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NBA: Paul Millsap leads Utah Jazz over Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola, of Argentina, backs down Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, left, battles Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, of Poland, for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz head coach calls a timeout against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks, left, drives past Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, of Poland,  during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) pulls down a rebound over Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown passes around Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80.  (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) fouls Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola, of Argentina, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) passes against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz forward Alec Burks, left, is pressured by Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown, right, and Markieff Morris, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Utah Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley, right, and Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4), of Poland, is fouled by Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) as Paul Millsap (24) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 87-80. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Game over.

“We were having fun,” Millsap said. “Our team was having fun. We were doing what we supposed to do. … When we get out running and having fun, we’re going to beat any team in this league.”

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At a glance

Highlights

O Power forward Paul Millsap plays a great all-around game, finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

» Ten of Millsap’s points and four of his steals come in the fourth quarter.

» After allowing Phoenix 31 first-quarter points, the Jazz limit the Suns to just 49 for the rest of the game.

Jazz at Nuggets

O At Pepsi Center, Saturday, 7 p.m.

TV » Root Sports. Radio » 1320 AM, 1600 AM, 97.5 FM

Records » Jazz 17-17, Nuggets 18-16

Last meeting » Jazz, 105-103 (Nov. 26)

Season series » Tied, 1-1

About the Jazz » This will be their 20th road game. Only Denver has played more (22). … In two games against the Nuggets this season, they are 12-for-45 on three-point shots. … On Nov. 9 in Denver, they lost, 104-84. C Al Jefferson scored two points on 1-for-9 shooting.

About the Nuggets » They are 10-2 at home but come off a 101-97 loss to Minnesota. … Against the Timberwolves, University of Utah product Andre Miller became the eighth player in history with 15,000 points and 7,500 assists. … F Danilo Gallinari is their top scorer (15.8).

Jazz 87, Suns 80

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

MaWllms 20:30 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 0

Millsap 32:32 9-16 1-2 4-10 3 3 19

Jefferson 29:32 8-17 5-5 0-8 3 2 21

Tinsley 20:17 1-2 0-0 0-3 5 1 2

Foye 26:39 6-10 0-0 0-1 2 1 13

Favors 31:30 5-11 0-0 3-9 2 4 10

Watson 19:02 0-3 0-0 0-1 8 0 0

Hayward 25:04 7-15 0-0 0-0 1 0 14

Carroll 11:25 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 0 4

Burks 21:03 2-7 0-2 0-2 3 2 4

Evans 2:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 40-89 6-9 9-38 27 16 87

Percentages: FG .449, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Foye 1-2, Burks 0-1, Favors 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Tinsley 0-1, Watson 0-1, Ma.Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 12 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Favors, Jefferson, Tinsley). Turnovers: 10 (Foye 2, Watson 2, Ma.Williams 2, Burks, Favors, Millsap, Tinsley). Steals: 11 (Millsap 5, Ma.Williams 2, Favors, Foye, Jefferson, Tinsley). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Phoenix Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Tucker 24:12 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 2 0

Scola 35:33 7-17 1-2 2-8 4 5 15

Gortat 40:22 7-9 4-6 3-11 0 1 18

Dragic 35:04 8-16 0-0 1-3 6 2 17

Dudley 38:12 6-10 3-3 0-6 5 1 16

Brown 21:06 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 0

Beasley 7:38 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

Morris 12:28 1-7 0-0 0-3 1 3 2

O’Neal 7:38 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0

Telfair 12:56 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 0 10

Johnson 2:26 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Marshall 2:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Totals 240:01 34-75 8-11 7-40 23 18 80

Percentages: FG .453, FT .727. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Telfair 2-4, Dragic 1-4, Dudley 1-4, Scola 0-1, Morris 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 21 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Gortat 3, Scola 3, Morris 2, Brown, Telfair). Turnovers: 20 (Dudley 6, Dragic 3, Gortat 3, Scola 3, Morris 2, Beasley, O’Neal, Telfair). Steals: 5 (Dragic 2, Brown, Gortat, Scola). Technical Fouls: None.

Utah 25 17 29 16 — 87

Phoenix 31 9 22 18 — 80

Attendance » 14,874

Time » 1:56.

Officials » Ron Garretson, Derrick Collins, Scott Twardoski.

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