Monday , Dec , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Boozer has been huge for surprising Jazz

(Sports Network) – After two injury-plagued seasons in Utah, forward Carlos
Boozer finally looks like the player the Jazz expected the Duke product to be
when they signed him to a lucrative multi-year contact in July 2004.

The 25-year-old Boozer, who missed 80 games in his first two seasons with the
Jazz, leads the team in scoring (22.2 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg). He is
shooting an impressive 58.4 percent from the floor and has recorded 12 double-

Utah (14-4) is in first place in the Northwest Division. The Jazz are just 2
1/2 games ahead of the second-place Denver Nuggets.

The Jazz try to continue their solid play this season, as they welcome the
Milwaukee Bucks on Monday to EnergySolutions Arena. It is the second and final
time the teams will meet this season.

On November 11th, Boozer finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds and Matt
Harpring scored the winning basket, as the Jazz defeated Milwaukee, 113-111,
at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd scored a franchise-record 57 points in the
loss for the Bucks. The Jazz have won three in a row in the series. The Bucks
have dropped four in a row at Utah.

Utah plays the finale of a brief two-game homestand against the Bucks. On
Saturday, Mehmet Okur drained the game-winning three-pointer with 1.6 seconds
left in regulation to lift the Jazz past the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-107, at
EnergySolutions Arena.

Boozer scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists
in the win over the SuperSonics for Utah, while Deron Williams ended with 18
points and nine helpers for the Jazz, who have won two of their last three
games overall.

The Jazz are an impressive 9-1 at home this season. They will visit Kevin
Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at the Target Center. Utah
has won two in a row at Minnesota and three of the last four contests in the

Utah is 13-1 when it scores more than 100 points this season.