Jazz are hanging around in Northwest
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz (25-27) are just two games behind the
division-leading Denver Nuggets in the Northwest. They are scheduled to play
16 of their final 30 games at home.
Utah will try and halt a two-game losing streak when it hosts the Boston
Celtics on Tuesday at the Delta Center. IT is the second and final meeting of
the season between the clubs. On December 21st, Paul Pierce poured in 30
points to lead the Celtics to a 101-89 victory over Utah at TD Banknorth
Boston has won three straight and four of its last five meetings against the
Jazz. The Celtics have won two straight after losing their last three at Utah.
On February 13th, All-Star Kobe Bryant poured in 23 points on 6-of-20 shooting
from the field, as the Lakers defeated the Jazz, 94-88, at the Staples Center.
Devin Brown netted a career-high 25 points in the loss to the Lakers for the
Jazz, who have lost three of their last five games overall. Mehmet Okur added
a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Andrei Kirilenko struggled for Utah against the Lakers, scoring 10 points on
2-of-12 shooting from the field.
The Jazz are 13-12 as the host this season. They have won three in a row at
the Delta Center.
After Tuesday’s game, the Jazz are scheduled to begin a home-and-home set
against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday at the Ford Center.
Utah will host the Hornets on Saturday at the Delta Center.
Utah and the Hornets will play for the first time in the campaign. The teams
also play on March 27th at the Delta Center and on April 14th at the Ford
Okur leads the Jazz in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg), while
Kirilenko is averaging a team-best 4.1 assists per game.
The Jazz are 7-1 when they score 100 or more points this season.