Friday , Jan , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Struggling SuperSonics host Jazz

(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz try and get back on the winning track, as
they visit the slumping Seattle SuperSonics tonight at KeyArena.

On Tuesday, All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki poured in a season-high 38 points
as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Jazz, 108-105, at EnergySolutions Arena.

Carlos Boozer had 29 points on 13-of-19 from the floor in the loss to Dallas
for the Jazz, who have lost two of their last three games overall. Mehmet Okur
and Matt Harpring both registered 14 points, while Deron Williams scored 13 in
defeat for Utah.

The Jazz are a solid 10-8 on the road this season. They return home to host
the Miami Heat on Saturday before embarking on a four-game road trip. Utah
is scheduled to visit Washington, Detroit, Toronto and Chicago on the upcoming

Seattle has lost six in a row and plays the second of a season-long seven-game
homestand. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points and came up with some big
buckets late as the Miami Heat edged the SuperSonics, 107-103, on Wednesday at

Ray Allen finished with a team-best 29 points and Chris Wilcox ended with 28
points and 13 boards in the loss to the Heat for Seattle, which has dropped
14 of its last 17 games overall.

The SuperSonics are 9-9 at KeyArena this season. They will also host
Cleveland, Milwaukee, Denver, Minnesota and the Clippers on the current

Seattle continues to play without forward Rashard Lewis, who suffered a
sprained tendon in right hand on December 20th during a 103-95 loss to the
Dallas Mavericks. He is expected to miss up to eight weeks with the injury.
Lewis is averaging 21.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 27 contests this

This is the third meeting of the campaign between the squads. The Jazz picked
up a win at home and on the road in the two previous contests. Utah will host
the SuperSonics on April 7th in the fourth and final meeting between the

Utah has won two of its last three at Seattle. The Jazz have won two straight
and four of the last seven contests in this series.