Kirilenko missed 10 games earlier this season with a sprained right ankle and back spasms. The Jazz went 2-8 without the Russian forward and won eight of nine games since he returned on Dec. 26.
Utah has suffered back-to-back losses since that run after a 102-93 overtime loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. The Jazz rallied from an early 12-point deficit before squandering a four-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation and falling in overtime.
“We just couldn’t do anything with them in overtime,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. “I can understand guys missing shots, but I don’t understand not being able to block them off the boards and give them second shots while we’re trying to win a ballgame.
“They got to the free throw line and we didn’t. That was the difference in the game.”
Kirilenko had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the last 11 games. He made just six shots out of a season-high 19 attempts.
Kirilenko is averaging just 12.9 points per game against Toronto, two points fewer than his 14.9 point per game average this season.
Utah, which won Nov. 11 at Toronto 99-84, is seeking its fourth season sweep after winning both games this season against Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Jazz swept only one opponent last season.
Toronto has won two straight and five of seven as it begins a five-game Western Conference road trip. The Raptors start the trip after setting a franchise record for points in a game with a 129-103 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Jalen Rose, the subject of trade rumors, scored a season-high 31 points to lead five Raptors in double figures. Rose has heated up this month, averaging 15.9 points in seven games.
“I give all the credit to the coaching staff and my teammates, because they always encourage me to do well, whether it’s in practice or in a game,” Rose said. “They believe I can get out there and make plays, and when I get going, everybody is pumping me up, trying to have me continue to attack and play well.”