Jazz close out trip in Minnesota
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz wrap up a three-game homestand when they
welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight to EnergySolutions Arena.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The
Jazz, who are 2-1 against Minnesota this season, won the last two meetings and
have captured five of the last six contests overall in the series.
Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last two at Utah.
Utah comes into tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak. Carlos Boozer
scored a career-high 41 points to help the Jazz defeat the Washington Wizards,
103-97, on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.
Boozer grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory, while Deron Williams ended with 16
points and 13 assists for the playoff-bound Jazz, who have won nine of their
last 14 games overall. Mehmet Okur added 16 points for Northwest Division-
leading Utah, which defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the opener of the
The Jazz, who own a 10 1/2-game lead over second-place Denver in the
Northwest, are an impressive 28-7 at home this season. After tonight’s
contest, they will embark on a four-game road trip. Utah will visit San
Antonio, Houston, Portland and Sacramento on the upcoming swing.
The Timberwolves are four games behind the Los Angeles Clippers by four games
for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Minnesota tries to bounce back from an embarrassing loss. On Tuesday, Rashard
Lewis triggered the improbable. Down 25 points and without All-Star Ray Allen,
the Seattle SuperSonics came back and took the lead on a pair of Lewis free
throws with just over one minute left and held on for a 114-106 victory over
the Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Ricky Davis led the Timberwolves with 21 points and eight assists, while Kevin
Garnett recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in defeat. Mark
Blount finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Minnesota, which has
dropped five of its last seven games overall.
The Timberwolves are 10-26 on the road this season. They return home to host
Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat on Friday at the Target Center.