Charlotte (22-38) at Utah (40-19)

Fair Currently: Salt Lake City, UT
Temp: 51° F
  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Mar 5, 2007
  • TV: N14, KJZZ
Preview | Box Score | Recap

The Utah Jazz are hoping that their recent success on the road will follow them back to their home court.

The Northwest Division-leading Jazz go for their fourth straight victory Monday when they host the slumping Charlotte Bobcats.

Utah (40-19) wrapped up a perfect three-game road trip with a 108-94 victory over New Orleans on Sunday. The Jazz have won four straight games away from home overall, tying a season high.

None of the three games on the just-completed trip were even close. Utah outscored its opponents by an average margin of 18.7 points, while shooting 53.4 percent from the field overall and 46.5 percent from 3-point range. The Jazz have won eight of their last 10 games on the road after opening the season 10-10 away from home.

“It takes some time to learn how to win on the road, how to be really good on the road,” guard Derek Fisher said. “I think as the season’s gone on, we’ve gotten a chance to get to know each other a lot more as teammates, we’re trusting each other a lot more offensively, we’re making some good adjustments defensively.”

Mehmet Okur scored 28 points and Deron Williams chipped in 20 on Sunday for the Jazz, who have won 11 of their last 13 games overall to extend their Northwest Division lead to a commanding 11 games over the Denver Nuggets.

Carlos Boozer added his 36th double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Utah overcame a double-digit deficit for an NBA-best 14th time this season.

“It feels good right now,” Okur said. “We’re rolling and everybody feels good about that. Everybody’s playing our type of basketball and doing their best.”

As good as the Jazz have been on the road lately, they have been nearly as tough at home, where they will play their next three games. Their 102-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 26 in their last home game ended a six-game winning streak in Utah.

The Jazz look to remain hot in Salt Lake City against a Bobcats team that has won both of its visits to Utah since entering the league in the 2004-05 season. Charlotte (22-38) is 3-2 overall against the Jazz.

However, the Bobcats have dropped a season-worst five in a row, and fell to 0-4 on their season-long six-game road trip with Sunday’s 96-89 loss at Seattle. Gerald Wallace had 19 points and rookie Adam Morrison, playing his first game back in the state where he was a college star at Gonzaga, added 17 points off the bench.

Charlotte has been outscored by an average of more than 16 points per game during its five-game losing skid, which comes on the heels of a season-high four-game winning streak.

The Bobcats, who are tied with Atlanta for last place in the Southeast Division, have lost eight of their last nine road games and are 9-22 away from home this season.

Related Articles

Team Stat Leaders



Monday, Mar 5