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April 7, 2015

Brook Lopez scores 32, Nets beat short-handed Blazers

brook lopezBrook Lopez doesn't speak to his twin brother on the court. Hadn't spoken to him at all since a late-night McDonald's run the night before. His play did all the talking Monday. He dominated Robin Lopez and the short-handed Portland frontcourt with 32 points and nine rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Trail Blazers 106-96 in the only game on the NBA schedule. Robin Lopez joked before the game that his brother was a ''crappy center.'' ''Well, it might have been a fluke,'' Brook Lopez said. No way. The two-time Eastern Conference player of the week is doing it regularly now that he's back fully healthy again. ''He's a stubborn guy,'' Robin Lopez said. ''No matter what people say about him, no matter what happens, he's just going to stick with what he knows how to do. That's what he's been doing.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

March 30, 2015

James scores 20 and Cavaliers slip past 76ers 87-86

lebron jamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers won't get style points for Sunday's 87-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. And that's just fine with LeBron James. Moving 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for second place in the Eastern Conference was all that mattered to James, who led Cleveland with 20 points. ''You find a way to win,'' he said as the Cavaliers hung on for their 16th straight home victory despite being held scoreless over the final 4:04. ''This is a winning league. No matter however you gotta do it, you do it.'' The Cavaliers, coming off a stretch that had them play 14 of 19 games on the road, struggled to put away the team with the third-worst record in the league. Cleveland, which is 29-7 since Jan. 13, lost to Brooklyn on Friday and scuffled at times in wins over Indiana and Milwaukee. Read more here.

Clippers beat Celtics 119-106 for 7th straight win

jj redickThe Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 119-106 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win. On March 13, the Clippers - minus Blake Griffin - lost 129-99 in Dallas. Then they dropped a home game against Houston two days later, 100-98. Since then, it's been nothing but wins, including four double-digit road victories. ''Our offensive execution is amazing and our defense has held teams to 16- and 18-point quarters,'' Paul said. ''With Blake back, he makes us that much more dangerous and you have to pick your poison.'' Griffin had 21 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which jumped out to a 68-47 halftime lead. DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 18 points. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

February 24, 2015

Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves, 113-102

james hardenJames Harden focused on getting his teammates involved until he got himself going. Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Harden missed his first seven shots but got going late in the first quarter. He said when his shots aren't falling, it helps him to find his teammates open. ''When I get my teammates confident to shoot their shots and be aggressive and get them in their rhythm, I can get into mine and that makes everything easy,'' Harden said. Harden had 13 points at halftime and was a rebound away from wrapping up his fourth career triple-double entering the fourth. When he juked Ricky Rubio with a crossover that sent the defender stumbling to the court and stepped back to swish a 3-pointer to end the third, it was clear that it was his night. Read more here.

Grizzlies beat Clippers 90-87 behind Conley and Green

mike conleyThe Memphis Grizzlies are on a roll with Jeff Green. The Los Angeles Clippers aren't the same without Blake Griffin. When the teams got together, they played a grind-it-out style better suited to the Grizzlies than the high-flying Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended with a 90-87 loss Monday night. Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and Marc Gasol had 14 to help the Grizzlies improve to 15-3 since Green joined the team on Jan. 12. ''We just grind, play hard, play defense and play together,'' said Zach Randolph, who had 10 rebounds. ''There's nothing pretty about it. We don't have any high-fliers. We always play the same way, so it didn't matter if Blake was out there or not.'' It did to the Clippers, who still had their other late-game option in Chris Paul. But he lost the ball with 1.9 seconds left and bent over with his hands in his head. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 30, 2015

Lakers stop 9-game skid, beat Bulls 123-118 in double OT

jordan hillWhen the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime. That's when the young, patchwork Lakers discovered a poise they've never had before - just in time to avoid a historic defeat. Jordan Hill scored 26 points and forced the second overtime with a clutch jumper, and the Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion with a 123-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and rookie Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who held off the Bulls for their first victory since Jan. 9. With big late baskets from everybody in their unassuming lineup, the Lakers avoided matching the 1994 squad coached by Magic Johnson for the longest skid in the 16-time champion franchise's history. Read more here.

