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NBA: Paul Millsap leads Utah Jazz over Phoenix Suns
Jazz 87, Suns 80 » Battered, bruised forward sets the tone with his rugged, energetic play.


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"Look at the play just before the end of the half. Not a lot of guys can make that play, going to the basket. … He gives us something on offense. But we have to make sure he gives us something on defense, also."

Behind Jefferson, the Jazz extended their lead in the third quarter.

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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).

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It was only 71-64, though, when Millsap scored twice and forced a turnover that led to a Derrick Favors dunk.

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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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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