Phoenix Suns Climb Above .500 with a 95-83 Win Over the Utah Jazz

February 12th, 2011 by Mykael Wright Leave a reply »
For the first time since Dec. 8 when they were 11-10, the Phoenix Suns moved above .500 with a 95-83 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night.

It was the second time the Suns have beaten the Jazz this season, and ironically, both times have been in Utah. The Suns are now a much different team than the one who won in Utah back in October, but the Jazz are a different team as well. 

The players were the same, but this was the first game for Utah without Jerry Sloan being their head coach since 1988.  He resigned earlier this week, so this game had added national appeal.

In what was obviously an emotional game for the Jazz and their fans they charged out to an early 31-19 at the end of the first quarter.  The teams played even in the second quarter, so the Jazz went to the half with 12-point lead as well. 

It looked like the Jazz might just coast in with a victory, but the Suns had other plans.  Robin Lopez scored 11 points in the third quarter by himself while the entire Jazz team only had 13.

Overall in the second half, the Suns showed remarkable defense.  After scoring 31 and 25 in the first an ...

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