76ers Notes

SALT LAKE CITY -

Andre Miller

knows why the Utah Jazz dominate the Salt Lake City landscape along with those snow-capped mountains.

"Because there's no football," explained Miller, who went to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. "They're passionate about their sports."

Miller, the 76ers' point guard, agreed that EnergySolutions Arena is one of the tougher places to play in the NBA.

The Jazz are 12-4 at home after last night's 112-95 rout of the Sixers. They are 7-10 on the road.

"It's the crowd, the altitude, they just normally don't lose that often here," Miller said.

But for last night's game, the Jazz were missing power forwards

Carlos Boozer

and

Paul Millsap.

Center

Mehmet Okur

was listed as a game-time decision, but started and scored 19 points after missing two games with back spasms.

The Jazz' absences did not make last night's task any easier from Miller's perspective.

"This is the NBA," said Miller, whose team lost its fourth straight. "Whoever plays will thrive on the opportunity."

Last night's game was the second in a five-game Western swing. The first was Friday night in Denver, a 105-101 loss.

Next, the Sixers will play the Los Angeles Clippers (8-21), the Dallas Mavericks (18-12) and the San Antonio Spurs (20-10).

Brand update

Power forward

Elton Brand

remained in Philadelphia to rehabilitate after suffering a dislocated right shoulder. Brand is doing well, interim coach

Tony DiLeo

said.

"He's coming along great," DiLeo said. "He's been shooting the ball, and his range of motion is great."

- Kate Fagan