The Utah Jazz have the league's most potent offense so far this season. They'll try to take advantage of one of the NBA's worst defensive teams when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
Utah is averaging an NBA-best 110.0 points, while topping the century mark in all but one of its six games. Carlos Boozer has led the Jazz offense, averaging 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds, while Deron Williams is chipping in 21.2 points and 10.0 assists per game.
Boozer had 27 points and 15 rebounds in Friday's 103-101 win at Seattle - his sixth double-double in as many games. Williams added 14 points and 11 assists for his fourth double-double as the Jazz (4-2) won for the third time in their last four contests.
Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points and 11 assists. Even more importantly, he turned in a strong defensive effort, holding Sonics rookie phenom Kevin Durant to 7-for-21 shooting from the field.
"He was everywhere," Boozer said of Kirilenko, who was named to the NBA's all-defensive team two seasons ago. "He made Durant take a tough shot."
All five of Utah's starters scored in double figures, and all five are averaging at least 10 points per game. Reserve Paul Millsap had also been averaging in double figures before his season-low one-point effort Friday night dropped his season mark to 9.7 points per game.
The Grizzlies (1-3) also have a prolific offense, which averages 103.8 points. However, they are giving up 108.3 points per contest.
Memphis failed to score 100 points for the first time this season in a 110-98 loss at Portland on Friday night. Like the Jazz, though, the Grizzlies could have a chance to show off their offense on Saturday, as Utah's defense is allowing 106.4 points per game.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 31 points against the Blazers to increase his team-best season average to 21.3 points per game.
Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies' leading scorer from last season with a 20.8 average, was 8-of-10 from the floor and had 19 points after scoring just 11 and shooting 2-for-9 Wednesday in a 105-98 win at Seattle. However, all of Gasol's points Friday night came in the first half, and he played a season-low 27 minutes.
"They did a good job of taking the ball out of (Gasol's) hands," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "The pressure was on other guys to make shots and make plays, so it was a good strategy."
Iavaroni appeared to be experimenting at point guard, as starter Damon Stoudamire played just 17 minutes and scored only one point. Backup Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, scored 14 points in 30 minutes and rookie Mike Conley Jr. - the fourth overall draft pick - had eight points in 17 minutes.
Memphis has dropped three of its last four meetings with the Jazz, although it has won four of its last six visits to Utah.
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