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Okur helps Jazz hold off the Suns

February 04, 2007|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX — Mehmet Okur scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, including a decisive 19-foot shot with 5.1 seconds remaining, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns, 108-105, on Saturday night.

Deron Williams scored 28 points and had 10 assists for the Jazz, which has handed Phoenix three of its 10 losses this season and has won four straight against the Suns overall.

Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Suns, who were without guard Raja Bell because of an inflamed right knee.

The Suns had a chance to tie when Boris Diaw was fouled by Derek Fisher with 2.1 seconds remaining. But Diaw missed both free throws and Okur pulled down the rebound and was fouled immediately.

Okur made the first free throw to give Utah a 108-105 lead but missed the second, and the Suns secured the rebound with 1.1 seconds left.

But Andrei Kirilenko deflected Leandro Barbosa's inbound attempt out of bounds with 0.3 of a second remaining, and Phoenix was unable to attempt a tying shot.

Steve Nash had 22 points and 10 assists and James Jones had 16 points for Phoenix, which has lost two of three after winning a franchise-record 17 straight.

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