Monday , Dec , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jazz try once again to get Sloan 1000th win

(Sports Network) – Jerry Sloan will try once again to reach one of the NBA’s
most significant coaching milestones when his Utah Jazz welcome the Dallas
Mavericks tonight to EnergySolutions Arena.

Sloan can become the fifth head coach in league history to achieve 1,000
career wins. The 64-year-old owns a 999-662 career record in 21 seasons behind
the bench, the last 18 of which have been spent with the Jazz.

On Friday, All-Star Kevin Garnett finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds to
lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Jazz, 110-103, at the Target Center.

Deron Williams ended with 21 points and 11 assists in the loss to the
Timberwolves for Utah, which had a two-game winning streak halted and failed
in its first attempt to get Sloan his milestone victory. Derek Fisher
contributed 17 points for the Jazz, while Andrei Kirilenko netted 12 in

The Jazz are an impressive 10-1 as the host this season. They have won three
in a row on their homecourt. Utah will visit the Clippers on Wednesday at the
Staples Center.

Dallas attempts to win back-to-back games this evening. Josh Howard tied a
career-high with 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Mavericks
coasted to a 105-90 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at American
Airlines Center.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win over
Denver for the Mavericks, who have won two of their last three games overall.
Jason Terry poured in 24 points for Dallas.

The Mavericks are 6-3 on the road this season. They are scheduled to host the
Lakers on Wednesday.

Dallas has won two of its last three at Utah. The Mavericks have won seven of
the last eight contests in this series.