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Utah Jazz sputter in fourth, lose 99-84 to Phoenix

Published December 14, 2012 9:34 pm

NBA • Jazz can't climb out of early deficit.
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Two nights after one of their most thrilling wins in recent memory, the Utah Jazz found themselves in an early hole against the Phoenix Suns and could never recover, losing 99-84 at US Airways Center.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Jazz (13-11), who had seemed to right the ship after a middling start to the season. However, the Jazz proved they have not kicked their road woes, falling to 4-10 away from EnergySolutions Arena.

On Wednesday, the Jazz battled back from every deficit and made timely shots to beat San Antonio, which entered that game with one of the NBA's best records. Against the middling Suns (9-15), the Jazz demonstrated no such prowess.

Four Jazz players scored in double digits, led by 14 points from Al Jefferson. However, Gordon Hayward and Randy Foye struggled. Foye was just 3-of-13 from the field and made just one 3-pointer, while Hayward missed each of his seven attempts.

The Suns built a 20-point lead in the second quarter, but the Jazz whittled away at it, recovering to a more manageable 65-61 deficit with 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. However, the Suns closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to re-establish control.

Derrick Favors and Tyrone Corbin were both called for technical fouls in the fourth quarter, which inspired a 12-2 Phoenix run.


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