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
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
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
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
”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
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
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
”It was definitely frustrating,” the Suns P.J. Tucker said.
”It was a letdown, especially after playing so well
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.