Monday , Feb , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – February 7

=== Utah Jazz Team Report – February 7 ===

(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz host the struggling New York Knicks on
Monday at the Delta Center. It will be the second and final meeting of the
season between the Jazz and Knicks. On December 19, New York defeated Utah,
94-93, at Madison Square Garden. With the win, the Knicks snapped a two-game
series losing streak.

The Jazz have won three of five and 11 of the last 14 contests in this series.
New York has lost nine of its last 11 at Utah.

Utah plays the final contest of four-game homestand on Monday. The Jazz are
1-2 on the stand and come into the game against New York off a much needed
victory. On Saturday, Carlos Boozer led seven players in double figures with
18 points, as Utah posted a 108-92 win over the New Orleans Hornets at the
Delta Center.

Andrei Kirilenko and Matt Harpring both had 17 points in Saturday’s win, while
Raja Bell added 16 for the Jazz, who put the brakes on a three-game losing
streak. Rookie Kirk Snyder scored 11 points, and Raul Lopez and Mehmet Okur
netted 10 apiece for Utah.

The Jazz, who are 5-16 in their last 21 games overall, are just 10-13 as the
host this season.

Even though Boozer had a strong game on Saturday, the Duke product has not
played well as of late. He is averaging 11.8 points and six rebounds in his
last five contests. For the season, the 23-year-old Boozer leads the Jazz in
scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg). Boozer has not recorded a double-
double since January 23rd against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Kirilenko, who has played in just 21 games this season for the Jazz, is
averaging 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in his last two games. The
23-year-old Kirilenko, who will turn 24 on February 18, missed 26 contests
with a knee injury.

The Jazz have a light week ahead of them. Utah will visit the Denver Nuggets
at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday and will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Friday. The Jazz are 2-0 against the Nuggets this season and are 0-1 against
the Timberwolves.