Posted January 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
Al Jefferson scored 21 points and Paul Millsap added 19 to lead the Utah Jazz past the slumping Phoenix Suns, 87-80 on Friday night. Gordon Hayward added 14 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 5 - 12. Utah was without center Enes Kanter, who sprained his right ankle in a win Wednesday against Minnesota. Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix. Goran Dragic added 17 points, but only six after the first quarter. Utah's bench outscored Phoenix's reserves 32-14. Randy Foye gave the Jazz the lead for good, 47-44, on a 3-pointer with 9:41 left in the third quarter. Four minutes later, Jefferson scored six straight points to key a 14-2 run that stretched Utah's lead to 65-52. Phoenix pulled no closer than seven the rest of the way. The Suns shot 77.8 percent from the floor in the first quarter to take a 31-25 lead, with three of four starters scoring eight points or more. But that abruptly changed in the se...
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