SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Seattle SuperSonics begin a busy
stretch of games with a visit to the Delta Center and a matchup
with the Utah Jazz on Monday.
Entering the game, the Sonics will have played just three games
in a 15-day span, but the trip to Utah begins a stretch of four
games in five days.
Perhaps the consistent action will help them shake off a 2-2
homestand that followed a 19-3 start.
In the finale of the homestand Wednesday, Rashard Lewis scored
21 points and Ray Allen added 20 as Seattle defeated the Denver
Nuggets, 98-83. The Sonics did it with defense and rebounding,
gaining a 48-35 advantage on the boards and holding the Nuggets
to just 38 first-half points.
The Jazz will be playing their first home game since December 14
and looking to right the ship after a 1-4 road trip.
Carlos Boozer scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds, but Utah was
unable to recover from a 13-point halftime deficit in a 98-86
loss at Toronto on Wednesday.
The Jazz still have struggled to regain their winning form since
the loss of defensive stopper Andrei Kirilenko, who suffered a
sprained right MCL in a 109-76 loss at San Antonio on November
27. Without the 6-9 Russian in the lineup, Utah is 3-10,
sinking to the bottom of the Northwest Division after a 6-1
Seattle won a thriller over Utah in the teams' first meeting
December 1. Sonics forward Vladimir Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer
to force overtime and Ray Allen scored nine of his 38 points in
the extra session as Seattle escaped with a 129-119 victory at
The Jazz have won eight straight meetings at the Delta Center.