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Friday, November 1st (All times Eastern)

Utah Jazz (0-1) at Phoenix Suns (1-0), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns weren't expected to do much this season, but opened the 2013-14 campaign on a winning note.

The Suns look to make it two straight wins when they host the Utah Jazz Friday night from US Airways Center.

Phoenix opened the Jeff Hornacek era with a 104-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday thanks to a strong second half and 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds from Goran Dragic. Newcomer Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and both P.J. Tucker and Miles Plumlee posted 18 points. Plumlee also grabbed 15 rebounds and had three blocks in his first career start.

"Miles, he is just an athletic guy. You do not have to run a lot of things for him," Hornacek said of Plumlee. "He just did a nice job of really being active out there and putting pressure on their defense."

Plumlee became the first Sun since Shawn Marion in 1999 to have a double- double while making first career start in a season opener.

The Suns, who haven't started 2-0 since winning four straight to open the 2009-10 season, didn't get much from their bench and shot 51.8 percent.

Phoenix was without forward Markieff Morris as he served a one-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka in a preseason game. He is expected to see action Friday versus the Jazz.

Utah kicked off its 2013-14 campaign against the Oklahoma City Thunder and dropped a 101-98 decision. Thunder star Kevin Durant lit up the Jazz for 42 points, while Utah was led by Alec Burks' 24 points off the bench.

Derrick Favors posted 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jazz, who got 14 points and 10 boards out of Enes Kanter. Gordon Hayward ended with 12 points and his potential game-winning 3-pointer was off the mark.

The Jazz played tough over the last 24 minutes and outscored the Thunder 50-44 in the second half.

"I thought our defense in the second half was really, really good," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "Our execution on offense will have to get better. ... But they're learning."

Utah won three of four meetings with Phoenix last season, but has dropped 10 of its last 15 games in the desert.

Hornacek was an assistant coach for the Jazz before landing the head job in Phoenix this past offseason. Hornacek's No. 14 was retired by the Jazz and he retired in 2000 as the top 3-point shooter in team history (42.8 percent).

11/01 10:38:24 ET

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Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
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KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
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ATL 0
MIA 4
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NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
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ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
 
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
 
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
 
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
 
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
4th
LSU 28
WISC 24
 
Half
OREG 41
SD 13
 
3rd
HAW 10
WASH 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR