Utah Jazz defeat Phoenix Suns 87-80
Phoenix • A winning streak. Three words that haven't been uttered around the Utah Jazz in quite a while.
With a dominating defensive performance, and a great second half from Paul Millsap, the Jazz smashed the Phoenix Suns 87-80 at US Airways Center on Friday night.
In doing so, Utah held the Suns to a mere 49 points after the first quarter. They smothered Phoenix with suffocating defense and turned the last few minutes into garbage time as a result.
Heading into a matchup with Denver on Saturday night, it was a much-needed road win for Utah. It's also the first time since 2010 the Jazz have beaten Phoenix on the road.
With Enes Kanter out with a sprained ankle, Derrick Favors received extended minutes and had a huge impact with his defense and activity in the paint. Without as much pressure to produce on defense, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap dominated on the other end.
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This is the second consecutive win for the Jazz, who defeated Minnesota on Wednesday night.