Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Phoenix guard Jared Dudley, who had missed all three free throw attempts after being fouled on a 3-point try just moments earlier, drilled a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Suns a 58-56 halftime lead over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Michael Morris scored 11 first-half points while Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye added 10 points apiece for Phoenix (27-6), which entered Wednesday's game a half-game behind ninth-place Utah (28-26) in the tight Western Conference playoff race.
Ageless point guard Steve Nash had six assists for the Suns, all of them coming in the first quarter, which the two teams played to a 31-31 standoff.
Paul Millsap scored 13 first-half points, Gordon Hayward had 11 and C.J. Miles added nine more for the Jazz, who trailed despite shooting over 56 percent from the field in the first half. Utah entered the game a game behind Houston (29-25) for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
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