Phoenix Suns Rally Late Against Utah Jazz for 102-101 Victory
It was almost another disappointment.
The Phoenix Suns won a thrilling game against the Utah Jazz last night, holding onto an 102-101 victory after nearly giving the game away.
Planet Orange led the Jazz 76-73 at the start of the fourth quarter, when they promptly allowed the Jazz to go on a 16-5 run to take an 89-81 lead.
In most games, that would have been enough to cost the Suns the W, as New Times has been tracking the Suns' inability to hold leads late in the game.
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Last night, however, the Suns rallied to sink 11 in a row, giving them a lead they would hold onto until the end of the game. That win puts the Suns a game over .500 and continues their positive momentum of late.
The problem with last night's win is that it came at home against a depleted Jazz team playing without Andrei Kirilenko, Raja Bell, Ronnie Price, and Mehmet Okur.
Given the Jazz' organizational dysfunction -- their head coach, Jerry Sloan, resigned on Friday and new coach Tyrone Corbin is a rookie head coach -- and the fact that the game was at US Airways Arena, it should not have been close.
Still, the Suns did well to rally in the fourth, and a few individual players had standout performances.
Channing Frye hit a career-high 31, led by a 7-for-7 shooting performance in the first quarter.
Steve Nash had 20 points and 14 assists for Phoenix, sending him past Gary Payton on the all-time assists list.
Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat both scored 11.
The Suns play their next game against the Mavericks on Thursday, an 8:30 game on TNT. For more on that game, go to the Suns' website.
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