NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 23rd (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (14-27) at Seattle SuperSonics (27-11), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Seattle SuperSonics will attempt to halt a two-game skid this evening, when they host the Utah Jazz at KeyArena.
Seattle has dropped three of its last five overall, including a 112-107 loss to Minnesota at home on Friday night. Seattle was paced by Ray Allen's 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Luke Ridnour had a career-high 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Sonics.
Rashard Lewis registered 18 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome James tacked on 11 on 5-of-7 shooting in the losing effort.
The Sonics hit 47 percent from the field, including 12-of-25 (.480) from three-point range. Seattle drained 17-of-22 (.773) from the free throw line. The Sonics committed just six turnovers in the contest, but allowed Minnesota to shoot 58 percent from the field.
Seattle has lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season. For the year, the Sonics are 15-5 in their friendly confines. Seattle is in the midst of a five-game homestand.
Utah has lost three of its last four games after dropping a 110-94 decision to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. In the process, the Jazz slipped to 8-11 in their friendly confines this season. Utah has lost five of seven and eight of its last 12 home games.
Leading Utah, which activated All-Star forward Andrei Kirilenko before the game, was Mehmet Okur with 22 points. Kirilenko, who had missed 26 games with a knee injury, played 12 minutes and finished with two points, two rebounds and two blocked shots. In order to make room on the roster for Kirilenko, the Jazz placed guard Kirk Snyder on the injured list.
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which also got 15 points apiece from Gordan Giricek and Keith McLeod.
Utah has lost seven of eight and 14 of its last 16 road games. On the year, the Jazz have tallied a 6-16 record in foreign buildings.
Utah played its first game since trading Carlos Arroyo, who fell out of favor with head coach Jerry Sloan, to the Detroit Pistons for veteran center Elden Campbell and a future first round pick. Arroyo hadn't played in four games due to Sloan's decision.
Seattle has won three straight in this series, including both meetings this year. The Sonics posted a 129-119 overtime victory in Seattle and posted a 98-88 win at the Delta Center on December 27. The home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings.
01/23 10:23:43 ET