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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz had an almost unfair advantage before their game
against the Phoenix Suns even began. Tom Brady Jersey . The Suns were without
three starters and had gone into overtime the night before. It took a little
while, but the Jazz took advantage and routed the weary, short-handed Suns
108-86 Thursday night. Utah ran with Phoenix early and by the third quarter the
fatigue and the glaring holes in the Suns starting lineup finally showed. “Any
time someone comes in on a back-to-back and you dont, youre fresh. You should
want to run them early,” said Utahs Deron Williams, who had 17 points and 11
assists. Phoenix was without two-time league MVP Steve Nash of Victoria, who
stayed home with the flu. Grant Hill was recovering from an appendectomy the day
before and Shawn Marion sat behind the bench with a bruised elbow. Still, the
Suns opened with their usual fast pace and stayed within single digits until
midway through the third quarter. Mehmet Okur scored 22 points and pulled down
17 rebounds and Ronnie Brewer tied his career high with 21 points. Utah
outscored Phoenix 28-12 in the third quarter, holding the Suns to just five
field goals and closing the period with seven straight points. “We had a little
lapse there where they were able to catch up to us, but we broke out in the
third quarter because of our defence,” Williams said. “We got some stops and
were able to get out and run and get some easy baskets.” Carlos Boozer added 18
points and Kyle Korver scored 11 for the Jazz, who also were short-handed, but
not nearly to the extent the Suns were. “I wish every team was healthy and I
wish every team had all their players every night. Thats a better indication of
who your are,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. Forward Matt Harpring was not with
the team because his wife was in labour, and forward Andrei Kirilenko missed his
third straight game because of inflammation in his lower back. The Suns were
still recovering from Wednesday night, when they rallied from 16 points down to
beat Indiana 129-122 in overtime. Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and 14 rebounds
and Leandro Barbosa scored 25, but were the only Suns to score in double
figures. “I thought for the first half, we gave it a shot. We came out in the
second half and our legs were wobbly,” Phoenix coach Mike DAntoni said. “We just
didnt have enough fire power. We had some guys that tried to get it done, but
didnt quite get it done.” Stoudemire hit a free throw that got Phoenix within
63-54, then the Jazz blew it open with a 13-2 run. Williams started it with a
long alley-oop to Brewer for a dunk as Utah scored six straight points.
Stoudemire got in a dunk for Phoenix, but the Jazz responded with seven points
in a row, taking a 76-56 lead on Okurs 23-foot jumper with about 3 minutes left.
Williams was leading a fast break about 30 seconds later and instead of going
for the points tossed it over to Brewer for another dunk that delighted the
fans. “They put up a lot of points. Theyre a hard team to stop, but once we
started getting stops, it led to easy buckets,” Brewer said. Utah led 86-60 at
the end of the third and reserves for both teams – including all four of
Phoenixs – played most of the fourth. Notes: Nash hadnt missed a game this
season. .. Brian Skinner had the Suns only bench points through three quarters
with two. .. The Jazz opened the second quarter 1-for-15. .. Harprings wife had
a baby girl, the couples second child. .. C.J. Miles started for Kirilenko and
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