Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Monday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, November 30th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 8th
Game 4: Thursday, April 11th

Jazz 76


Suns 100

(10-7, 6-4 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2001

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 22 25 14 1576
    PHX 24 24 31 21100

    Top Performers

    Utah: K. Malone 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    Phoenix: S. Marion 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    Rogers scores season-high 23, Jazz struggle

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Rodney Rogers won the NBA's Sixth Man award two years ago, so it was business as usual when he came off the bench to lead the Phoenix Suns to another win.

    Rogers had a season-high 23 points, including eight during a 31-point third quarter as Phoenix blew the game open, in the Suns' 98-76 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

    "I'm just having a lot of fun out there right now," said Rogers, who is averaging 17.5 points and shooting 58.5 percent over the last six games. "My teammates have got a lot of confidence in me, so when I'm open they give me the ball. But I'm working as well, knocking open shots down and trying to create for the team."

    Penny Hardaway had 17 points and Shawn Marion 16 for the Suns, who won their third straight for the first time this season.

    "Rodney's playing great," Hardaway said. "Before every game he and I get together. I say, 'I'll take care of the starting unit,' and he says, 'I'll take care of the bench."'

    Marion also had seven rebounds and five blocks -- all in the third quarter -- as the Suns held Utah to opponent's lows for scoring for the quarter (14) and second half (29).

    The Jazz, who play Indiana at home Saturday night, rested John Stockton and Karl Malone most of the fourth quarter after falling behind by 28 points.

    "The guys rallied and played very, very well in the second half," Suns coach Scott Skiles said.

    Malone had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, while Stockton finished with seven assists and six points in 26 minutes.

    Stockton had one steal, his 2,999th in his attempt to become the first player with 3,000.

    "I'm frustrated," Malone said. "We aren't even thinking about complete games right now. We're down quarter to quarter."

    The teams played Monday, with the Suns winning 111-104 in overtime, and this was another close one -- five ties and 11 lead changes through the first 28:14.

    Phoenix led 10-4 early on, and that was the widest margin until the Suns opened a 67-54 lead with a 15-0 run.

    Bo Outlaw scored with 4:52 left in the third quarter, sending Phoenix to a 13-point lead.

    Dan Majerle hit 3-pointers 1:10 apart, Hardaway made a free throw and Rogers nailed a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, and Phoenix took a 79-61 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Tom Gugliotta made a 16-footer and two free throws in the first 1:52 of the fourth, and Utah, with its stars on the bench, was unable to respond.

    Rogers capped a 41-11 sustained surge in 15:15 with a three-point play with 5:54 left, giving the Suns a 91-64 lead.

    "We kind of just hung out and settled for the long jump shot," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We had no ball movement. Everybody knew where the ball was going to go and we just threw it away. It's pretty tough to win that way."

    Game notes
    Stockton has 23 steals this season. ... Stockton also had no 3-pointers (0-for-1) to remain at 797. ... Marbury had a season-high 33 points against Utah on Monday, but scored eight this time. ... The Suns, 5-1 in six games, also have the first three-game winning streak at home. ... The Jazz committed 21 turnovers, improving their league-worst average to 18.6.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 100
    FGM-FGA 30-75 (.400) 41-86 (.477)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 10-14 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-44 13-40
    Assists 20 30
    Turnovers 23 15
    Steals 9 12
    Blocks 9 12
    Fast Break Points 2 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4
    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 16
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4