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Barnes, Tucker lead Suns over Jazz

Oct 10, 2008 - 4:08 AM By Tony Pizza PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Matt Barnes and Alando Tucker scored 21 points apiece as the Phoenix Suns did what few teams could a year ago - beat the Utah Jazz on their home floor - in a 96-89 victory on Thursday night.

Barnes spent two years with Golden State before signing a one-year contract with the Suns in July. He made another statement toward securing a possible starting role with the Suns, who are under a new head coach in Terry Porter.

Barnes pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out three assists against the Jazz to add to his 12-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance in Tuesday's preseason opener.

Tucker - who played sparingly during his rookie campaign - was 6-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and pulled down six boards.

Phoenix rebounded from Wednesday's 100-96 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks and improved to 1-1 this preseason. Utah, which lost a league-low four home games all of last season, shot just 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the floor and had only one player, Kyle Korver, score in double digits with 16.

The Jazz rarely played their starting lineup together, leaving time for Korver and Paul Millsap, who had seven points and 11 rebounds.

Utah's Carlos Boozer and Matt Harpring sat out for the second straight game. Boozer is nursing a strained left hamstring and Harpring is recovering from a right ankle injury. Rookie center Kosta Koufos, the team's first-round pick in June, sat out after leaving Tuesday's 99-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers early with a strained left hamstring.

Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire was the only Sun not to suit up. He is recovering from a torn iris in his right eye.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 23 25 25 23 96
    UTAH 23 20 22 24 89 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: PHO - MATT BARNES 21, ALANDO TUCKER 19, BORIS
    DIAW 11
    UTH - KYLE KORVER 16, MEHMET OKUR 12, MORRIS
    ALMOND 10

    Oct 9 11:30 PM


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    END 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 23 25 25 73
    UTAH 23 20 22 65 END 3RD QTR
    HIGH SCORERS AFTER 3RD QUARTER
    PHO - MATT BARNES 13, RAJA BELL 11, ALANDO
    TUCKER 10
    UTH - MEHMET OKUR 12, DERON WILLIAMS 9, ANDREI
    KIRILENKO 8

    Oct 9 10:56 PM
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    Suns 53, Jazz 51  3rd - 9:01Oct 9 10:36 PM


  • NBA
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 23 25 48
    UTAH 23 20 43 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    PHO - ALANDO TUCKER 10, MATT BARNES 9, STEVE
    NASH 6
    UTH - KYLE KORVER 9, ANDREI KIRILENKO 6,
    MEHMET OKUR 6

    Oct 9 10:15 PM
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    Suns 48, Jazz 43  HalfOct 9 10:15 PM


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    END 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 23 23
    UTAH 23 23 END 1ST QTR
    HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER
    PHO - ALANDO TUCKER 7, STEVE NASH 6, RAJA BELL
    3
    UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 6, MEHMET OKUR 6, DERON
    WILLIAMS 3

    Oct 9 9:43 PM
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    Suns vs. JazzOct 9 7:40 PM