NBA Basketball

105
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Phoenix 39 11 24 31 105
Utah 18 30 16 33 97
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , January 26, 2022
Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 18,306

Jazz aim to end skid in rematch with Suns

According to STATS
According to STATS

Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz

  1. On Monday, the Suns beat the Jazz, 115-109, for their fifth consecutive win in the series, having scored at least 106 points in all five wins. It is the first time Phoenix has scored more than 105 points in five straight games against Utah since doing so in 10 straight from 1981-82 to 1983-84.
  2. Phoenix has reeled off seven straight wins and are the last team left in the NBA with single-digit losses this season. A win over Utah would see the Suns go the furthest they've ever gone into a season before hitting 10 losses.
  3. Chris Paul had 27 points and 14 assists against the Jazz on Monday. It was the 18th game in Paul's career with at least 27 points and 14 assists but his first one since the 2014-15 season.
  4. The Jazz were without both Rudy Gobert (calf) and Donovan Mitchell (concussion) on Monday. Since Mitchell was drafted in 2017, Utah is 1-6 (.143) when both Gobert and Mitchell don't play.
  5. Jared Butler had a game-high four steals on Monday with three of those steals coming in a 114-second span in the second quarter. Butler has four steals total in his other 20 career games in the NBA.
  6. In a rare start for the Jazz, Jordan Clarkson fired in four three-pointers on his way to 22 points on Monday. Clarkson has 17 made threes in his four career starts with the Jazz, which is the most three-pointers made in a player's first four starts for Utah.

The Utah Jazz were in a good mood after playing the Phoenix Suns on Monday, considering they'd just lost for the eighth time in 10 games. The reason was simple: Despite falling 115-109 on the road, the Jazz gave a spirited effort with a skeleton crew.

Six of Utah's nine leading scorers didn't play in Phoenix, including All-Stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Mike Conley Jr. Also out were Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neale and Joe Ingles.

Many of those players will likely dress for the rematch Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. But Utah's fill-ins gave quite the showing in Phoenix: After falling behind by 13 in the opening half, the Jazz rallied to take a 95-91 lead in the fourth quarter.

Both teams were impressed by the effort.

"We had a good start to the game and then we got a little comfortable," Suns star Devin Booker said. "Those guys were ready to play. They took advantage of their opportunity, came out aggressive and confident. Once they got confidence, they were a little tougher to stop."

Phoenix seized control with a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter. The Suns were led by Chris Paul's near triple-double of 27 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Booker scored a game-high 33 points.

Utah's offense was topped by reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson, who scored 22 points in a rare start. Veterans Rudy Gay and Hassan Whiteside contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively. The rest of the team's seven double-digit scorers aren't exactly household names: Trent Forrest (career-high 17 points), Danuel House Jr. and Eric Paschall (14 each), and Jared Butler (13).

"I was pleased with our competitiveness. ... That's something that our team needs to continue to replicate night in and night out," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "That's something that's within our control, playing with that level of intensity."

That consistent intensity has been missing for much of the past month during Utah's struggles, which happened after a stretch in which the Jazz had two long winning streaks and won 16 of 19 games.

"With the lineup not really being the normal Jazz, it took the whole team. For the most part, we bought in, we competed at a high level, we had the mental focus, for sure," Butler said. "We didn't come out there expecting to lose, we didn't go out there expecting, 'OK, we're playing the top team in the West -- let's just lay down and get shots up.' We came out to win."

A renewed attitude like that from the regulars, when they return, will certainly help. House believes the Jazz have a really good chance to be "extremely phenomenal" once everything falls into place.

"The guys that played today ... for them to take the No. 1 team in the Western Conference and have a dog fight, it shows you how much toughness this team has," House said. "Of course, we're not the starters, so just imagine if we are fully healthy and everybody's come back. I feel like this team can do a lot of things."

To the Suns' credit, they won despite missing three key contributors due to injuries: Cameron Payne (wrist), Deandre Ayton (ankle) and Jae Crowder (wrist).

--Field Level Media

Updated January 26, 2022

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