Jazz power forward Paul Millsap's double-double streak is back intact and even has increased to 16 straight games.

All while he's been sidelined.

Millsap's streak seemingly had ended at 15 when he scored 11 points but managed just nine rebounds in a Dec. 23 game at Milwaukee — the same game in which he sustained a sprained posterior cruciate knee ligament, causing him to miss the Jazz's last three outings.

But the Jazz, alerted to a statistical error by an attentive Deseret News reader named Brian Kingdon, submitted a proposed correction to the NBA. And on Tuesday, the league confirmed that the e-mailing reader indeed was right — and amended Millsap's stats for the game to 11 points and 10 rebounds.

That makes Millsap's now active-again streak of consecutive double-doubles the only one in the NBA with more than 15 since All-Star Kevin Garnett's run of 33 in a row from Feb. 1 through April 7 2006.

Millsap's streak also is the longest by a Jazz player since point guard John Stockton had 18 straight from Jan. 25 through March 3, 1992.

The mistake Kingdon noticed: Millsap made a tip-in basket with eight minutes and 25 seconds left in the opening quarter of the game against the Bucks. The tip-in initially was credited to teammate C.J. Miles but later correctly was given to Millsap. Credit for the offensive rebound resulting from the tip, however, wasn't changed at the time.

BREWER ABSENT: The Jazz practiced Tuesday without starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, who has been ill the last several days.

Brewer briefly exited victories last Friday vs. Dallas and Monday against Philadelphia but hasn't missed a game while he's been sick.

His reason for refusing to take a break: "Like Coach (Jerry Sloan) said, 'too far from your heart to just sit out,"' Brewer said after scoring eight points against the 76ers.

The University of Arkansas product is expected to travel and play when the Jazz visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, a team spokesman said.

SKI JOKE: The Jazz got today off from practice but will work out together Thursday before going to L.A.

The Lakers, meanwhile, got both Monday and Tuesday off from practice, since they last played Sunday and don't play again until facing Utah.

So just what did Lakers star Kobe Bryant plan to do with his time off?

"I'm going skiing," Bryant cracked, according to the Los Angeles Times. "What are they going to do, fire me? I'm going to go get my Vladimir Radmanovic on."

Bryant's joking reference was to teammate Radmanovic's 2007 snowboarding mishap at a Park City ski resort — an All-Star Weekend accident that separated his right shoulder and caused him to miss 24 games.

HE SAID IT: Sloan, asked Tuesday about the Lakers: "They've been fortunate. They've had two gifts. And any time you get gifts that can start for you, that's a tremendous advantage. Give them credit. They were lucky to be able to get them. Probably thrilled to death. And it makes them a very good team."

Sloan's gift-references were to L.A. re-signing veteran point guard Derek Fisher after he requested out of his contract with the Jazz and subsequently was released sans compensation, and the Lakers' acquisition-by-trade of big man Pau Gasol from Memphis for relatively little in return.

STAY UP: The Jazz-affiliated Utah Flash host the four-day, multi-game D-League Showcase next week in Orem.

But Sloan recently indicated that, largely because of injuries to both Millsap and fellow power forward Carlos Boozer, the Jazz currently are leaning toward keeping sporadically used center Kyrylo Fesenko up with the big team rather than sending him down to take part in the NBA Development League event.

"We're trying to win games right now," Sloan said.

FAMILY TREE: Retired Jazz star Karl Malone's son KJ Malone — a 6-foot-1, 215-pound, 8th-grade defensive end from Louisiana — has been chosen to play in the inaugural Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which will be held Sunday in San Antonio.

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The game, which will be Webcast at www.FootballUniversity.org, features 40 top 7th- and 8th-graders from throughout the nation.

Other participants include Ray Lewis III, son of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.


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