Bucks end 17-game skid in Orlando, beat Magic 115-100

brandon knightFor the first time in more than a decade, the Milwaukee Bucks could celebrate after a game in Orlando. Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece and the Bucks ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando with a 115-100 victory on Thursday night. The Bucks never trailed and placed seven players in double figures, including all five starters. Brandon Knight had 16 points and eight assists, and O.J. Mayo scored 13 points in Milwaukee's first road victory in the series since Dec. 29, 2004. Milwaukee had 29 assists on 45 field goals and shot 51.7 percent for the game, including 12 of 25 from behind the 3-point line. ''I think our players take pride in moving the ball, making the next pass,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''I think they really enjoy playing with one another. That is why you see the ball move. They take pride in being part of the play.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 25, 2015

Aldridge returns and Blazers beat Wizards 103-96

lamarcus aldridgeEach time that LaMarcus Aldridge went to the free-throw line late in the game against the Washington Wizards, the Trail Blazers' forward was showered with a chant of ''MVP, MVP,'' from the hometown fans. Just two days before, Aldridge had announced he was going to have surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and would miss the next six to eight weeks. But in a dramatic turn, he announced Saturday that he'd play through the pain. And hours later, he had 26 points and nine rebounds in the Blazers' 103-96 victory over the Wizards. Even the public address announcer at the Moda Center beckoned the crowd to cheer him for a curtain call as he finally left the court. ''I'm not into the rah-rah story,'' Aldridge said. ''I just wanted to come back and play. I wanted to test it out at home, and versus these guys because I felt they were a physical team, and if I could play against these guys then that would be good. And I was OK.'' Read more here.

Randolph's double-double leads Grizzlies past Sixers 101-83

zach randolphThe experience of the Memphis Grizzlies was just too much for the young Philadelphia 76ers. Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win on Saturday night. ''They have a bunch of veterans who know how to play the game,'' said Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams, who had 10 points. ''They're a tough team, and we're a young team.'' Vince Carter added 13 points as the Grizzlies (31-12) won their sixth in the last seven games. Memphis led by as many as 25 in the second half, allowing coach Dave Joerger to rest his starters in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol, selected as an All-Star starter, finished with nine points, as did point guard Mike Conley. Jerami Grant from Syracuse, the 39th overall pick in last summer's draft, led the Sixers with a career-high 16 points. The Sixers shot 38 percent for the game and committed 24 turnovers. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 14, 2015

Mo Williams scores 52, Wolves top Pacers to end 15-game skid

mo williamsMo Williams scored a career-high 52 points, most in the NBA this season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Williams made six 3-pointers, including one that gave Minnesota a 102-96 lead. Andrew Wiggins added 20 points and Gorgui Dieng had 10 for the Timberwolves (6-31), who won for the first time since beating Portland 90-82 on Dec. 10. C.J. Miles had 22 points and C.J. Watson added 17 for the Pacers (15-25), who have lost three of four. Wiggins scored on a put-back dunk and then converted a 3-pointer to give the Timberwolves a 93-90 lead with 4:29 remaining. But it was mostly Williams who powered the Wolves to just their third road victory. After a couple of 3-pointers earlier in the fourth quarter, he tied the game at 83 on three free throws, including one for a technical called on Ian Mahinmi with 7:10 remaining. Read more here.

James' 33 in return not enough, Cavs lose sixth straight

lebron jamesLeBron James rejoined the Cavaliers and brought a lot of excitement with him. Just not quite enough for a Cleveland victory. James scored 33 points in his return from a two-week layoff but couldn't prevent the Cavaliers from going down to their sixth straight loss, 107-100 to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. James displayed his array of booming dunks, acrobatic drives and 3-point shots. ''I couldn't make those moves two weeks ago,'' he said. ''For me to come back and feel like myself again is pretty cool.'' Markieff Morris scored a career-high 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting for the Suns, who outscored the Cavs 11-3 over the last 3:31. Morris refused to talk to reporters afterward, walking away from them in the locker room. The Cavaliers rallied from a 19-point, third-quarter deficit to go ahead in the fourth, the first of eight lead changes down the stretch. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 2, 2014

Cousins, Kings survive close one in Minnesota

demarcus cousinsThe Sacramento Kings have been in a free fall since the surprising decision to fire coach Michael Malone almost three weeks ago, and rock bottom was staring them right in the face on Thursday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves had wiped away a 13-point deficit and snatched momentum in the fourth quarter. Somehow, the Kings found a way to squeak one out and remove a little bit of the tension that has been building since Malone's ouster. Rudy Gay had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Kings handed the Timberwolves their 10th straight loss with a 110-107 victory. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and seven rebounds after being ejected one night earlier, and the Kings shot 54 percent while each of their starters scored in double figures. Darren Collison scored 21 points and Derrick Williams had 17, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch. Read more here.

