Wednesday , Nov , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs jingle into Utah

(Sports Network) – The league’s best team plays host tonight, as the Utah Jazz
welcome the San Antonio Spurs to EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah will try and get back in the win column after two straight losses
following an eight-game winning streak. On Monday the Jazz suffered an 88-75
home loss to the Orlando Magic.

Carlos Boozer led Utah with 21 points and nine rebounds. Mehmet Okur scored 13
points and pulled down nine boards for the Jazz, who had a seven-game winning
streak at home come to an end. Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 points for Utah.

Utah is 7-1 as the host this season.

Meanwhile, the Spurs have lost two of their last three games after ripping off
four straight wins.

In their last game on Monday against Golden State, the Spurs dropped a 111-102
decision at ORACLE Arena. Tim Duncan had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the
Spurs, who were trying to become the first team to start 8-0 on the road since
the 1996-97 Houston Rockets.

Tony Parker tallied 28 points and Michael Finley scored 18 in a losing cause,
as San Antonio fell to 7-1 on the road this season. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili
missed his second straight game because of back spasms. He will most likely
miss Wednesday’s game.

San Antonio went 3-0 against Utah last season and has won four of five and 22
of the last 24 meetings in the series.

The Spurs have won two straight, 10 of 12 and 11 of their last 15 trips to
Salt Lake City.