NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 15th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (10-12) at Phoenix Suns (18-3), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns, holders of the NBA's best record, try to win their sixth straight game tonight when they host the Utah Jazz at America West Arena.
Since having a nine-game spurt ended against Minnesota on December 3, the Suns have reeled off victories against the Blazers, Warriors, Lakers, Bobcats and Magic. On Monday, Phoenix embarrassed Orlando, 121-100, in the second portion of a three-game homestand.
Quentin Richardson hit six of Phoenix's 13 three-pointers on his way to a 26- point effort. Amare Stoudemire added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who have set the franchise record for the best start to a season. Phoenix is now 18-3, surpassing the 1980-81 club's previous mark of 17-3.
Richardson hit 6-of-12 attempts from behind the arc, finishing the game 10- of-20 from the field. He has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, and averaging 22.3 points and five rebounds in that span.
As a team, the Suns went 13-of-30 from three-point land and shot 51 percent overall from the field (46-of-90).
Phoenix has had four games this season where they have scored 120 or more points.
The Suns, 9-2 on their home court, will visit Seattle on Friday.
Utah, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games after a six-game slide. On Tuesday, Mehmet Okur scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 93-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Delta Center.
Matt Harpring added 16 points and Carlos Boozer chipped in 13 for the Jazz, who won for only the second time in their last nine games. Raja Bell and Gordan Giricek each netted 12 points in the win.
Utah, 4-6 on the road, begins a five-game venture tonight and will visit Boston on Friday.
Phoenix defeated Utah, 115-102, on November 30 at the Delta Center, and has won two straight meetings. The Jazz, however, have won three straight at America West Arena.
12/15 10:59:48 ET