(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns didn't hit the 100-point mark in any of
their first four games, but have done so in back-to-back wins.
The Suns will try to make it three straight victories Saturday against the
Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
Phoenix posted a 117-110 triumph Wednesday at Charlotte in the finale of a
three-game road trip (1-2), then handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a 107-105
setback Friday in the desert. Goran Dragic scored a game-high 26 points and
Shannon Brown added 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns,
who made 46.9 percent of their shots and converted 21 Cleveland turnovers into
"I mean obviously it was a much needed win. I just thought our guys hung in
there. They're a really good team. That young backcourt, like I said earlier,
I think they are as good as any backcourt in the NBA. You see what (Dion)
Waiters can do and the way Kyrie (Irving) controls the game," Suns coach Alvin
Sebastian Telfair chipped in 13 points in a reserve role, as the Suns battled
back from a 26-point deficit with a 14-4 run late in the game.
Utah will try to improve to 3-0 as the host this season, but has dropped four
of five games since opening the campaign with a win.
The Jazz, who are 0-4 on the road this season, lost a 104-84 decision at
Denver on Friday. Gordon Hayward netted 15 points to lead the Jazz, who made
only 36.8 percent from the floor and sank just 4-of-23 3-point tries. The
Nuggets scored 23 points off 18 Utah turnovers and had a 21-point lead in the
"A very disappointing effort. We just didn't execute," Jazz head coach Tyrone
Randy Foye and Enes Kanter scored 13 points apiece off the bench in defeat. Al
Jefferson was held to just four points in less than 23 minutes and Mo Williams
ended with two points and four assists. According to Corbin, Williams strained
his right abductor muscle during the third quarter and is questionable.
The Jazz opened 5-0 at home in 2011-12 and will begin a four-game road trip on
the East Coast Monday against Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
Utah lost two of three meetings with the Suns a season ago and has dropped
nine of the previous 13 matchups in this series.
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