As long as the defense stays up, our shooting will get better. But our defense has to continue to get better also. If we can hold teams from scoring a lot of points, we'll be able to score point as we get better.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz returned to their practice facility this morning after a day off Sunday.

The focus, as usual, continues to be on team defense as they prepare for a back-to-back set at home Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cavaliers and Lakers.

Defense is an area in which the Jazz have excelled during their four-game winning streak. They haven't allowed a team to score more than 90 points since getting blown out in San Antonio 104-89.

The Nuggets, 117-110 winners over Utah on Dec. 28, are the only other team to have hit the century mark in scoring against the defensive-minded Jazz.

"We have to be able stop people in order to win," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Defense is making up for an offense that is still a work in progress. Utah has allowed opponents to score 93.9 points per game, while only putting 90.4 points on the scoreboard per night.

The Jazz have only hit the 100-point mark twice — in a 102-99 win over the 76ers and in that loss at Denver.

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"As long as the defense stays up, our shooting will get better," Corbin said. "But our defense has to continue to get better also. If we can hold teams from scoring a lot of points, we'll be able to score point as we get better."

Corbin said the team will also focus on playing against a zone defense more in practice. The Jazz struggled against the Warriors' zone in Saturday's road win.

The Jazz had a full squad at practice. Backup forward Jeremy Evans rejoined the team after missing Saturday's game with a stomach virus.

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