Tuesday , Jan , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Utah is getting comfortable at the top of the division

(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz (24-10) own a comfortable six-game lead
over the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves in the Northwest Division.
Utah is trying to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since
the 2002-03 campaign.

The Dallas Mavericks conclude a three-game road trip on Tuesday, as they visit
the surprising Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. It is the second meeting of the
season between the Mavericks and Utah. On December 11th, Jerry Sloan reached
one of the NBA’s most significant coaching milestones, becoming the fifth head
coach in league history to achieve 1,000 career wins after his Jazz topped
Dallas, 101-79, at EnergySolutions Arena. Boozer posted 31 points and 11
rebounds in that victory for the Jazz.

Dallas has lost two of its last three at Utah.

Utah attempts to win back-to-back games this evening. Deron Williams scored a
career-high tying 28 points and dished out 12 assists, as the Northwest
Division-leading Jazz topped the Denver Nuggets, 96-84, on Saturday at the
Pepsi Center.

Carlos Boozer posted 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Denver for the
Jazz, who have won three of their last four contests overall. Mehmet Okur and
Derek Fisher both netted 10 in the victory.

The Jazz are an impressive 14-2 at home this season. They will visit the
Seattle SuperSonics on Friday before returning home to host the Miami Heat on
Saturday.

Williams, who is playing in just his second season in the league, is averaging
16.9 points and a team-best 8.8 assists per game this season. He has scored in
double-digits in 30 of 34 games this season and has registered nine double-
doubles.

Utah is 20-2 when it scores 100 or more points this season. The Jazz have not
reached the century mark in their last five contests.

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