In classic playoff fashion, Utah Jazz give Blazing Suns huge lead

A late scratch before the game started, Cam Payne was ruled out with right knee pain, giving Aaron Holiday the main ball handling duties off the bench, but it didn’t matter.

Despite falling 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Phoenix Suns earned one of their best wins of the season.

The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter, a complete turnaround from the struggles of the first three quarters.

The Suns now have a team record of 64 wins and 32 road wins. The 32 road wins also tie a league record for road wins in a season.

First half:

The game started off pretty lousy with five straight misses before Chris Paul ended the drought with a wide-open elbow jumper. But for the Jazz, the goal drought would not end so easily as they missed each of their first eight shots and also committed two turnovers during that span.

The quarter wasn’t even halfway and it looked like a Suns road as they trailed 11-0.

But once Bogdanovic scored Utah’s first basket of the game with a lopsided hook, the Jazz started to look alive. Over the next four minutes, the Jazz scored 18 points on seven-of-ten shooting (four 3-pointers) to make it a six-point game.

Phoenix finished the quarter with a six lead and they were lucky to have won even that much. Utah missed a couple of wide open threes and due to Jordan Clarkson’s whack isolations, couldn’t take advantage of all five of its offensive rebounds during the period.

The momentum stayed with Utah in the second as they opened the quarter with back-to-back dunks from Hernangomez and Gobert followed by a quick layup from Danuel House to tie the game at 30-all.

The second quarter felt like the polar opposite of the first as Phoenix was the team that couldn’t buy a basket. Their first score of the quarter came nearly five minutes into the period on an open dunk from Deandre Ayton.

A big key for the Jazz in the first half was bench play. Utah had 26 bench points to the Suns’ 4.

Leading 51-41 with three minutes left in the half, Devin Booker took over. Book scored 11 points on four straight marks to give the Suns their first lead since the start of the quarter.

At halftime, Utah led Phoenix 57-54.

Second part:

After those first minutes to open the game, the Jazz never looked back. They started the second half hot, opening the quarter on a 15-6 run to extend their lead into double digits once again on the backs of Mitchell and Bogdanovic.

The Suns’ struggles were illustrated by a 3-on-none fastbreak that became something of a turnover when an errant pass from Chris Paul bounced off Booker’s hands straight out of bounds.

It took nine minutes for Booker to get his first field goal of the second half, which cut the Jazz’s lead to eight.

Late in the third quarter, Booker was stopped for a shot and Utah’s Danuel House was called for a shooting foul, but after head coach Quin Snyder challenged the call, he nodded. only been overruled, but the fault has now been placed on Booker for kicking him. legs.

It was a huge four-point swing for Utah who already had a 12-point lead at the time.

To say the third quarter was a disaster for Phoenix would be a huge understatement. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.

On the last play of the quarter, the Suns forced a Mike Conley floater to miss only for it to end in a backhand and one for Rudy Gobert. But then, when his free throw missed, Utah secured the rebound and it turned into a three beat by Jordan Clarkson.

Somehow forcing a miss increased the Suns’ deficit to 12-17 and the game was pretty much over.

Where was it?

Clearly, Phoenix can’t (and won’t) understand the concept of losing games as they opened the fourth on a 10-3 run to bring the game under 10.

Halfway through the quarter, it was only an eight-point game and Booker hadn’t even seen the floor yet.

After an 11-0 run by the Suns, Utah led by just two with four minutes left and the game was everyone’s game. Phoenix had no stake in this game, but they still played like their playoff lives were on the line.

After being almost invisible for most of the game, Mikal Bridges took the ball from the three-point line and made a super lay-up through three-time Defensive Player of the Year Gobert to tie the game at 98 The Suns had a dynamic meteor on their side.

With less than two minutes left, the Suns earned their first second-half lead on a Bridges flush with less than 90 seconds left.

The nail in the coffin for Utah once again came from the no. 25 as Bridges got a layup and one to give the Suns a two possession lead and the game was over.

Jazz’s Twitter account even prepared preemptively for this inevitable collapse.

In a meaningless game that Phoenix could have waived, they played their starters and took the upset victory on the road. The Suns proved tonight every night that they are playoff ready because they always take their opponents seriously, even when they shouldn’t.

Final score: Suns 111-Jazz 105