Rose leads Bulls over Nuggets 106-101

derrick roseDerrick Rose made up for all those misses with a bunch of big shots down the stretch. There was a quite a struggle. Then there was quite a transformation. Rose scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Denver Nuggets 106-101 on Thursday night. Jimmy Butler scored 26 for Chicago, and Pau Gasol added 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. The Bulls rejected a franchise-record 18 shots in all on the way to their 11th win in 13 games, but the difference in the end was their superstar point guard. Rose found his rhythm just in time after struggling the previous two games and for most of this one. ''My mentality is not going to change,'' he said. ''I'm going to shoot the ball. I'm a scoring guard.'' The 2011 MVP hit 7 of 25 shots after going 7 for 35 over the previous two games. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 19, 2014

Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury

stephen curryGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half. Kerr and the Warriors were a lot happier they didn't have to deal with Durant in the second half. Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Durant left with a sprained right ankle. ''I thought we did a tremendous job on him in the second half. I didn't even notice him in the second half,'' Kerr joked. ''We completely stopped him.'' It was the only way the Warriors could. Durant scored a season-high 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting in a spectacular first half that ended with him stepping on Marreese Speights' foot. Durant said he had a mild ankle sprain and X-rays were negative. Read more here.

Butler scores 35, Bulls beat Knicks 103-97

jimmy butlerIn a game missing Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony, it was Jimmy Butler who played like a star. Butler scored a career-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 103-97 on Thursday night. ''All I can say is thank God for Jimmy Butler,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''You can't say enough about him.'' Playing without Rose, who sat out with an illness, the Bulls got another strong game from Butler. He was 11 of 21 from the floor with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals, further staking a claim to an All-Star spot this season. ''He's playing extremely well, with a lot of confidence, with a lot of aggressiveness,'' said Bulls forward Pau Gasol, who had 20 points. ''He's asserting himself every single game at both ends of the floor.'' Still, the Bulls had trouble shaking a short-handed New York team that's lost three straight and 13 of 14. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 15, 2014

Kings fire coach Michael Malone after differences in style

michael maloneAfter a season-plus of an uneasy partnership, the Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Malone was informed of the decision on Sunday night, in the wake of losing seven of nine games without ill star center DeMarcus Cousins. Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach, likely for the term of the regular season. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that general manager Pete D'Alessandro will pursue ex-Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, but a high-ranking Kings source insisted Sunday night that it is unlikely a full-time replacement will be hired during the regular season. There has been significant tension between management and Malone on several fronts over the past year, and the firing ultimately turned out to be another cautionary tale in what happens when ownership doesn't put together management and coaching staffs that have similar philosophies and a shared partnership. Read more here.

Bryant passes Jordan for 3rd on scoring list

kobe bryantKobe Bryant has reached rarefied air. The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the mark with two free throws with 5:24 to play in the second quarter. ''I'm just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,'' Bryant said. ''I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don't last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.'' Now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone have scored more points than Bryant. ''I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone,'' Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement released to The Associated Press. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 12, 2014

Harden scores 44 to lead Rockets over Kings in OT

james hardenAlthough he struggled to hit shots in regulation, James Harden demonstrated in overtime why he's the NBA's leading scorer. Harden scored a season-high 44 points, including 10 in the extra period, and also had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets over the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Thursday night. After tying the game with a 3-pointer, Harden opened the extra period with seven unanswered points. The win was the fifth in six games for the Rockets, who are 9-3 on the road. Harden missed 17 of 27 shots in regulation, then went 4 of 5 in OT and converted three of four free throws, leading the way as the Rockets outscored the Kings 18-14 in the extra period. ''He was rolling. In overtime he just took over,'' Houston coach Kevin McHale said. Read more here.

