Boozer, Okur and Williams continue to shine for Jazz
(Sports Network) – All-Stars Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur and point guard
Deron Williams are all having career years for Utah. Boozer leads the Jazz in
scoring (21.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.9 rpg), while Williams, who is third on
the team in scoring (16.8 ppg), has dished out a team-best 9.5 assists per
Okur is second on the club in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). The
former Detroit Piston has collected 20 double-doubles this season, and has
scored in double-digits in 63 of the 72 games he has played.
The Jazz (48-26) have clinched the Northwest Division, but are battling for
homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Utah, which is going
back to the postseason after a three-year drought, is the fourth seed in the
Western Conference and is just 1 1/2 games ahead of the fifth-seeded Houston
Utah tries to get back on the winning track when it visits the struggling
Sacramento Kings on Friday at ARCO Arena. The Jazz and Kings have split two
contests this season. This is the final meeting of the campaign between the
The Jazz have lost five of their last seven at Sacramento.
Utah wraps up a four-game road trip against Sacramento. It is 1-2 on the
swing. On Wednesday, rookie Brandon Roy scored a career-high 29 points to lead
the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-89 victory over the Jazz at the Rose
Boozer scored 21 points and tied his career-high with 21 rebounds for
Utah, which has still won four of its last six games overall. Williams
finished with 14 points and 13 assists for the Jazz.
The Jazz are 19-19 on the road this season. They will visit the Seattle
SuperSonics on Saturday at KeyArena.
Utah is scheduled to play five of its final eight regular-season games at
home. The Jazz will host, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Portland and Houston. They
will visit Sacramento, Golden State and Dallas.