Friday , Jan , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets welcome Jazz to Pepsi Center

(Sports Network) – The top two teams in the Northwest Division square off when
the Denver Nuggets welcome the Utah Jazz tonight to the Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets own a one-half game lead over the second place Jazz in the
Northwest.

Denver enters tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak. On Wednesday
Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins each scored 17 points as the Nuggets held
off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 90-89, at the Pepsi Center.

Kenyon Martin and Eduardo Najera both finished with 16 points in the win over
Cleveland for the Nuggets, who have won five of their last six games overall.
Martin also grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, 10 in the fourth quarter, while
Najera pulled down 12 boards. Andre Miller ended with 14 points, seven
rebounds and six assists in the win.

The Nuggets, who have won two in a row and four of their last five at the
Pepsi Center, are 13-8 as the host this season.

Utah attempts to win its second straight game this evening. Andrei Kirilenko
posted the first triple-double of his career, as the Jazz crushed the Toronto
Raptors, 111-98, on Tuesday at the Delta Center. Kirilenko scored 18 points,
grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out a career-high 11 assists for the Jazz, who
halted a two-game losing streak and won for the ninth time in their last 12
games.

Kirilenko posted Utah’s first triple-double since Karl Malone registered one
on May 4, 1999 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Center Mehmet Okur poured in a game-high 29 points and pulled down seven
boards in the win over Toronto for the Jazz, while Devin Brown had 15 points
in the victory.

The Jazz are 11-10 as the visitor this season. The are 5-5 in their last 10 on
the road.

This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.

The Nuggets have won two in a row in this series. These two teams have split
the last six meetings at Denver

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