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Jazz hope to get back on track at home vs. Spurs

Nov 29, 2006 - 4:24 PM San Antonio (11-4) at Utah (12-3) 9:00 pm EST

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- After a red-hot start, the Utah Jazz have suffered back-to-back disappointing defeats.

On Wednesday, the Jazz will try to avoid a third straight loss when they take on one of the Western Conference's best teams, the San Antonio Spurs.

Utah dropped its first home game, a 88-75 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday. A 16-6 run in the fourth quarter pushed the Magic's lead to 81-60. Utah scored the next 13 points but the Jazz could not complete the comeback. Carlos Boozer had 21 points to lead Utah, which shot 42 percent (29-of-68).

The Jazz lost their second contest in a row by double digits after losing to Golden State on Saturday.

The Spurs had a winning streak of their own snapped when they lost their first road game of the season, 111-102, to the Warriors on Monday after 12 straight wins away from home. Tony Parker scored 28 points and Tim Duncan added 22 for San Antonio, which shot 42 percent (36-of-87).

The Spurs, who registered a league-best 29-12 road record last season, were aiming to become the first club since the 1996-97 Houston Rockets to open the season with eight consecutive road victories.

San Antonio has dominated Utah in recent years, winning 21 of 23 contests since the 2000-01 campaign.

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