This was an ugly, ugly game. The Suns' offense continues to be dysfunctional, mostly because their complete lack of an ability to get easy shots.It is really tough to watch this team play right now.
The Suns continued their slow start trend and found themselves down 29-19 after the first quarter. Big Al Jefferson set the tone for the evening by scoring 10 of his game-high 27 in the first 12 minutes, while the Suns as a team only shot 38 percent.
Jared Dudley, Sebastian Telfair and Luis Scola got it going in the second quarter and scored 19 of the Suns 24 points, and the defense picked it up and held the Jazz to 21 points. At the break the Suns had shave the lead down to just seven and were looking like they were back in the game.
Then the third quarter happened. The Suns have struggled mightily in nearly every third quarter this season and tonight was no different. The Suns were outscored 27-18 in the period and played some of the worst offense I've seen this year. Nearly every single shot taken was outside of 15 feet, and they shots they did get in the paint were either blocked or just plain missed. Phoenix shot just 6-22 from the field. The lead grew as big as 22 for the Jazz.
But if there's one thing that I really like about this Suns squad, it is that they refuse to give up. No matter how poorly they play in the first three quarters, they always give it their all in the fourth. The Suns came out and played their butts off defensively, and cut the lead to just five points at 79-74 after an 11-2 run to start the period. Unfortunately, it was too little and too late as the Suns ran out of gas and the shots stopped falling. Utah closed out the game on a 15-7 run to seal their victory.
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