Burke, Jazz beat Suns for 1st road victory

Trey Burke had the biggest game of his young NBA career, and the

Utah Jazz finally have a victory on the road.

Burke scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers in the final

four minutes, and the Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on

Saturday night.

Richard Jefferson added 15 for the Jazz, who were 0-9 on the

road entering the contest and lost 112-101 at home to Phoenix on

Friday night. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors added 14 apiece as

Utah put seven players in double figures.

Goran Dragic had 24 points and nine assists for the Suns.

Channing Frye added 17 points for Phoenix.

Utah has won two of three but has just three victories in 18

games this season. Burke’s previous high was 14 in the Jazz’s

overtime win over Chicago two games ago.

”Our guys thought they could just show up tonight and win the

game and in this game it doesn’t happen that way, but they don’t

want to listen to it,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. ”Coaches

are telling them they have to be ready and that’s what

happens.”

Burke, a first-round draft pick who was the college player of

the year at Michigan, shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.

His last 3 put the Jazz up 105-97 with 1:13 to play.

”I wasn’t trying to settle for the 3,” he said, ”I was trying

to get in the paint and get a 4- or 5-foot jump shot or make the

defense collapse so I could kick it out for an open jump

shot.”

But he said he saw the Suns get mixed up on a screen ”and I was

at the 3-point line and had the confidence to shoot it.”

The Jazz had trailed by as many as 20 points in their loss to

Phoenix on Friday but were either close or ahead throughout this

one.

”We felt like Phoenix came into our building and could do

whatever they wanted to do,” Williams said. ”They beat us in

transition, they beat us in half court, so we wanted to come in

tonight and really focus on those two areas and it really worked

out for us.”

Utah led by as many as nine points before the Suns finished the

first half with a 12-1 run to lead 53-49 at the break.

The Jazz took the lead three minutes into the third quarter and

held it the rest of the period, but never by more than four

points.

Eric Bledsoe, who scored eight in the period, sank two free

throws with 15 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Utah’s lead

to 78-77 entering the fourth.

Enes Kanter opened the final period with a 4-foot hook shot,

then Jeremy Evans sank a 20-footer to give Utah its biggest lead of

the half, 82-77. The Suns’ Gerald Green nailed a 3-pointer to make

it 82-80, then made two in a row to tie it at 86. But Alec Burks

scored four in a 6-1 spurt that gave Utah a 93-87 lead with 6:38 to

play.

Williams’ 3-pointer extended the lead to 98-91 with 5:15 to

play. Bledsoe, in his second game back after missing five with a

bruised shin, made two free throws to cut it to 98-95 4:09 from the

finish, but Burke sank a 3 from far beyond the top of the key and

the Jazz were up 101-95 with 3:53 left.

Frye’s rebound basket with 3:35 to go cut it to 101-97. After

Gordon Hayward made one of two free throws for the Jazz, Bledsoe

missed two from the foul line, then Burke made his final 3 to make

it an eight-point game. The Suns never got closer than four after

that.

”It was definitely frustrating,” the Suns P.J. Tucker said.

”It was a letdown, especially after playing so well

yesterday.”

Notes: Utah’s other two victories have come at home against New

Orleans and Chicago. … After scoring 17 in the first half at Utah

on Friday night, Dragic had 14 points and eight assists at the

break Saturday. … Phoenix never led by more than six. … The

Jazz outscored the Suns 25-13 in second-chance points. … Utah

coach Tyrone Corbin was called for a technical foul at the end of

the first half, but Dragic missed the corresponding free throw at

the start of the third quarter.