The Utah Jazz look to continue their stellar play on offense and extend their winning streak to five games Wednesday when they visit the Toronto Raptors in a matchup between division winners from last season.
Utah (6-2) split its first four games this season, but has been outstanding on the offensive end in winning its last four. The Jazz, who advanced to the Western Conference finals in 2006-07, have scored more than 100 points in each game during the win streak and are averaging 110.3 over that span.
The Northwest Division leaders top the NBA with 111.9 points per game and are shooting 50.0 percent from the field. Last season, Utah averaged 101.5 points and finished tied for second in the league in field-goal percentage (47.4).
Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, though, is focusing more on his team's defensive play as Utah begins a three-game road trip.
"We're just trying to move the ball offensively and hit the open man and the guys are shooting the ball with confidence," Boozer said after scoring 32 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Utah's 117-93 win over Sacramento on Monday.
"The thing we are going to try and continue to do is to hold teams under 100 and today that's two games in a row for us. Hopefully we can keep that up on the road."
Boozer, who has seven double-doubles in eight games, is averaging 26.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Last season, he posted career highs with 20.9 points, 11.7 boards and 3.0 assists per game.
Boozer averaged 29.0 points and 14.0 rebounds as Utah swept both meetings with Toronto last season. The Jazz have won four in a row in the series, but the reigning Atlantic Division champion Raptors (4-3) come into this contest looking for a third straight victory.
"It's going to be a good test for us," Boozer said of the trip, which also includes matchups with defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland and Indiana. "We have three playoff teams coming up and we're going to have to bring our defensive intensity, be ready to play, and know we've got to play through some adversity and hopefully we can come out victorious."
Toronto won 101-71 at Chicago on Saturday after winning 105-103 in Philadelphia the previous night. The Raptors now return to Air Canada Centre for a three-game homestand, but they've dropped two of three there this season.
They're shooting just 40.9 percent from the field at home compared to 48.2 on the road. That trend continued on Saturday, when Toronto hit a season-high 54.7 percent of its shots in Chicago.
The Raptors had six players score in double figures, led by Carlos Delfino's 16 points off the bench. Toronto led by 34 heading into the fourth quarter, allowing coach Sam Mitchell to rest his starters.
"It's still early in the season and we have a lot of things we need to get better at," point guard T.J. Ford said at Monday's practice. "We have three games at home, big games we need. We have a tough club with Utah to start it off."
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