Westbrook powers Thunder over Cavaliers

russell westbrookRussell Westbrook finished with 26 points and eight assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-94 win over the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers. The National Basketball Association contest was billed as a matchup of the last two NBA MVPs, but Kevin Durant was the only one to play as James sat out with a left knee problem. Westbrook and Durant combined to score 45 points with 13 assists. Durant's 19 points helped close out their fourth straight win. Kyrie Irving had to pick up the slack with James out and he delivered 20 points on seven-of-21 shooting. Kevin Love netted 18 points with 16 rebounds for the Cavs, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Cleveland managed just nine points over the final six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter without their closer James. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 7, 2014

Mavericks start fast, rout Bucks 125-102

chandler parsonsChandler Parsons did some extra work on his shooting in the morning, then made 11 of 14 shots on Sunday night. Parsons' 28 points helped the Dallas Mavericks roll to a 125-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. ''He is just really working at it,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We canceled shootaround, but he came in and wanted to shoot, so we shot for 20-30 minutes.'' The Mavericks built a 13-point lead with a 12-0 run in the first quarter and didn't trail again in their second victory in five days over the Bucks. Parsons had seven points in that run and nine in the opening period. ''I wanted to work with (Carlisle). I wasn't the only one here, but I just wanted to come in not asleep and be groggy,'' he said. ''I don't think one extra shooting session's going to help or hurt you, but it's always good to get extra work in.'' Dallas made 49 of 84 field goal attempts (58 percent). Read more here.

Durant, Thunder hand Pistons 12th straight loss

kevin durantThe Detroit Pistons hadn't won since beating the Oklahoma City Thunder last month on the road. For much of Sunday night, it looked like they were going to do it again. Josh Smith, though, missed a potential winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play, and the Thunder held on for a 96-94 victory. ''Obviously, I was going for the win, or I wouldn't have shot a 3,'' Smith said. ''I had a great look, but it just didn't go down.'' The Pistons have lost 12 straight, two short of the franchise record. Detroit's last win came on Nov. 14, a game that both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed due to injury. This time, Westbrook and Durant were healthy, and combined for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. Serge Ibaka added 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Thunder, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 19 points. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 2, 2014

Bryant helps Lakers beat Pistons 106-96

kobe bryantA game after posting the 20th triple-double of his career, Kobe Bryant looked flustered. Passes weren't connecting, shots weren't falling and his Lakers were locked in a back-and-forth struggle with the lowly Detroit Pistons. But vintage Bryant showed up, albeit briefly, in the third quarter to hoist Los Angeles out of its rut for a 106-96 victory Tuesday night. Bryant scored all 12 of his points in a row. The Pistons held the NBA's leading scorer without a point in the first half, but still lost their ninth in a row. ''I was tired,'' Bryant said. ''The first half, I missed a couple of easy ones. The rhythm of the game really wasn't there.'' ''Just paced it out a little bit and came out in the second half and let the game come to me. I made a couple shots and stepped on the gas,'' he said. Read more here.

Miller sparks Cavs over young Bucks 111-108

kyrie irvingAs Mike Miller slung his backpack over his shoulder and headed toward the locker room door wearing a ''God Loves Cleveland'' T-shirt, a voice from the far corner stopped the Cavaliers' veteran swingman. Miller didn't have to turn around to know who it was. ''My hero,'' LeBron James yelled. Miller came off the bench and provided Cleveland with a much-needed spark in the second half Tuesday night, helping the Cavaliers to their fourth straight win, 111-108 over the young-and-hungry Milwaukee Bucks. Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, Kevin Love had 27 and James finished with 26 points and 10 assists for the Cavs, who have quickly turned things around following a four-game losing streak. The ''Big 3'' combined for 81 points, but it was Miller, a 15-year veteran best known for his 3-point shooting, who made several big plays in the second half to help put away the Bucks. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 9, 2014

Knight rallies Bucks past Grizzlies, 93-92

giannis antetokounmpoWith the game on the line, Brandon Knight thought back to his boyhood dreams. Knight converted a three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining Saturday night to rally the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-92 victory over Memphis, handing the Grizzlies their first loss of the season in seven games. ''It's what you dream about as a kid, being able to shoot that game-winning free throw, and it happened tonight,'' Knight said. ''I was able to knock it down and get a win for our team.'' Zach Randolph's layup put Memphis ahead 91-90 with 1:29 remaining. With 15.6 seconds left, Bucks center Larry Sanders had his shot from underneath the basket blocked by Marc Gasol, with the ball initially going out of bounds to Milwaukee. After an officials' review, however, the ball was awarded to Memphis. Mike Conley was fouled with 8 seconds remaining, but missed the first free throw and made the second to make it 92-90. Read more here.

