Jazz need to continue stellar play
(Sports Network) – Utah has started the 2006-07 campaign by winning 12 of
its first 14 games. The Jazz are in first place in the Northwest Division and
own a three-game lead over the Denver Nuggets.
On Monday, the Jazz try to get back on the winning track when they welcome
the Orlando Magic tonight to EnergySolutions Arena. It is the first of two
meetings this season between the Jazz and Orlando. The Magic are scheduled to
host Utah on March 14, 2007 at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Orlando has lost two of three and eight of its last 10 at Utah. The Magic have
won four of the last five contests in this series.
Utah had its eight-game winning streak ended on Saturday at Oakland. Matt
Barnes scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the third quarter and Monta
Ellis added 21, as the Golden State Warriors used a balanced attack to beat
the Jazz, 91-78, at ORACLE Arena.
Matt Harpring ended with 15 points, while Deron Williams scored 14 and dished
out eight assists in the loss to Golden State for the Jazz, who are still and
impressive 12-2 on the season.
The Jazz are a perfect 7-0 at home this season. They will host Tim Duncan and
the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in the finale of a short two-game
homestand. The Spurs have won 10 of their last 12 at Utah.
Utah will visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at the Staples Center and
will host the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday. The Jazz are 1-0 against both
clubs this season.
Carlos Boozer leads the Jazz in scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (12.7 rpg).
He has collected 11 double-doubles and has scored 20 or more points nine times
Williams has dished out a team-best 9.2 assists per game. The Illinois
product, who is playing in his second season in the NBA, is second on the
team in scoring (17.7 ppg) and has recorded six double-doubles.