Burke, Jazz beat Suns for 1st road victory

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PHOENIX (AP) - Rookie Trey Burke had the biggest game of his young NBA career, scoring 20 points to lead seven Utah players in double figures and the Jazz to their first road victory of the season, 112-104 over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

Richard Jefferson added 15 for the Jazz, who were 0-9 on the road entering the contest and lost 112-101 at home to Phoenix on Friday night. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors added 14 apiece.

Goran Dragic had 24 points and nine assists for the Suns. Channing Frye added 17 points for Phoenix.

Utah has won two of three but has just three victories in 18 games this season. Burke's previous high was 14 in the Jazz's overtime win over Chicago two games ago.


Burke, a first-round draft pick who was the college player of the year at Michigan, shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, making two in the final four minutes.

His last 3 put the Jazz up 105-97 with 1:13 to play.

Utah led by as many as nine points before the Suns finished the first half with a 12-1 run to lead 53-49 at the break.

The Jazz took the lead three minutes into the third quarter and held it the rest of the period, but never by more than four points.

Eric Bledsoe, who scored eight in the period, sank two free throws with 15 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Utah's lead to 78-77 entering the fourth.

Enes Kanter opened the final period with a 4-foot hook shot, then Jeremy Evans sank a 20-footer to give Utah its biggest lead of the half, 82-77. The Suns' Gerald Green nailed a 3-pointer to make it 82-80, then made two in a row to tie it at 86. But Alec Burks scored four in a 6-1 spurt that gave Utah a 93-87 lead with 6:38 to play.

Williams' 3-pointer extended the lead to 98-91 with 5:15 to play. Bledsoe, in his second game back after missing five with a bruised shin, made two free throws to cut it to 98-95 4:09 from the finish, but Burke sank a 3 from far beyond the top of the key and the Jazz were up 101-95 with 3:53 left.

Frye's rebound basket with 3:35 to go cut it to 101-97. After Gordon Hayward made one of two free throws for the Jazz, Bledsoe missed two from the foul line, then Burke made his final 3 to make it an eight-point game. The Suns never got closer than four after that.

Notes: Utah's other two victories have come at home against New Orleans and Chicago. ... After scoring 17 in the first half at Utah on Friday night, Dragic had 19 points and eight assists at the break Saturday. ... Phoenix led by as many as 20 at Utah Friday but never by more than six on Saturday. ... Utah coach Tyrone Corbin was called for a technical foul at the end of the first half, but Dragic missed the corresponding free throw at the start of the third quarter.


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