Hot Jazz host Heat at Delta Center
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz try to make it four straight wins this
evening when they welcome the Miami Heat to the Delta Center.
On Wednesday, Utah became the first Western Conference team to win in
Philadelphia this season, as Mehmet Okur scored 25 points, pulled down eight
rebounds and dished out eight assists to lift the Jazz past the 76ers,
110-102, at the Wachovia Center.
Andrei Kirilenko added 23 points and had four blocked shots, including one at
a key moment late in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who have won three in a
row and eight of their last nine.
Utah’s bench dominated the Sixers, outscoring them, 44-6. Milt Palacio had 17
points and Matt Harpring added 14 in reserve roles for the Jazz.
The Jazz have 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 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists. With him in the starting
lineup, the Jazz are 15-5 and just 4-12 with him either out with injury or
coming off the bench.
The Jazz are just 8-8 in their building this season.
Miami, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Dwyane Wade had a triple-
double with 15 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat over the
Seattle SuperSonics, 117-104, on Friday at KeyArena.
James Posey and Jason Williams each had a team-high 19 points for the Heat,
who have won three straight to improve to 3-2 on their current season-high
seven-game road trip.
Shaquille O’Neal added 16 points and nine boards and Antoine Walker had 15
points for Miami, which responded from a 12-point deficit in the first quarter
to take a double-digit lead in the second stanza and never looked back.
The Heat, who will close their trek against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday,
are 10-11 away from home this season.
Utah lost twice last season to the Heat, but has won seven of 11 and 15 of the
last 21 meetings. Miami has also dropped five of seven and is also a dismal
4-15 all-time in Utah.