Utah (21-18) at Golden State (16-23)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Mon Jan 19, 2004
  • TV: TNT, TNT
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The Utah Jazz could be without starting center Greg Ostertag when they visit the Golden State Warriors.

Ostertag was ejected for fighting with Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Saturday, as the Jazz suffered a 102-96 home loss.

“That’s part of basketball, I guess,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said, “but I thought it was a dumb thing on Greg’s part. I don’t mind playing hard, but you don’t have to fight the guy.

“We’re short-handed enough. If you don’t know that by now, it’s hard for me to understand why we would do something like that.”

Utah had won six straight at home and three straight, overall.

Andrei Kirilenko had 27 points and six rebounds for the Jazz, who squandered an 18-point halftime lead. Kirilenko is averaging 26.5 points in his last two games.

Raja Bell added 20 points and DeShawn Stevenson scored 18 for Utah. Jazz rookie guard Mo Williams did not dress because of tendinitis in his left ankle. His status for Monday’s game is uncertain.

The Warriors lost 104-91 to the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Golden State has lost three of its last four overall and 10 straight on the road. The Warriors were unable to build on a 119-102 home win over Cleveland on Thursday.

“We’ve got to come out with more of a sense of urgency,” Warriors guard Speedy Claxton said. “I’m very surprised, coming off a great win last night, I expected more.”

Mike Dunleavy and Erick Dampier each scored 19 points for the Warriors, who played their fourth game in five nights. Claxton added 18 points, including 10-of-10 shooting from the line.

Warriors forward Brian Cardinal didn’t play Friday because of the flu. His status for Monday is uncertain.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 17): Jazz - 6th place (tied), 5 1/2 GB, Midwest Division. Warriors - 6th place, 13 GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Jazz - F Kirilenko, F Michael Ruffin, C Ostertag or Jarron Collins, G Carlos Arroyo, G DeShawn Stevenson. Warriors - F Dunleavy, F Clifford Robinson, C Dampier, G Claxton, G Jason Richardson.

TEAM LEADERS: Jazz - Kirilenko, 16.3 ppg; Ostertag, 8.4 rpg; Arroyo, 5.7 apg. Warriors - Richardson, 18.1 ppg; Dampier, 10.9 rpg; Van Exel, 5.9 apg.

SEASON SERIES: 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 13; Jazz, 97-80. At Salt Lake City, Kirilenko finished with just 10 points on a poor shooting night, but made up for it with 10 rebounds, five blocks and seven assists.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Jazz - 4-14 on the road; Warriors - 12-7 at home.

INJURIES: Jazz - F Ben Handlogten (knee); C Curtis Borchardt (wrist); F Keon Clark (ankle); G Williams (ankle). Warriors - G Nick Van Exel (knee); C Evan Eschmeyer (knee); G Pepe Sanchez (ankle); F Cardinal (flu).

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