(Sports Network) - Some people sleep in bunk beds and others shaped like a
race car. Utah Jazz power forward Al Jefferson's custom bed cost him $25,000
and is 12-feet long and 10-feet wide.
Jefferson has been experiencing back spasms lately and needed to accommodate
his needs with a bed that costs more than the average salary these days.
Jefferson and the Jazz will try to close out a three-game homestand on a
winning note Friday night versus the Toronto Raptors.
In an 87-81 win over the Orlando Magic Wednesday night, Jefferson showed no
signs of back issues in the early going and pumped in a season-high 31 points
to go along with 15 rebounds. It was Jefferson's 11th double-double of the
"That's why I get paid the big bucks," Jefferson said. "They expect me to go
out there and lead the team, nothing less."
Jefferson was shut down for the night late in the fourth quarter, while Paul
Millsap scored 22 points for Utah, which ended a three-game slide and improved
to 7-1 as the host. The Jazz also got back to the .500 mark at 10-10 and held
the Magic to 34 points in the first half, the lowest amount scored in the
first half against them all season.
Jefferson is questionable Friday night and forward Derrick Favors is doubtful
due to a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Jazz forward Marvin
Williams returned to action after missing three games with concussion-like
symptoms. He had eight points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.
Utah will visit the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night.
The Raptors will continue their five-game western road trip and have lost the
first two tests on the swing. In a 107-100 setback to the Sacramento Kings,
Kyle Lowry scored 15 of his game-high 34 points in the third quarter and
handed out 11 assists.
Mickael Pietrus finished with 21 points in the loss, Toronto's eighth in the
previous nine games. The Raptors are also winless in eight straight away from
Canada. Kings guard Tyreke Evans sealed Toronto's fate with two late 3-
pointers and finished with 23 points. Evans put the Kings on top for good with
a long shot to break a 95-95 tie.
"They had their way with us in the paint," Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said
of Sacramento's 56 points inside. "Everybody's going to look at Tyreke Evans.
He hit two threes and he hit six all season."
The Raptors have not won in Sacramento since Dec. 26, 2008. They still have
the Clippers and Trail Blazers to play on this road trip.
Guard Jose Calderon is expected to play his 500th game in a Toronto uniform
Friday and will become the third player in team history to reach the mark. He
is the team's all-time leader in assists (3,572).
Toronto lost to the Jazz 140-133 in triple overtime on Nov. 12 at Air Canada
Centre and has dropped 13 of the past 14 meetings between the teams. The
Raptors have lost eight of 10 visits to Salt Lake City.
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