Boozer sits out as Jazz win preseason opener

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. - Matt Harpring scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Utah Jazz to a 100-84 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in a preseason game Sunday night.

Ray Allen scored 12 of his 18 points in the third to lead Seattle.

The game marked Utah's preseason debut because a scheduled game with Russia's Central Army on Oct. 8 in Moscow was canceled due to security concerns.

Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer, who signed with the Jazz over the summer, did not play due to a back injury. No further details were available.

Several other key players sat out with injuries. Utah also was without Raul Lopez (knee) and Raja Bell (groin), while Seattle missed Rashard Lewis (foot) and Flip Murray (leg).

After using their size advantage to build a 53-46 edge at the half, the Jazz sank a steady stream of jumpers in the third quarter, outscoring the cold-shooting Sonics 31-18. Seattle shot only 33 percent for the game.

Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur and first-round pick Kris Humphries each scored 14 points for the Jazz.



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