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Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko out again for tonight's game

SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz will play Houston tonight without usual starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who again is being bothered by back spasms.

It will be the ninth game missed this season because of lower back issues for Kirilenko, and the third game this week.

Kirilenko also sat out Monday's loss to Atlanta and Wednesday's win over Charlotte.

He did play Friday night at Sacramento, scoring 16 points while logging 31 minutes in a 103-99 loss to the Kings.

Backup C.J. Miles again will start in Kirilenko's place.

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