Forward Matt Harpring said the Jazz really haven't been tested the last couple games, and that certainly is true.
But at least they're having no trouble acing the pop quizzes.
Utah rolled Monday night for a second straight outing, beating Sacramento 117-93 at EnergySolutions Arena behind Carlos Boozer's 32-point, 10-rebound double-double and the 15-point, eight-board, eight-assist, three-block line of Andrei Kirilenko.
It was the fourth straight win for the 6-2 Jazz, who led by double digits throughout the second half just like they did in Saturday's 118-94 win over Memphis.
Along the way, Boozer posted his seventh double-double in eight games this season and the Jazz, who shot 50 percent from the field, improved on the NBA-leading scoring average of 111.1 that they brought into the night.
"We're not really thinking about that," Boozer said of the Jazz's outlandish offensive output. "We're just trying to move the ball offensively, and hit the open man, and the guys are shooting the ball with confidence.
"The thing we are going to continue to do," he added, "is to hold teams under a hundred and (now) that's two in a row for us."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, naturally, was less than impressed with the vic-
tory over a 2-5 Sacramento team missing would-be starters Mike Bibby (thumb surgery), Ron Artest (suspended) and Brad Miller (bruised quad).
"They were shorthanded," Sloan said, "and I don't think it's anything to do cartwheels about."
But at least the Jazz were balanced in the way they got things done.
Utah, which leaves today for a three-game trip that opens Wednesday night in Toronto and closes Saturday in Indiana, had six scorers in double figures, including not just Boozer and Kirilenko, but also Ronnie Brewer (13 points), Mehmet Okur (12), Gordan Giricek (who scored all 12 of his points in the second quarter) and Harpring (12).
The Jazz got 39 points from their bench, including seven on 3-of-5 field shooting from backup point guard Jason Hart, who seems to have found his stroke after starting the season slow.
"We've got a lot of guys on this team," Brewer said, "who can hurt people other than the 'big four,' (as) I call them Booz, Memo (Okur), A.K. (Kirilenko), D-Will (Deron Williams)."
Added Boozer: "Guys are getting more comfortable, and getting better."
Perhaps no one, though, has been better than Kirilenko, who came up two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double just one game after missing the same by one assist.
All this after so much off-season fuss from someone whose summer trade request now seems like it came eons ago.
"He's doing so good, man, I can't give him enough praise," Boozer said. "You know, he's almost getting a triple-double every night. Rebounding, blocks, scoring his presence is definitely being known out there. He's everywhere on the court."
Boozer thinks he knows why, too.
"He's been able to air some of the things that he didn't like, and was able to clear the air, so to speak," he said. "Sometimes, you know, if you talk about things you can be more comfortable in a situation where you were little uncomfortable. He's more comfortable."
It showed late, when Kirilenko fed Boozer for an inside bucket with the game already well out of reach.
It showed close to halftime, when he blocked Kenny Thomas down low.
And it showed perhaps most early on, when Brewer made one his three steals and passed the ball ahead for a first-quarter fastbreak that ended with Kirilenko coolly dropping the ball to Boozer for an easy lay-in.
"A.K.'s been playing big for us," Brewer said, "and I just try to play up to par to him on the defensive end."
On this night he did, helping to make sure Sacramento never got closer than when they drew to within 10 late in the third quarter.
The Kings also had a chance to get to within nine early in the fourth, but John Salmons missed a jumper on one end, Kirilenko tipped in a Paul Millsap on the other and that was that.
A simple test, indeed, yet one they passed with flying colors.
Only time, Harpring suggested, will tell whether or not the semester of success continues."There are still a lot of ways we need to get better, and we will," he said. "It's still early in the season."
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