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article imageNBA: Jazz lose first game in Post-Sloan era to Sun 95-83

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 13, 2011 in Sports
Salt Lake City - The Jazz had Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan resigned Feb.11 after a loss to the Chicago Bulls the day before. After all the smoke had cleared the Jazz still had a season to play a game against the Sun where their first test and failed 95-83.
The Utah Jazz (31-24) hosted the Phoenix Suns (26-25) for the first game in 23 seasons without Jerry Sloan and under new coach Tyrone Corbin. The Jazz had started the season atop the Western Conference but have fell to the middle of the pack this mid-season. They were 2-5 this month coming into this game and are now 2-6 after this loss.
The Jazz came out energized looking to take advantage of the struggling Suns going on an 18-6 run to open the game. At one point the Jazz scored nine points before the Suns even scored a point. The Jazz gave a great team effort it jumping out to a 31-19 lead to end the quarter.
The Suns tried to battle back in the second quarter getting the game close at the 6:18 mark 34-40, but the Jazz would just not ease up. Getting the lead back up 13 with the score 50 – 37 by going on a 10-3 run. There was nothing the Suns could do in the first have to break the lead down due to the tuff play and great shooting of the Jazz. Andrei Kirilenko (8 points) twisted his right ankle in a scramble for the ball in the second quarter and limped to the locker room and did not return.
Deron Williams and C.J. Miles lead the Jazz in scoring with both of them scoring 19 points. Williams had 14 assists and 8 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Paul Milsap added 16 points and got help off the bench from Gordon Hayward who added 14 points.
Steve Nash lead the charge for the Suns with 18 points and 10 assists. Robin Lopez had a big scoring night with 14 points had six rebounds for the game. The Bench was big for the Suns with Hakim Warrick scoring 16 points with six rebounds and Marcin Gortat had 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The second half belonged to the Suns as they outscored the Jazz 51-27 over the last two quarters. Lopez was the boost the Suns needed to get back in the game scoring 11 of his 14 points in the third quarter. The Suns went on a 14-5 run to take the lead 66-63 at the 4:47 mark on a Grant Hill (9 points) layup. They ended the quarter with the lead going into the fourth up 71-69.
The Suns did not look back in the final quarter as the Jazz looked like they left everything on the floor in the first half. The Jazz tied things up on a Williams shoot at 71 on the first play of the period and Warrick took the lead back with a jumper. The Jazz tied it again at 73 with a Williams’s jumper and Warrick knocked down another jumper to put the Suns back ahead for good. The Jazz never got closer than that in the final period with the Suns stretching their lead going on a 19-10 run to close out the game.
The Suns are 4-5 this month and will face the Sacramento Kings Sunday in Phoenix.
The Jazz will get another chance to get their first victory but not until Tuesday Feb. 15 when they will face the same Suns team, but this time in Phoenix.
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