For Ty Corbin, the meeting Friday night with his friend and former assistant was "bittersweet." After all, Jeff Hornacek had just come into his old stomping grounds and soundly stomped the Utah Jazz. One night later, there was nothing bitter about it. "It feels better," Corbin said after his Jazz team got its revenge, beating the Phoenix Suns 112-104 at US Airways Center. "I like the sweet part." The 24-hour turnaround was drastic indeed for the 3-15 Jazz. On Friday, the Suns took advantage of missed shots and turnovers to push the tempo, grabbing easy buckets en route to the victory. "We watched film this morning and had a team meeting and we know that they’re a really good transition team," said rookie point guard Trey Burke, who scored a team-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists in Saturday’s win. "We tried to get back early on so they could see Jazz jerseys. Yesterday, a lot of times, they just went coast to coast and laid the ball in." There was an edge, said forward Marvin Williams, that the Jazz had lacked. "We needed that last night," said Williams, one of seven Jazz players to finish in double digits. "We felt like Phoenix came into our building and they were able to do whatever they wanted to do. They beat us in transition. They beat us in the halfcourt." Saturday, in a game that saw six lead changes and 10 ties, the Jazz and Suns were knotted up at 86 after Phoenix guard Gerald Green hit his third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter. But with 8 minutes left on the clock, the Jazz buckled down, and made a defensive adjustment that took the Suns’ offense out of the game for good.
Utah Jazz get payback, beat Phoenix Suns 112-104
Salt Lake Tribune | Dec 1