Friday , Jan , 26 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Jazz, Nuggets battle in Utah

(Sports Network) – The top two teams in the Northwest Division battle
tonight, as the Utah Jazz welcome the streaking Denver Nuggets to
EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah owns a four-game lead over the second-place Nuggets for the top spot in
the division.

The Nuggets enter tonight’s game on a five-game winning streak. Carmelo
Anthony scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Denver over the
Seattle SuperSonics, 117-112, on Tuesday at KeyArena.

In just his second game back from a 15-game suspension for his role in a
December 16 fight with the Knicks, Anthony hit 12-of-26 shots from the field
in 41 minutes of action.

Allen Iverson contributed 21 points and 10 assists in the win over the
SuperSonics for Denver, which attempts to win a season-best sixth straight
game against Utah. J.R. Smith had 20 points and Nene recorded 17 points and
seven boards for the Nuggets, who used a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter
to take control versus Seattle.

Denver is a respectable 10-7 on the road this season. The Nuggets return home
to host the New Jersey Nets on Saturday and the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at
the Pepsi Center.

Utah tries to bounce back from a tough loss, as it plays the finale of a
three-game homestand. On Wednesday, Eddie Jones drained a jumper as time
expired in overtime to give the struggling Memphis Grizzlies a wild 132-130
win over the Jazz at EnergySoutions Arena.

Carlos Boozer poured in a career-high 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the
loss to Memphis for Utah, while Deron Williams dished out a career-high 21
assists for the Jazz, who had their four-game winning streak halted. Mehmet
Okur went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points and 11

The Jazz are 15-5 at home this season. They will visit the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Saturday at the Ford Center.

This is the second of four meetings this season between the division rivals.
On January 6th, Williams scored 28 points and handed out 12 assists as the
Jazz topped Denver, 96-84, at the Pepsi Center.

Denver has lost two straight and four of its last five at Utah. The Jazz have
won four in a row in the series.