SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17 (Ticker) -- Raja Bell
received a nice welcome,
then became somewhat of a rude guest.
Bell scored five of his 20 points during a decisive
third-quarter burst as the Phoenix Suns notched a 106-95
preseason victory over the Utah Jazz.
After scoring in double figures in each of his two seasons with
the Jazz, Bell signed a five-year, $24 million contract with the
Suns in the offseason. With the trades of Joe Johnson
, he will be expected to provide offense and
well as his normally solid defense.
When he was introduced, Bell received a warm ovation from the
crowd at the Delta Center. However, his 3-pointer gave the Suns
the lead for good at 66-64 with 6:41 left in the third period.
That was part of a 21-8 surge that featured six points from
and five from Jim Jackson
and gave Phoenix an 84-72
advantage late in the quarter. Utah got no closer than five
Marion scored 19 points, James Jones
added 18 and Kurt Thomas
for the Suns, who played without forwards Pat Burke
strain) and Brian Grant.
scored 18 points for the Jazz, who were without
forwards Carlos Boozer
(hamstring) and Matt Harpring
First-round pick Deron Williams
started at point guard but
played just eight minutes.