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News » Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2008-04-09

Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2008-04-09

Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2008-04-09
--No Jazz team has allowed more than 100 points a game on defense since the 1992-93 season, and it looks as if this year's edition will avoid doing so.

The Jazz are allowing 99.3 points this season after giving up just 130 combined to New Orleans and San Antonio the last two games.

--Since the All-Star break, Mehmet Okur is averaging 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds, scoring 20 points or more in four of the last six games he has played. Okur has been playing so well, in fact, he has started to cost Carlos Boozer double-doubles.

"He already (has) enough, so I try to get mine," Okur said, jokingly after Tuesday's game.

Okur scored 11 of the Jazz's first 15 points against the Hornets and did more than just hit jumpers. Okur did knock down a three-pointer and a 23-footer, but he also hit a leaner in the lane and cut to get open for a layup off an Andrei Kirilenko pass.

"He's not a standstill jumper all the time," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said of Okur. "He's able to put the ball on the floor more and create opportunities for himself out of that. That's helped his game a lot."

--The Jazz won their second consecutive Northwest Division crown as well as their eighth division title overall. They won one with Frank Layden as coach and have won seven with Jerry Sloan as coach.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Carmelo, I'm sorry, buddy." -- Deron Williams on what he would say to Denver's Carmelo Anthony, who predicted at USA Basketball training camp this summer that the Nuggets would win the Northwest Division over the Jazz.

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