Curry has 34, Warriors beat depleted Rockets 98-87

stephen curryGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr can't figure out how his team is still undefeated. After a 98-87 victory over the depleted Houston Rockets on Saturday night gave the Warriors their first 5-0 start in 20 years, Kerr laughed about his club's 26 turnovers. ''We were making plays that would make a sixth-grader blush,'' the first-year rookie coach said. ''It's shocking to me that we have so much talent, and if they would just make the easier play, then the game would be simpler and we'd be in great shape.'' When asked how the Warriors were able to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and outscore the Rockets 50-31 in the second half, Kerr simply said, ''We have this guy named Steph Curry. He's pretty good.'' Curry had 34 points and 10 rebounds in a matchup of undefeated teams, scoring 23 in a pivotal second half that was highlighted by a 22-4 run over the opening 7 minutes of the third quarter. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 5, 2014

Rose returns, Bulls beat Bucks 95-86

derrick roseNow there's a sight to calm the jittery nerves of Chicago Bulls fans: Derrick Rose on the court instead of on the injury report. Rose returned from his latest injury and helped the Bulls continue to make themselves at home in Milwaukee with a 95-86 win over the Bucks on Wednesday night. ''I was trying to play,'' Rose said. ''Of course I wasn't 100 percent tonight. But I felt like we needed this win, and just tried to come out here and do anything it takes to get this win with my teammates.'' Taj Gibson scored 23 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Rose had 13 points and seven assists in 32 minutes for the Bulls, who have beaten the Bucks nine straight times in Milwaukee. Rose, who missed most of the past two seasons because of serious knee injuries, sat out the Bulls' previous two games with sprains in both ankles. Read more here.

Lowry has 35 points, Raptors beat Celtics

kyle lowryThe Toronto Raptors were short a couple of key frontcourt players. It didn't matter because Kyle Lowry stepped up big. Lowry scored 35 points and had a key steal in the closing minute to lead the Raptors to a 110-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. With big men Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas sidelined, Lowry took over for the Raptors in the second quarter and carried them from there. ''He came out aggressive,'' forward DeMar DeRozan said. ''We need him to do that.'' DeRozan had 23 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 for Toronto, but it was Lowry that Boston coach Brad Stevens praised. ''I said before the game that he probably should have been an All-Star last year,'' Stevens said. ''It looks like he took that one seriously because he looked like one tonight.'' It came after the Raptors fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 1, 2014

Butler's free throws lift Bulls over Wolves

jimmy butlerJimmy Butler's surprise return to the Chicago Bulls' starting lineup should really come as no surprise at all. Butler is the embodiment of the Bulls' mind-over-matter mantra, and he returned just in time to teach No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins a hard-to-swallow lesson. Butler coaxed the over-aggressive Wiggins into a foul with 0.2 seconds left. Then Butler calmly knocked down two free throws to help the Bulls weather another absence from Rose in a 106-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler scored 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting in his season debut and Pau Gasol added 29 points and six rebounds for the Bulls, who missed Rose with a sprained left ankle. ''What a way to kick off the season,'' Butler said. ''I'm happy we got a dub. Wins are hard to come by, so on to the next one.'' Read more here.

Favors powers Jazz to first win, 118-91 over Suns

derrick favorsDerrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night. Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz get their victory of the season. Utah dominated around the basket, outscoring Phoenix 66-42 in the paint and enjoying a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outscored Phoenix 35-21 in fast-break points and had a 19-11 edge in second-chance points. Gerald Green had 16 points off the bench for the Suns (2-1), who shot just 14 of 43 (32.6 percent) from the field in the second half. Markieff Morris added 13 points and Marcus Morris chipped in 12. Favors had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and six rebounds in the first half alone. The Jazz rallied from a slow start by scoring on six straight possessions and outscored Phoenix 31-13 over the final 8:59 of the first quarter. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com


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