Jazz go for third straight win in City of Brotherly Love
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz take aim at their third straight win this
evening when they conclude a three-game road trip against the Philadelphia
76ers at the Wachovia Center.
On Monday, Mehmet Okur scored 19 points and gathered 13 rebounds as the Jazz
held on to beat the Washington Wizards, 97-89, at the MCI Center. Andrei
Kirilenko added 17 points, seven boards, four assists and four steals for
Utah, which has won seven of its last eight contests.
Matt Harpring contributed 12 points and Deron Williams had 10 off the bench in
As a team, Utah dished out 28 assists despite not having a player with more
than five. However, Devin Brown, who had zero, was the only one of the Jazz 10
participants who did not have at least two dimes.
Utah has flourished since the return of Kirilenko, who missed 10 games with a
sprained ankle and back spasms.
Kirilenko, who is tied for the league lead in blocks per game (3.2), is also
averaging 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. With him in the starting
lineup, the Jazz are 14-5 and just 4-12 with him either out with injury or
coming off the bench.
Utah, which will close a four-game road trip tonight, is 10-9 away from home
Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Allen Iverson went
over the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season with 41, leading the
Sixers to a 107-98 win over Seattle at the Wachovia Center.
Iverson also had nine assists and seven rebounds, while John Salmons added 18
points for the Sixers, who ended a two-game losing streak. Kyle Korver netted
17 points and Andre Iguodala had 16, as the Sixers played without star forward
Chris Webber, who was sidelined with a back strain.
All five starters scored in double-figures for Philadelphia, is 6-0 when that
Webber, who is averaging 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 32 games this
season, is questionable for tonight’s affair.
The Sixers, who will close a three-game homestand against Boston on Friday,
are 11-5 in their arena this season.
Philadelphia lost to the Jazz earlier in the season and has dropped four of
the last five and seven of the last nine matchups. Utah has also won two
straight, four of its last five and six of its last eight in the City of