NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Utah
(Monday, January 25th)
Final Score: Utah 124, Phoenix 115
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer provided 21 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz stormed back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat the Phoenix Suns, 124-115, for their sixth straight home win.
Andrei Kirilenko had a team-high 25 points for the Jazz, who outscored the Suns, 45-19, from 2:38 left in the third to the end of the game to improve to 18-6 at home this season. Wesley Matthews added a career-best 21 points, while Deron Williams had 18 points and 11 assists in the victory.
"I am learning quickly," the rookie Matthews said. "I grew up watching this, watching the Phoenix Suns play, watching the Utah Jazz play. It's just runs. We started off on an early run, then they got theirs. We're a tough team. The crowd was great, they had this place rocking, and we were able to pull it off."
Goran Dragic tallied a career-best 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Suns, who have dropped five straight on the road and are 9-15 away from Phoenix this season. Steve Nash notched a career milestone, recording 15 points and 15 assists to become the eighth player to reach 8,000 career assists. He now has 8,013.
"I shot the ball well, especially in the first 30 minutes I was really hot," Dragic said. "In the end, we lost the game. It was a tough loss for us."
Channing Frye added 21 points in the loss, while Amare Stoudemire had 16.
Utah trailed by 17, 96-79, after Frye hit a three-pointer with 2:38 left in the third, but the Jazz began an incredible rally to eventually go in front.
The hosts ended the third quarter on a 12-0 run, including five points from Matthews. Boozer and Kirilenko each hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to get to within five, 96-91, at the outset of the fourth.
"We just couldn't get into our offense," Nash said. "They pushed us out, we had no penetration and we were just jacking up jump shots or turning it over."
The run extended to 16 consecutive points when Kirilenko's layup made it a one-point game in the first two minutes. Utah finally tied the game, 100-100, on a Matthews three with eight minutes to play.
Frye put the Suns back ahead by four, 106-102, on a three-pointer with 6:48 left, but the Jazz scored the next nine points, culminating on Matthews' third three of the game for a five-point advantage with 4:51 to go.
"We were a little bit more alive defensively (in the fourth quarter)," said Utah head coach Jerry Sloan. "I've kind of felt it coming, but I haven't seen it like that where they stuck together and really worked hard to try to help each other defend. They were alive and got in the passing lanes."
Dragic answered for Phoenix to get the visitors back to within two, but Utah responded with eight consecutive points, as Paul Millsap's 18-foot jumper with 2:31 showing on the clock made it 119-109 in favor of the home team.
From there, the Suns never got closer than seven.
The first quarter ended in a 24-24 tie, then the Suns got out to a 34-26 lead early in the second on a Jason Richardson three-pointer. The Jazz managed to whittle their deficit back to two, 43-41, on a Matthews layup, but Phoenix used a 13-6 run to push its lead to 56-47 on a Dragic trey with 2:41 left.
The lead grew to 69-58 at halftime.
The visitors maintained nearly a 10-point lead for the early portion of the third, and back-to-back three-pointers by Nash and Frye sandwiched around a Boozer jumper put the Suns ahead, 96-79, with 2:38 to play in the quarter.
Phoenix shot 60.5 percent in the first half and 36.6 percent in the second half...Utah shot 52.4 percent overall...The Jazz went 29-of-37 from the free throw line, while the Suns went 16-of-23...Utah outrebounded Phoenix, 48-31...Millsap had 12 points for the Jazz, while Richardson had 14 for the Suns...Utah recorded its season-high in points...The home team has won five straight meetings in this series...The 17 three-pointers by the Suns were a season-high and the most ever by a Jazz opponent...Boozer tied a career-high with 17 defensive rebounds...Dragic had 19 points in the second quarter...Phoenix has lost 12 of its last 13 road games.
01/26 00:36:15 ET