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Jazz look to improve their league-best record at Seattle

Nov 17, 2006 - 2:44 PM Utah (7-1) at Seattle (4-5) 10:30 pm EST

SEATTLE (Ticker) - The Utah Jazz were expected to be improved this season. They were not expected to have the best record in the NBA.

The surprising Jazz aim for their second four-game winning streak of the young season Friday when they visit the Seattle SuperSonics.

Utah has won seven of its first eight games - its best start since going 9-1 to open the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. The Jazz have surpassed 100 points in all seven wins.

Mehmet Okur scored a season-high 27 points in Tuesday's 112-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Carlos Boozer had 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and is averaging 21.1 points and 12.6 rebounds on the campaign.

However, Utah has struggled against Seattle, losing three of the last four meetings and seven of nine. The Jazz also will be without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle.

The SuperSonics lost, 96-90, to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Seattle shot just 42 percent (35-for-84) from the field, including a season-low 24 percent (5-of-21) from the arc.

Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Ray Allen and Luke Ridnour added 22 and 20 points, respectively.

Allen, who leads Seattle with 25.1 points per game this season, has averaged 24.8 points in 24 career games against the Jazz.






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