Jazz Cruise to 7th Straight

4 02 2010

Just when we thought Utah Jazz basketball was already at it’s best, we get fooled.  Last night’s 118-105 victory over the Portland Trailblazers was a thing of pure ecstasy and beauty. The Jazz had six players score double digit points, shot just under 63% from the field, and assisted on 32 of 42 field goals.  Unselfish, Jazz basketball at it’s best gave them their seventh straight.

The Jazz were lead by Mehmet Okur, finally, who had a season high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds.  Andrei Kirilenko continued his hot streak while starting by putting in 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Deron Williams didn’t need to have a big night, but still put in 13 points and assists.  Wesley Matthews shot 6-6 from the field and scored 16 points.

Williams was right when he called last night an “easy night”.  There wasn’t too much stress of last night’s game.  In the fourth quarter, the Blazers managed to cut the lead to seven, but the Jazz went on a 8-1 run to clinch the game.  Deron Williams leads the charge for the Jazz who are leading the league in assists per game (26.1) and field goal percentage (.492).  With a combination of tough defense, and an extremely unselfish team, the Jazz are poised to make a run at a higher seed and winning in the playoffs.

Next up for the Jazz is a big division matchup against the division rival Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were the last team to beat the Jazz before this winning streak.  The Jazz lost that game 119-112 clear back on January 16th in Denver.  The Jazz will host the Nuggets on Saturday, and should have leading scorer Carlos Boozer back in the lineup after missing a few games with a calf strain.  With a Jazz win, they would move within a game and a half of the Northwest Division lead.  Saturday’s game could set the tone for the rest of the Jazz season.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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