NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 1st
(All times Eastern)
Utah Jazz (0-1) at Phoenix Suns (1-0), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns weren't expected to do much this
season, but opened the 2013-14 campaign on a winning note.
The Suns look to make it two straight wins when they host the Utah Jazz Friday
night from US Airways Center.
Phoenix opened the Jeff Hornacek era with a 104-91 victory over the Portland
Trail Blazers on Wednesday thanks to a strong second half and 26 points, nine
assists and six rebounds from Goran Dragic. Newcomer Eric Bledsoe had 22
points and both P.J. Tucker and Miles Plumlee posted 18 points. Plumlee also
grabbed 15 rebounds and had three blocks in his first career start.
"Miles, he is just an athletic guy. You do not have to run a lot of things for
him," Hornacek said of Plumlee. "He just did a nice job of really being active
out there and putting pressure on their defense."
Plumlee became the first Sun since Shawn Marion in 1999 to have a double-
double while making first career start in a season opener.
The Suns, who haven't started 2-0 since winning four straight to open the
2009-10 season, didn't get much from their bench and shot 51.8 percent.
Phoenix was without forward Markieff Morris as he served a one-game suspension
for elbowing Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka in a preseason game. He is expected
to see action Friday versus the Jazz.
Utah kicked off its 2013-14 campaign against the Oklahoma City Thunder and
dropped a 101-98 decision. Thunder star Kevin Durant lit up the Jazz for 42
points, while Utah was led by Alec Burks' 24 points off the bench.
Derrick Favors posted 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jazz, who
got 14 points and 10 boards out of Enes Kanter. Gordon Hayward ended with 12
points and his potential game-winning 3-pointer was off the mark.
The Jazz played tough over the last 24 minutes and outscored the Thunder 50-44
in the second half.
"I thought our defense in the second half was really, really good," said Jazz
coach Tyrone Corbin. "Our execution on offense will have to get better. ...
But they're learning."
Utah won three of four meetings with Phoenix last season, but has dropped 10
of its last 15 games in the desert.
Hornacek was an assistant coach for the Jazz before landing the head job in
Phoenix this past offseason. Hornacek's No. 14 was retired by the Jazz and he
retired in 2000 as the top 3-point shooter in team history (42.8 percent).
11/01 10:38:24 ET
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