NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 8th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (19-16) at Memphis Grizzlies (17-17), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz aim to finish a home-and-home sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum tonight.
The Jazz won the front end of the set in Salt Lake City on Wednesday when C.J. Miles scored a season-high 24 points, and the Jazz continued their dominance over the Grizzlies with a 117-94 victory, Utah's 11th straight win over Memphis.
Carlos Boozer added 20 points for the Jazz, who haven't lost to the Grizzlies since January 24, 2007.
Wesley Matthews added 15 points, Ronnie Price, starting in place on injured point guard Deron Williams, had 14 and Andrei Kirilenko 12, while Ronnie Brewer dished out 10 assists in the win.
"Any way you can get a win I'll take it," said Utah head coach Jerry Sloan. "Our guys played pretty well. We passed the ball. We had 39 assists in the game. When you pass the ball, and share the ball, you get a lot of easy baskets."
The Jazz recorded a season-high 39 assists in the game and shot 56.8 percent from the floor despite missing Williams (sprained right wrist), who is averaging 19.5 points and 9.8 assists per game this season. Williams is expected to be a game-time decision tonight.
Sam Young scored a team-high 22 points for the Grizzlies, who had won four straight and seven of eight prior to the loss on Wednesday. Zach Randolph contributed 18 points and seven rebounds, and O.J. Mayo had 16 points in defeat.
"They just outworked us," Randolph said. "We came off a hard game. I think we were fatigued. They outworked us tonight."
01/08 11:02:15 ET