Philadelphia (9-22) at Utah (22-9)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Wed Jan 3, 2007
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The Utah Jazz play particularly well at home, but seem to step up their game when they face the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Jazz look to continue their home dominance of the 76ers when they meet on Wednesday.

Utah (22-9) has won 13 of 15 games this season at EnergySolutions Arena, averaging 101.8 points per game while holding opponents to 93.6.

The 76ers (9-22) enter this contest having lost 15 of their last 17 in Salt Lake City. Utah won last season’s meeting 108-102 on Dec. 31, 2005, as it swept the season series from Philadelphia.

Mehmet Okur scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Jazz beat Portland 96-86 at home on Saturday.

Boozer notched his 23rd double-double of the season, tying him with Orlando’s Dwight Howard for second-most in the league behind Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett (25). Andrei Kirilenko added 14 points for the Jazz, who have won three of four and rebounded from a 23-point loss to San Antonio on Thursday.

“(Utah coach Jerry) Sloan got on us after we played the Spurs and said we have to continue to fight,” Jazz rookie forward Paul Millsap said.

Utah shot 50.6 percent from the field against the Trail Blazers, and improved to 14-0 when making at least half of its attempts. The Jazz are among the league’s top shooting teams, making 47.8 percent of their shots.

Boozer, who leads the team with 21.5 points per game, is averaging 26 in his last two games against Philadelphia. He bounced back after being held to just nine points against the Spurs.

Okur, meanwhile, is averaging 19.4 points in his last 10 games. He made 48.3 percent (30-for-62) of his 3-point attempts in December.

Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the 76ers beat Denver 108-97 Tuesday night in Allen Iverson’s first game against his former team.

The Sixers, who had lost 14 of 16 road games and 19 of 23 overall, scored 100 points for the first time in 16 games. They also improved to 4-4 since the trade that sent Joe Smith and Andre Miller to Philadelphia, along with two first-round draft picks in 2007, for Iverson.

Miller had 17 points and 10 assists and Smith scored 12 points against the Nuggets.

“This was all business,” Smith said.

Korver is averaging 24.6 points and shooting 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from beyond the arc in his last three games, with Philadelphia going 2-1 in that span. He has made 53.1 percent (17-for-32) of his 3-pointers in six games against the Jazz.

Andre Iguodala has excelled for the 76ers since Iverson was traded, but he was held to a season-low seven points on 2-of-8 shooting against the Nuggets. He averaged 22.3 points in his previous eight games.

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