PHOENIX — The Utah Jazz hit the road for the first time this season to face the Phoenix Suns Monday night and soundly beat them, 120-102. It was the Jazzs second win in as many games over the Suns, having topped them 112-101 last Friday at Vivint Arena.
The turning point: Utah jumped on Phoenix early, as it owned a double-digit lead less than seven minutes into the first quarter, and never looked back.
3 keys: ---The Suns committed 31 turnovers, with the Jazz grabbing 17 steals. Utah scored a whopping 47 points off turnovers.
---The Jazz finished with 48 points in the paint compared to 38 for Phoenix.
---Rookie Donovan Mitchell finished with 17 points, four assists and a steal.
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The hero: After going making just two of his 16 attempts in the Jazzs first three home games, Ricky Rubio was on fire Monday, as he made eight of his 10 shots in the first half before sitting out the second. He finished with 20 points and three steals.
Next up: at Los Angeles Lakers (1-3 in preseason), Tuesday, October 10, 8:30 p.m. MT
On deck: vs. Denver Nuggets (regular-season opener), Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m. MT