Kirilenko rejoins Jazz, starts against Lakers

Updated: November 24, 2006, 9:24 PM ET
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The Utah Jazz don't seem to need much help, but they're getting some anyway.

Andrei Kirilenko returned to the lineup Friday night from a sprained right ankle that forced him to miss the last five games.

Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko

Kirilenko started for the Jazz (11-1) Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Jerry Sloan said he did not have a plan for playing time for his star forward.

"I'll have to see Andrei play," Sloan told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Maybe he's better coming off the bench. I don't know where he's at right now."

Rookie Ronnie Brewer has filled in for Kirilenko in his absence, averaging 9.2 points in five games as a starter.

Kirilenko has averaged 13.7 points per game in five-plus seasons with the Jazz, who have the league's best record and have won seven games in a row.