao Ming, who had just nine points and
four rebounds and was not a factor.

Utah led 50-40 at the intermission, and extended the lead to 17 points in the
third quarter. Kirilenko had five points during an 11-4 run to start the
second half, giving the Jazz a 61-44 advantage with 8:15 left in the third
quarter. The Jazz would coast to the 10-point victory.

Tonight’s matchup is the first of the season between the Spurs and the Jazz.
San Antonio has completely dominated the series over the past few seasons,
winning 17 straight matchups overall and 11 in a row at home. Utah hasn’t
posted a victory over the Spurs since a 93-90 win on February 6, 2000. The
Jazz’s last victory in San Antonio came in a 101-87 decision on February 28,