SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz beat Houston on Saturday night without usual starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who again was bothered by back spasms.

It was the ninth game missed this season because of lower back issues for Kirilenko, and the third game in a week.

Kirilenko also sat out Monday's loss to Atlanta, and Wednesday's win over Charlotte.

He did play Friday night at Sacramento, scoring 16 points while logging 31 minutes in a 103-99 loss to the Kings.

Backup C.J. Miles started in place of Kirilenko, who took a pain-killing injection in his back on Saturday and is being called a "game-time" by the Jazz for Monday night's road trip to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Miles played 21 minutes, scoring 11 while shooting 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

Kirilenko's counterpart for the Rockets, veteran small forward Shane Battier, sat out as well Saturday. He was ill with flu-like symptoms.

THIRTEENTH NEEDED: The Jazz must and will add a requisite 13th player — made necessary because of the recent trade of starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to the Memphis Grizzlies— sometime this week.

Other than knowing they will not sign a fourth point guard, they've ruled nothing out.

It could be an unemployed NBA veteran, it could be a 10-day contract signee from the NBA Development League. It could be a big man, but it could be a wing too.

"It's still wait-and-see," general manager Kevin O'Connor said Saturday.

The Jazz are among about a half-dozen NBA teams rumored to have interest in longtime Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who recently was traded to Washington and subsequently bought out by the Wizards.

Ilgauskas is thought by many around the league to be planning on re-signing with the Cavaliers after a mandatory 30-day sit-out period passes, but Utah doesn't want to lose out on the chance of landing him should he decide to sign elsewhere.

Former Jazz big man Mikki Moore is another possibility among many for Utah, but mid-December surgery to repair a heel spur could have the club concerned.

ALUMNI UPDATES: According to ESPN.com, Scott Roth — a Jazz forward for parts of two seasons in the late 1980s, and now a Golden State assistant coach — "has again been offered the job as coach of the Dominican Republic's national team, according to NBA coaching sources."

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Roth previously coached the national team, and left last summer — before it failed to qualify for this year's FIBA World Championships — after being unable to reach agreement on new contract terms.

Meanwhile, ex-Jazz and current Miami Heat point guard Carlos Arroyo, a veteran of international play, heads a list of 41 players who will be considered for national-team duty when Puerto Rico plays later this year at FIBA's World Championships in Turkey.

MISC.: The Jazz are now 8-1 in their throwback green uniforms, including 5-0 at home. The only loss came in December to the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Utah also is now 6-7 in the second half of back-to-back sets, and 12-0 at home when the Jazz score 110 or more points. ... The Jazz have won seven of their last nine against the Rockets. ... Houston point Aaron Brooks now has made at least one 3-pointer in an NBA active-high 31 straight games. ... The Rockets yielded season opponent highs in points scored (133), assists (36) and treys made (14).

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