The Utah Jazz faced off against the Suns of Phoenix for the second time this preseason, but the end game result was the same. The Jazz sat Rudy Gobert for rest, but the rest of the team rallied to show that the defense in Utah doesn’t just end at the big man in the middle. The Jazz caused 11 turnovers against the young Phoenix Suns in the First Quarter, and caused 20 by the time the second quarter was over. The Jazz turned those turnovers into points with hot shooting and Ricky Rubio ended up with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting by halftime. Jazz led 65-41 at halftime.
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The Jazz left Hood, Favors, and Rubio on the bench to start the 3rd quarter. Phoenix did their best to make it a game against the Jazz bench, but even the deep bench was doing a great job of keeping the lead at least 20.
Dante Exum is still injured. Rudy was resting. Rubio had no assists but scored 20 points on 10 shots. Ingles took 3 shots and Hood took 4 shots. Yet the Jazz were on pace for another 120+ point game through three quarters.
Phoenix may not be the greatest measuring stick, but the Jazz were incredibly disruptive on defense without Gobert in the middle. That led to easy offense and Phoenix was no match for the Jazz starters.
Jazz had 16 steals midway through the 4th quarter. They helped cause 29 Suns turnovers.
Alec Burks led the team in assists and had another nice offensive game.
Tyson Chandler tried to remove another Jazz point guard and was ejected with a flagrant 2.