Jazz and Suns square off at America West Arena
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz try and put the brakes on a three-game losing
streak this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game road trip against the
Phoenix Suns at America West Arena.
Utah’s latest loss came on Tuesday, as it was routed 119-83 by the Sacramento
Kings at ARCO Arena. Milt Palacio led the Jazz with 19 points off the bench
and Deron Williams added 12 but no other player reached double figures for
Utah, which has lost four of five.
Center Mehmet Okur, who leads the team with 19.4 points-per-game, managed just
five points on 2-of-6 shooting in nearly 22 minutes. The 6-foot-11 Okur has
totaled just 17 points in his last two games after recording 62 in the two
games prior to that stretch.
Utah, which will return home for two games following tonight’s contest, is 3-3
away from home this season.
Phoenix, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s contest on a sour note as well after
falling at home, 115-103, to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Shawn Marion had 23 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Suns, who have lost
three of their last four contests. Steve Nash added 17 points and 13 assists,
and Leandro Barbosa scored 17 for Phoenix.
Marion has posted a double-double in every game this season
The Suns closed within nine points twice, the last time at 107-98 on an alley-
oop jam from Marion off a feed from Nash with 3:21 remaining in the fourth.
However, Damon Stoudamire scored the next eight points with a 23-foot jumper
and two shots from beyond the arc to seal the victory.
Phoenix, which will head to San Antonio tomorrow, is 1-4 in its building this
The Suns defeated Utah earlier in the season and has won five of the last six
meetings. The Jazz have also lost two straight in Phoenix.