NBA Game Summary - Utah at Phoenix
(Wednesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Utah 86
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored a season-high 30 points to lead Phoenix over Utah, 108-86, at America West Arena.
Amare Stoudemire added 19 points and Shawn Marion posted 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who won their sixth straight game. Phoenix is 19-3, which is not only the best record in the league this year, but also the best start in franchise history.
Carlos Boozer netted 19 points and grabbed 11 boards for the Jazz, who fell for the eighth time in 10 outings.
"They have guys at every position who can score every night, and different scorers every night," Boozer said. "Usually it's Amare, but potentially they have guys that can hit 20 every night."
Phoenix trailed by seven after the opening quarter, but outscored the Jazz 41-23 in the second frame to take a 60-49 advantage into the intermission and they cruised to the victory.
The Suns took their first lead of the game by starting the decisive quarter on a 13-5 burst. Leandro Barbosa capped off the run on a three-pointer with 9:04 left in the second to go ahead, 32-31, and Phoenix stayed in front the rest of the way.
Early in the third, the Jazz did get within single digits at 62-53. However, Phoenix posted 10 of the following 15 points and Utah never got closer than 11 the remainder of the night.
Phoenix led 89-72 after 36 minutes and in the fourth emptied its bench.
The Suns only turned the ball over seven times and held Utah to 42 percent shooting from the field.
The game was knotted at 14, but the Jazz ended the first quarter on a 12-5 sprint to take a 26-19 advantage into the second.
Phoenix also defeated Utah, 115-102, on November 30 at the Delta Center, and has won three straight meetings.
The Suns, 10-2 on their home court, will visit Seattle on Friday...Utah, 4-7 on the road, began a five-game venture and will visit Boston on Friday.
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