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February 13, 2008 4:21 PM

Utah game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

WILLIAMS OUT --- SAfe to call this one now that Deron Williams has left the game. The Supes trail 109-91.

JAZZ TOP 100 --- Utah leads 101-89, which isn't a good for the Sonics because they're 3-27 when opponents score 100 or more.

THIRD QUARTER --- The Sonics looked as if they might take the lead for the first time, but managed to only tie the score at 67-67. Utah ended with an 8-3 run to take an 81-73 lead into the fourth. Durant scored 11 points in the period and he's got 19. Four Jazz have at least 11.

BIG HIT --- Durant bounced off the court after Boozer leveled him with a hard forearm across the chest. Durant remained on the court for a few seconds and looked dazed. He appeared to say "Oh (crap)" before smiling and getting up. He also tapped Boozer on the back of the head as if to say no hard feelings.

EVEN DISTRIBUTION --- Carlesimo is using a 10-man rotation, which is probably a precursor of what's to come. Nobody has played more than 14 minutes and nobody has played fewer than nine. Everybody has scored a basket. Durant still leads with eight points. Johan Petro continues his improved play and he's got six points and four rebounds.

NO BASKET --- Watson sank a 65-foot jumper a nano-second after the buzzer sounded to end the first half. Even the shot didn't count, it was still pretty impressive.

FIRST QUARTER --- Sonics trail 27-24 after one. Durant is off to a hot start with eight points. Every Utah starter with the exception of Kirilenko, who is scoreless, has at least six points.

13-5 REBOUNDING EDGE --- Utah is killing Seattle on the glass. Paul Milsap and Carlos Boozer are just outworking Nick Collison and Johan Petro.

RIDNOUR SUPPORTS UO FANS --- Luke Ridnour stopped short of condoning Duck fans who may jeer Washington Husky Ryan Appleby this weekend and the Sonics guard said "that's just how they are." Said Ridnour: "I'm sure it won't be like it was last year. I know it's a big game, especially for Oregon. They need a win. I'm going to go to the game on Saturday. I just think they're into the game. They get excited. I haven't heard a lot of stuff they said, but I know they support Oregon."

When asked if he's defending UO fans, Ridnour said: "Yeah. They're my people. I don't know exactly what they say. But really, they're just into the game. They enjoy the game of basketball and it's a great place to play."

Appleby has been the subject of Duck fans ever since his altercation involving Aaron Brooks. Even though the Husky guard got sucker punched, Oregon fans jeered him when Brooks made an attempt to shake hands at Mac Court last year."

MORE PRE-GAME NOTES --- Talked to Jerry Sloan and he didn't seem worried about the proposed trade involving Dallas and New Jersey. Most people believe the Lakers started the trade season when they stole Pau Gasol away from Memphis, but the Jazz actually made the first significant deal weeks ago when they dealt disgrunted wing Gordan Giricek for Kyle Korver.

STARTING LINEUP

UTAH
F -- Andrei Kirilenko
F -- Carlos Boozer
C -- Mehmet Okur
G -- Ronnie Brewer
G -- Deron Williams

SONICS
F -- Jeff Green
F -- Chris Wilcox
C -- Kurt Thomas
G -- Kevin Durant
G -- Earl Watson

OFFICIALS -- Jack Nies, Bennie Adams and Eli Roe.

strong>PRE-GAME NOTES --- Sonics second-year C Mouhamed Sene has re-joined the team for a few days. He was not officially recalled from the NBDL's Idaho Stampede. The Sonics wanted him to return to Seattle for a few days and spend some time with the team while the Stampede is off during the D-League's All-Star break. Sene will rejoin Idaho on Saturday. The Stampede play at Iowa on Sunday.

Luke Ridnour celebrates his 27th birthday today.

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