PHOENIX (ABC4 Sports) – The Jazz first extended road trip of the season was not a good one.
Less than 24 hours after losing to the L.A. Clippers, the Jazz looked lethargic offensively in a 97-86 loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns.
The Jazz made just 41.6 percent of their shots from the field, committed a whopping 24 turnovers, and never led in the game.
T.J. Warren scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the way for the Suns, while Rodney Hood returned from a calf injury to score 22 points for the Jazz.
Phoenix was up by as many as 17 in the first half and 18 in the second.
Devin Booker added 17 for the Suns, including a crucial 3-pointer with 1:29 to play after Utah had cut the lead to eight. Alex Len and Tyler Ulis scored 13 apiece. Len also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Rudy Gobert added 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Jazz. Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio added 15 points apiece.
Just as they did in their previous game, Phoenix jumped out to a big lead.
It was 10-2 after Booker’s basket with nine minutes left in the first quarter and, after Josh Jackson threw a slick behind-the-back pass to Len for a dunk, Phoenix was up 32-15 with 9:42 to play in the half.
But the Jazz, who played the previous night in a loss to the Clippers in the second half, finally got some offense going, cutting the Phoenix lead to 43-40. But Ulis responded with a 3-pointer and the Suns finished the half with a 5-1 spurt to lead 48-41 at the break.
Phoenix had a fast to start the second half, too. The Suns scored the first six points of the third quarter and outscored the Jazz 21-10 over the first 8 1/2 minutes of the period to take their biggest lead, 69-51, on Ulis’ 14 footer with 3:30 remaining.
Phoenix was up 83-65 on Warren’s basket with 9:02 to play. But the Jazz rallied with a 16-6 run to cut it to 89-81 with 3:31 remaining. After a two-minute scoring drought by both teams, Booker sank the 3 and the Suns never were seriously threatened again.
The Jazz (2-3) next host the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night.