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Jazz Look To Stay Undefeated In Preseason Against Suns

Dec 14, 2020, 2:48 PM
Phoenix Suns wing Mikal Bridges defends Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Get...
Phoenix Suns wing Mikal Bridges defends Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz look to stay undefeated when they host the Phoenix Suns in the teams’ second preseason meeting. The Jazz beat Phoenix 119-105 in their preseason opener Saturday night.

Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 19 points and accounted for five of the Jazz 17 three-point makes.

The Jazz outshot Phoenix from beyond the arc, connecting on 41.5 percent of their 41 three-point attempts. The Suns made just 10 threes on 29 attempts.

Phoenix was without All-Star guard Chris Paul in the loss. The Suns acquired Paul in a blockbuster trade this offseason. Former Jazzman Jae Crowder also missed the preseason opener after missing portions of the Suns training camp to deal with a personal matter.

Paul told the media he planned to make his Suns debut Monday night.

The Jazz were without starters Mike Conley and Royce O’Neale in their debut. Both players missed stretches of training camp and rested during the team’s opener.

Conley is set to make his return to the roster tonight, while the team listed O’Neale as unavailable.

Rookie Udoka Azubuike and fourth-year guard Shaq Harrison are also listed on the Jazz injury report. Harrison will miss the game as he continues to rehab from a broken hand he suffered in the offseason.

Azubuike experienced left knee soreness after the Jazz opener and is listed as questionable.

Derrick Favors and Bojan Bogdanovic made their returns to the Jazz lineup on Saturday night. Favors scored eight points in 13 minutes in his first game back in Utah after spending the 2019-2020 season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bogdanovic, who missed the team’s close to the season after undergoing wrist surgery in May scored 11 points on 4-10 shooting.

The Jazz and Suns tip-off in their second preseason meeting at 7 pm MT. The game will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet.

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