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article imageNBA: Utah have lost back to back games in the Post-Sloan era

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 16, 2011 in Sports
Phoenix - The Jazz have yet to get a win after Coach Jerry Sloan stepped down this past week. The Post Sloan era opened up with a game against the Suns with a 95-83 loss, and had to play them again four days later losing again 102-101.
This is one of those situations where people will look at the Utah Jazz (31-25) and ask did they make the right decision letting Jerry Sloan walk away. The Phoenix Suns (27-26) have now won the season series 3-0 and look like they are on a roll winning their last seven of nine games including this win tonight against the Jazz.
The Jazz jumped out to a 6-1 lead and pushed it to a 12-9 lead before the Suns took a timeout trying to slow them down. The Suns then tied it up at 12 points and 22 points until the Jazz took lead trying to close out the quarter. The Suns ended the quarter leading 29-27 with Fry knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Frye had just hit one 36 seconds earlier to give the Suns a one point lead 26-25.
The Suns lost the lead in the second as the Jazz tied it up early at 29, and the Suns bounced back to tie it up at 31. The Jazz took the lead on a 14-8 run and did not look back as the Suns struggled. The Suns finally got it together going on an 11-6 run to end the quarter only down three with the Jazz leading 53-50.
Al Jefferson had a monster game with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while C.J. Miles chipped in with 19 points and Paul Milsap helped with 13 points. Deron Williams scored 11 points with 11 assists as Earl Watson came off the bench and scored 11 points also. Four of the five starters scored in double digits and only two players scored off the bench.
Channing Frye was the Suns leading scorer with 31 points and 11 rebounds with 19 of his points coming in the first quarter. He was 7of 7 with five three pointers in the first quarter and finished 12-16 from the floor and 6-10 from the arc. Steve Nash scored 20 points while dishing out 14 assists. The benched chipped in with five of them scoring, but Marcin Gortat and Mickeal Pietrus stood out scoring 11 points apiece.
Utah kept the lead going into the third quarter until Grant Hill (10 points) gave them the lead on a layup. The Suns then held on to the lead going into the fourth up 76-73.
The game was tied at 76 when Miles opened up with a jump shot getting fouled in the process to make a three point play. The Jazz went up by eight on a 16-5 run to give them an 89-81 lead. The Suns came back and went on a run of their own putting them up 91-89 to cap an 11-0 surge.
Williams struggled from the field going 2-11 but hit a key 3-pointer to put the Jazz down by one. After that the game came down to free-throws with Frye only making one of two with 9.9 seconds left. With the lead 100-98 the Jazz had the ball and Milsap got trapped and lost the ball to Nash who was fouled and knocked down both his free-throws with 2.9 left.
The Jazz inbounded the ball and Miles came down the court to hit a 3-pointer that made the score look close with a 101 to 102 loss.
The Jazz are now on a three game losing streak and will take on the Golden State Warriors Feb. 16 for their last game before the break.
The Suns bounced back after a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings this past Sunday 113-108. They will face the Dallas Mavericks Thursday Feb 17 for both of their last games before the break.
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