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"He always has the answer," Dragic said. "I think the most important thing, especially for our team because we have a lot of young players, he’s always calm. He knows what he’s going to do on the next possession. That gives us players big confidence that we can play against the best teams in the NBA."

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At a glance

Suns at Jazz

O At EnergySolutions Arena

Tipoff » Wednesday, 7 p.m.

TV » ROOT Sports

Radio » 97.5 FM, 1280 AM

Records »  Jazz 20-36; Suns 33-22

About the Jazz » Derrick Favors returned the lineup Monday, scoring 20 points and helping the Jazz snap a three-game losing skid. … Guard Alec Burks has averaged better than 20 points a game over his last six. … Wednesday is the Jazz’s last home game before a difficult six-game road trip, the longest of the season.

About the Suns »  Will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back after facing the Timberwolves on Tuesday night in Phoenix. … Goran Dragic (20 ppg, 6 apg) is having one of the best seasons of his career, though he was left off the All-Star roster. … Gerald Green is averaging 16 points per game in his 37 starts.

Western Conference

W L Pct GB

Oklahoma City 43 14 .754 —

San Antonio 40 16 .714 2½

Houston 39 18 .684 4

L.A. Clippers 39 20 .661 5

Portland 39 18 .684 4

Golden State 35 22 .614 8

Dallas 35 23 .603 8½

Phoenix 33 23 .589 9½

Memphis 31 24 .564 11

Minnesota 28 29 .491 15

Denver 25 31 .446 17½

New Orleans 23 33 .411 19½

Utah 20 36 .357 22½

Sacramento 20 37 .351 23

L.A. Lakers 19 38 .333 24

Note » Top eight teams make playoffs

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