AK-47 shows all-purpose game
May, 10, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Fisher stole the show, and the Warriors' late-game free-throw woes sucked up most of the rest of the attention. But in an epic like Wednesday's Game 2 of the Jazz-Warriors series, there's so much more to discuss. Let's start with the brilliance of Andrei Kirilenko, who in any other game would have been the lead story for his brilliant play at both ends of the court. AK-47 blocked six shots, including one spectacular swat in a one-on-one matchup against Baron Davis, and finished with his typical stat-stuffing night of 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He also contributed mightily to a 4-for-18 nightmare by Golden State's Stephen Jackson, his primary assignment most of the night. Perhaps most impressively, Kirilenko added "point guard" to his résumé, taking over with 5:09 in the first quarter after starter Deron Williams had picked up two quick fouls and backup Dee Brown had hurt his neck. Kirilenko ran the offense well enough for Utah to score 13 points between then and the end of the quarter, including three points and two assists of his own.
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