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Tuesday night’s game started tight, just the way everybody expected it would, but, as the quarters wore on, the Jazz took care of their business. They hauled a 49-42 first-half lead through the second half, losing it, and then extending it back out in the fourth period.
That span was when the fun really started.
There was a one-point Suns lead, a two-point Jazz lead, a four-point Jazz lead taken to seven by a Paul Millsap three-point play at the six-minute mark.
From there, it was Utah’s game for the taking, largely because of the front line of Millsap, Favors and Jefferson, who combined for 57 points and 42 rebounds. Phoenix had no answer for that. And that fact eliminated the Suns from a postseason the Jazz are now assured of.
The Jazz players celebrated in their locker room, then, rather seriously turned their thoughts to an extended season.
Good news for the Jazz, and their fans, at least some of them, depending on which direction they ultimately wanted their team to go.
GORDON MONSON hosts the "Gordon Monson Show" weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 AM The Zone. He’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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