Jazz hope to extend winning streak against Minnesota
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz go for their fourth straight win, as they
host Northwest Division-rival Minnesota tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
This is the second of four meetings between the squads this season. The
Timberwolves defeated Utah, 110-103, on December 8th at the Target Center.
Minnesota has won three of its last five at Utah. The Timberwolves have won
four of the last seven contests in the series.
Utah opens a three-game homestand this evening. Mehmet Okur posted 21 points
and 11 rebounds, as the Jazz topped the Chicago Bulls, 95-85, on Saturday at
the United Center.
Carlos Boozer finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the victory over
Chicago for the Jazz, who have won three in a row after a four-game losing
streak. Derek Fisher scored 14 points and Deron Williams contributed 12 points
and seven assists in defeat.
The Jazz are 14-4 at home this season. They will also host the Memphis
Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets on the current homestand.
Minnesota plays the second of a five-game road trip. On Sunday, Shawn Marion
posted 17 points and a career-high tying 20 rebounds, as the scorching Phoenix
Suns extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 131-102 win over the
Timberwolves at US Airways Center.
Randy Foye netted a career-high 25 points in his first-career start for the
Timberwolves, who have lost their last three games overall. Troy Hudson netted
22 points off the bench, and Trenton Hassell added 20 points and seven boards.
Minnesota was without the services of forward Kevin Garnett and guard Ricky
Davis, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench and walking into the
locker room during the 104-98 double overtime loss to the Pistons on Friday.
Garnett, meanwhile, was suspended for his involvement in an altercation during
that same game.
Both players are eligible to return to the court tonight.
The Timberwolves are 8-11 on the road this season. They are also scheduled to
visit Portland, Seattle and the Clippers on the swing.