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Suns, Jazz open home-and-home in Salt Lake

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns seem to have righted the ship following a four-game losing streak and will start a home-and-home series Friday against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

The Suns have prevailed in three of their last four games and are coming off Wednesday's 120-106 home victory over the streaking Portland Trail Blazers. Goran Dragic pumped in 31 points on 10-of-18 shooting and handed out 10 assists, while Channing Frye recorded 25 points.

Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, for the Suns, who ended Portland's 11-game winning streak and shot 51.9 percent from the floor. The Suns overcame a 16-point deficit in the first half and later outscored the Blazers by a 48-19 margin.

"Sometimes there's a team that maybe matchups create a little bit of a problem," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "With our point guards, we run a lot of pick and rolls so we make those guys have to guard the pick and rolls. Defensively our guys, we know not to let these guys get 3-point shots. That's a big part of their game, so they were just focused."

Frye is averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in his last four games and Dragic registered the second 30-point, 10-assist game in his career.

Utah ended a six-game losing streak with Monday's 89-83 overtime victory versus the Chicago Bulls.

Marvin Williams scored 17 points with nine rebounds, while Richard Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 15 points apiece for the Jazz, who scored 11 of the 16 points in the extra period. All five starters for Utah scored in double figures.

"Richard and Marvin I thought did a tremendous job of just keeping everybody going and focused on what we needed to do, to close the game out," said Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin.

Hayward added 12 assists, Trey Burke scored 14 points and Derrick Favors finished with 10 points in the win.

The Jazz are still 2-14 on the season, but have been getting solid contributions from the bench. Utah's reserves are averaging 39.0 points per game in the past five contests.

Utah center Enes Kanter (ankle) is questionable and hasn't played since Nov. 24 against Oklahoma City.

Phoenix handed the Jazz an 87-84 loss on Nov. 11 and has still lost four of the past six matchups in this series. The Suns have lost three in a row in Salt Lake City, last winning there April 4, 2012.

11/29 10:36:08 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
 
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
5th
BOS 0
BAL 4
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
3rd
CHI 66
WAS 57
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
2nd
MON 1
TAM 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3