Suns Blaze Past Jazz 103-98

Nash, Marion help Phoenix avoid a further slide
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 4:08 AM CST
Utah Jazz Andrei Kirilenko (47) of Russia gets out of the way of Phoenix Suns Shawn Marion's break away slam dunk, during the third quarter of their NBA Basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 12. 2007, in Phoenix....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The high-scoring Suns got in touch with their defensive side last night, clamping down on the Jazz to secure a 103-98 victory. Coming off a two-game slump, Phoenix matched Utah's NBA-best shooting offense with 29 points and 11 assists from Steve Nash, as well as 26 points and 15 boards from Shawn Marion, the Arizona Republic reports.

Nash nailed his last five shots and free throws, despite losing a piece of his tooth to Carlos Boozer while fighting for a rebound. The Suns, who nailed 48 of their points in the final 18 minutes of the game, are one of three NBA teams with at least 17 victories. The Jazz, though powerful at times this season, have fallen into a five-game slide.