Utah 103, Phoenix 88

Date - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:00 PM
Location - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Officials - #54 Nick Buchert, #43 Dan Crawford, #30 John Goble
Attendance - 16949

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Phoenix 23 21 27 17 88
Utah 34 19 22 28 103

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 23-49 16-20 7-29 L4
Utah 36-36 26-9 10-27 W2

Recap


Jazz 103, Suns 88:
Al Jefferson led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds as host Utah downed Phoenix to move back to .500 and stay within a game of the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

Gordon Hayward also scored 25 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 13 boards for the Jazz, who are one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers and pulled a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks in a tight race for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Wesley Johnson scored 22 points, Luis Scola added 20 and Kendall Marshall dished out 13 assists as the Suns dropped their fourth straight game.

Utah led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before settling for a 53-44 lead at the half. The Jazz had it back out to 13 early in the third before Phoenix closed the period with a quick burst to cut it to 75-71 heading into the fourth.

But Utah quickly put things away in the final period, opening with a 17-2 spurt. Hayward scored six straight points later in the quarter to push it to 101-84 and the Jazz coasted to the finish.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Phoenix starting PG Goran Dragic, who put up 31 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the Suns’ last game on Sunday, was given the night off for rest. Phoenix will play the second night of a back-to-back Thursday at home against Sacramento. … Utah improved to 26-9 at home. The Jazz will play six of their final 10 games in Salt Lake City. … Suns C Jermaine O’Neal (calf) returned from a two-game absence but struggled to three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Utah
Wesley Johnson 22 Scoring Gordon Hayward 25
Kendall Marshall 13 Assists Mo Williams 10
Luis Scola 7 Rebounds Derrick Favors 13
Luis Scola 4 Free Throws Made Gordon Hayward 4
Wesley Johnson 3 Steals Derrick Favors 2
Markieff Morris 2 Blocks Derrick Favors 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 88 44.7 6-16 14-19 27 36 4 7 17
Utah 103 51.8 6-15 9-13 30 46 6 10 16

Upcoming Games

  • Utah will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Jazz have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Suns have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .312 after a loss.