For six games this season, Al Jefferson has mostly been missing in action for the Utah Jazz. Big Al hasn't looked himself so far this year, averaging just 11.8 points per game, well under his career average of 16.2 and last year's 19.2 average.

But Jefferson was back to his old self Saturday night in a big way as he scored 27 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 94-81 victory over the Phoenix Suns as the Jazz improved to 3-4.

Perhaps it could have been the fact that pass-first point guard Jamaal Tinsley started in place of injured Mo Williams and the ball was finding its way inside more than usual. Or perhaps, Jefferson felt a lot better after a bout with the stomach flu earlier in the week. But it looked the old Jefferson Saturday night.

"He looked a lot better,'' said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "We got the ball in his spots, his moves were crisp, and his shots looked good, even the ones he missed. He was patient and made the right moves for us. He made some great passes for us also.''