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.

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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