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NBA: Win over Phoenix lets Jazz breathe easier before road trip
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) takes a jumpshot during warmups before a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) stretches during warmups before a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors takes a jumpshot during warmups before a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans takes a jumpshot during warmups before a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) attempts a layup as he is defended by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) attempts a layup as he is defended by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) tries to drive the basket as (left) Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (14) defends at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(left) Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) takes a jump shot as Phoenix Suns small forward Michael Beasley (0) defends at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives the basket during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives the basket as (right) Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) defends during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) attempts a layup as Phoenix Suns small forward Wesley Johnson (2) defends during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(left) Phoenix Suns shooting guard P.J. Tucker (17) defends as Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) takes a shot during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(middle) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) takes a shot as Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (11) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) takes a shot as at Phoenix Suns small forward Michael Beasley (0) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) looks the pass the ball as Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair (31) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) drives the basket past (left) Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin yells from the sidelines during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) attempts a layup as he is defended by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
(right) Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) attempts a layup as he is defended by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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(left) Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) defends as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) takes a jump shot during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives the basket past Phoenix Suns point guard Shannon Brown (26) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is blocked by Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (14) while attempting a layup in the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Alvin Gentry, the Phoenix Suns' head coach in this 2012 photo, is now an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers. A Yahoo! Sports report says the Utah Jazz will interview Gentry for their coaching vacancy.
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(right) Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) attempts a layup as Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (11) defends at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) passes the ball past Phoenix Suns shooting guard P.J. Tucker (17) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) competes with (left) Phoenix Suns shooting guard P.J. Tucker (17) for a rebound during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks the ball during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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(from left) Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4), small forward Michael Beasley (0) and forward Markieff Morris (11) react on the bench as they fall behind the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) battles with (back) Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) and (right) Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (11) for a rebound during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talks with Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) on the sidelines during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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(back) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) put pressure on Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (14) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) dives over Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (14) for a loose ball during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) keeps control of a ball on the floor as he feel pressure from Phoenix Suns players at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012. The Jazz went on to win the game 94-81.
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(right) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) attempts a layup as he is defended by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10, 2012.
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Tinsley made only his second start in two seasons with the Jazz.

Once again, however, he came through with a dynamic performance despite limited minutes in the first six games.

“I just respect his professionalism all the time he’s been here,” said Corbin. “He’s always been ready when we’ve called in him. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, and I really appreciate it.”

Marvin Williams agreed.

“That’s the definition of a pro,” he said. “... That’s a guy who has been in the league for a while and takes his job very seriously.”

With Tinsley running the offense, Utah converted 10 of its first 18 possessions and the Jazz jumped to a 22-11 lead.

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They remained in control most of the way, although the Suns rallied from a 77-55 deficit in the third quarter.

Phoenix used a 19-2 run to put pressure on the Jazz and get within 79-74. But Paul Millsap’s jumper with 4:29 left and Al Jefferson’s six points in the final 3:43 helped ice the victory.

“We weren’t executing, and we didn’t get any stops,” Millsap said. “They came down and got layups. ... We just didn’t play good defense and let them come back in the game.”

Asked about the Jazz’s inability to bury the Suns when they had the chance, Tinsley said, “That’s basketball. Sometimes shots don’t go in. They weren’t going in for a while and their [shots] were going in.”

Tinsley finished 0-for-3 from the field but, given those 14 assists, nobody was too worried.

“Whatever they need from me, I try to go out and do my best,” he said. “Just play hard and, on the court or off the court, help other guys get ready for the game. ... Just control what you can control.”

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Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward score 18 points as the Jazz win their third straight home game.

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