Marion and Nash Lead Suns Over Jazz
Phoenix 97, Utah 88
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion and Steve Nash provided a 1-2 punch to spoil a Saturday night for the Utah Jazz.
Marion scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Nash had 14 with 11 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 97-88 victory over the Jazz, who lost for the first time this season.
Phoenix, which was a league-best 31-10 on the road and led the NBA with 110.4 points per game last season, showed some defensive grit in the third period, holding Utah to 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
Utah's Gordan Giricek made a layup with 3:12 remaining to cut the deficit to 87-83 before Marion and Nash combined for eight of Phoenix's final 10 points as the Suns defeated the Jazz for the fifth time in six meetings.
Boris Diaw came off the bench to score 14 points and Kurt Thomas and James Jones added 11 apiece for the Suns, who committed only nine turnovers and sank all 15 free throws.
Giricek scored 17 points, Andrei Kirilenko added 14 with 14 rebounds and Mehmet Okur 13 and 12 for the Jazz, who held a 55-34 rebounding edge but committed 23 turnovers.