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Phoenix Suns have hot hand in 120-111 win over Utah Jazz


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Minnesota arrives in Utah without rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

"You can’t do anything about that," coach Rick Adelman said. "You have to go out and play with who you have and see what happens. … It was a blow at first, but I think guys realize what we have to do."

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Channing Frye scores 26 points.

» The Suns shoot 56.4 percent from the field and Steve Nash hands out 16 assists.

» Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 18 points for Utah, which loses for the third time in four games.

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According to Adelman, the Timberwolves can survive the loss of Rubio if players like rookie Derrick Williams elevate their play.

"The key is, you need people who haven’t been playing to step up," Adelman said. "It’s like D-Will. He hasn’t been playing but we stepped up big-time the last two games. That’s what is going to get you through. That’s what is going to make the adjustment easier."

luhm@sltrib.com




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