In an attempt to set a franchise record for consecutive home wins their last time out, the Utah Jazz lost to the best team in the Western Conference.

While that was disappointing, following it up with a loss against the worst team in the West would be embarrassing.

The Northwest Division-leading Jazz look to bounce back from their first home loss in nearly three months when they host the lowly Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

Utah (45-25) is coming off a 106-95 loss to the conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, snapping a franchise-tying 19-game home winning streak. The Jazz, who have a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Denver in the Northwest, had not lost at home since falling to Boston 104-98 on Dec. 29.

Utah was never really in Thursday's game, though, as it trailed 38-18 after one quarter, and was down by 24 early in the second.

"They went out and buried us right away,'' Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Still, Utah is a league-best 29-4 at home, and has not lost consecutive games in Salt Lake City all season. That's unlikely to change with the stumbling SuperSonics (16-53) coming to town.

Seattle is coming off a 130-105 defeat to the Lakers at Staples Center, and has lost its last eight road games by an average of 21.2 points. The Sonics have lost 21 of their last 23 road games, and are just 6-30 away from Seattle all season.

In their only game in Utah this season on Dec. 15, the Jazz won 96-75, holding the Sonics to an opponent season-low 32.9 percent shooting.

Utah has won the first three games this season over Seattle by an average of 14.0 points, but has not swept the season series since 2000-01.

The Jazz's Carlos Boozer is averaging 23.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in three games against the Sonics this season. Boozer, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds on Thursday, had 22 points, 11 boards and 10 assists in a 112-93 win at Seattle on Feb. 13 for his first career triple-double.

Deron Williams has recorded a double-double in all three games against Seattle this season, averaging 16.3 points and 10.2 assists.

The Sonics have lost 10 straight overall, and have only one victory in their last 15 games, beating Minnesota in overtime on March 2. Seattle dropped a club-record 14 in a row from Dec. 31-Jan. 27, and this marks the first time in the franchise's 41-year history that its had two double-digit losing streaks in the same season.

Seattle would have to win eight of its final 13 games to avoid matching the team's worst record ever, which was set by the inaugural 1967-68 team that went 23-59.

Sonics rookie Kevin Durant had 20 points on Friday, and is averaging 15.0 points on just 1-of-12 shooting from 3-point range in three games against the Jazz this season.

"I need to continue to expand my game and work hard at practice and before practice to help this team out,'' said Durant, who has played in all but two of Seattle's 69 games. "All in all, I think I'm getting a little more efficient with my shots, learning how to get shots and improving on the defensive end.''


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