In the second game of a TNT doubleheader, the Phoenix Suns answered the challenge of an 0-1 start by defeating cold shooting Utah, 110 to 94.
In the first quarter, the Suns started on a 12 to three run. Steve Nash lead all scorers with nine points on three of five shooting. The quarter ended with Phoenix up 28 to 22.
In the early second quarter, Utah held a six to three offensive rebounding edge confirming their rebounding dominance.
The second quarter turned into a battle of Utah's post players, including Paul Millsap and Jefferson against the fast break of the Suns lead by the hobbled Goran Dragic. Dragic left the game with eight points and five assists. This provided a much needed rest for Nash.
The Suns appeared to winning the battle, up 58 to 42 at halftime. The 16 point margin was the largest ever deficit at Energy Solutions Arena at the half.
Jason Richardson lead the game with 11 points.
The difference between the Suns and Jazz appeared to be the three ball. Phoenix shot seven of 12 from deep and Utah shot one of seven. Deron Williams was 0 for five from the field with only three points making a desperate situation worse for the Jazz.
The third quarter saw a motivated Jazz team come out motivated, despite the continued hot shooting from three-point-minded Phoenix. In the quarter, Hakim Warrick had a monster dunk over two members of the Jazz as part of the Suns' answer to the Jazz comeback.
The Suns ended up 84 to 72 at the end of the third quarter.
Nash and Warrick lead the Suns with 18 points each. Jefferson had 20 for the Jazz.
The Suns shot over 50 percent from three while Utah shot less than 30 percent.