Saturday , Jan , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets aim to sting visiting Jazz

(Sports Network) – The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz hit the road this
evening to take on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.

Utah has won five of its last six games, including Friday’s 116-111 victory
over the Denver Nuggets at EnergySolutions Arena. Carlos Boozer had 25 points
and 19 rebounds to lead the way.

Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, while Mehmet Okur scored 14
points and pulled down five boards for the Jazz, who went 2-1 on a three-game

Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko (sprained right ankle) is questionable for
Saturday’s game. The Jazz will now try to improve on their 13-10 road mark
this season.

Meanwhile, the Hornets ended a two-game losing streak with Friday’s 88-84
triumph over the Sacramento Kings in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Desmond Mason had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Bobby Jackson netted 15
and dished out seven assists for the Hornets, who are 11-10 at home this
season and 17 games off the lead in the Southwest Division. Devin Brown had 14
points, six boards and six assists in the win.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City will also host Portland, Philadelphia and Minnesota
on the homestand.

Saturday’s game between the Jazz and Hornets is the first of three meetings
this season. Utah went 3-1 last season and has won two straight, four of five
and five of the last seven meetings.

Utah has won three straight at the Hornets.