Suns bring down the House on Utah
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Eddie House scored a career-high 31 points,
including seven three-pointers, as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Utah Jazz
102-94 at America West Arena.
House led five Suns in double figures, as Phoenix shot 49 percent from the
floor and connected on 13 treys in the win.
Leandro Barbosa tallied 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Steve Nash dished
out 10 assists for the Suns, who have won two of their last three.
Mehmet Okur scored 29 points and rookie Deron Williams added 21 for Utah,
which has lost four straight.
The Jazz shot just 42 percent, but received solid contributions off the bench
from Kris Humphries, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Devin Brown with
The second half belonged to the Arizona State product House, who energized the
team on both ends of the floor.
Leading 74-67 entering the fourth quarter, the Suns hit their first four shots
to extend the lead to 85-69. Boris Diaw-Riffiod hit a three-pointer, then
House drained a trey from the right wing. After a Jim Jackson three-pointer
off of a Diaw-Riffiod assist, House penetrated and connected on a mid-range
jumper with 9:48 left.
House wasn’t finished, as he hit another three-pointer out of a Jazz timeout
to increase the lead to 88-71 with 9:17 left.
From there Phoenix put the game on cruise control, milking the shot clock and
taking care of the ball. The Jazz got no closer than the final margin, eight,
late in the game.
After an uneventful opening quarter that saw Utah lead 19-18, the pace picked
up in the second quarter. Phoenix started the period on an 18-9 spurt to open
a 36-28 advantage. House hit bookend treys around a coast-to-coast lay-in with
5:54 left in the half.
Phoenix led 47-42 after a slow-paced opening half, in which Utah forced a half
The Suns have won six of the last seven meetings…Phoenix guard Raja Bell
scored 12 points for the Suns and Shawn Marion added 10 points and seven
rebounds, the first game he did not tally a double-double this season…House
was the first player to score 21 or more points versus the Jazz this
season…Phoenix is 2-4 at home this season and 2-0 on the road…Williams
made his second career start…The Jazz continue to be riddled with injuries
as Carlos Boozer, Matt Harpring, Andrei Kirilenko and Keith McLeod did not
play…House had 11 points in the pivotal final period…Phoenix beat Utah on
November 5, 97-88 in the team’s first meeting this season.