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SALT LAKE CITY - This is a much different Utah Jazz offence than the one that had pronounced scoring struggles throughout last season. Justin Braun Sharks Jersey .Utah dominated around the basket Saturday night and pulled away for a 118-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns.The Jazz overwhelmed Phoenix in numerous offensive categories. Utah outscored the Suns 66-42 in the paint and enjoyed a 52-34 edge in rebounds.It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outscored Phoenix 35-21 in fast-break points and had a 19-11 edge in second-chance points. The Jazz simply got easier and easier looks at the basket as the game progressed.Thats impressive for us, Jazz centre Derrick Favors said. We need that for the rest of the year. We got to be able to control the paint and get easy points in the paint.Favours set the tone early for Utahs inside domination. He scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, mostly before halftime. Favours had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and six rebounds in the first half.His effort helped the Jazz overcome a slow start. They rallied from a 9-2 deficit by scoring on six straight possessions and outscored Phoenix 31-13 over the final 8:59 of the first quarter.They were denying the wings real hard, Favors said. Gordon (Hayward) and Alec (Burks) couldnt get open or nothing. I just decided to take it upon myself to get something going.Hayward added 24 points and 10 boards, while Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz (1-2) get their victory of the season.Its nice to win, but we won doing the things that I think we want to do, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. We were rewarded for playing the right way.Gerald Green had 16 points off the bench for the Suns (2-1), who shot just 14 of 43 (32.6 per cent) from the field in the second half. Markieff Morris added 13 points and Marcus Morris chipped in 12.Phoenix never really found an offensive rhythm after halftime. The Suns had a 60-59 lead early in the third quarter but Hayward scored 14 points in the period, including some big baskets in a decisive 11-0 run that put the Jazz back ahead 70-60.Phoenix never got closer than eight after that and Utah finished off the Suns when Dante Exum drained a 3-pointer to spark a 14-2 run that put the Jazz ahead 105-81 with 6:01 remaining.They did a good job tonight, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. They pushed the ball. They had a lot more energy. They had a couple of days to think about some of their recent games and they got after it.Utah opened a 49-31 lead with 7:35 remaining before halftime after Exum and Hayward drilled 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions. Markieff Morris started and ended a 14-0 run that cut that advantage to 59-55 at halftime.Phoenix simply ran out of gas in the second half, however, and the Suns dropped their third straight regular-season game against Utah dating to last season.___TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix won its first two regular-season games for the 12th time in team history. The Suns have made the playoffs 10 of the previous 11 times that happened. The lone exception was in 2013-14. ... 16 is a magic number for the Phoenix backcourt. When Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe each scored 16 or more points last season, the Suns went 16-0 in those games.Jazz: Exum and Hayward combined to shoot 6 of 9 (66.7 per cent) from 3-point range. Their teammates, however, went 0 for 16. ... Booker is averaging a team-high 12.0 points off the bench, along with 6.3 rebounds. His output ranks among the top 25 in the NBA for bench players in both categories. He was energy - just energy off the bench, Snyder said. He played the right way.FAMILY AFFAIR: Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris started strong for Phoenix. The twin brothers went 6 of 8 from the field in the first quarter and combined for 13 of the Suns 22 points. They finished with a combined 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting.UP NEXTSuns: Visit the Lakers on Tuesday.Jazz: Visit the Clippers on Monday. Chris Tierney Jersey . Rookie Marek Mazanec made 39 saves for his first NHL victory and the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night.Marc-Edouard Vlasic Sharks Jersey . Head coach Corey Chamblin announced on Monday that Avon Cobourne had been hired as the defending Grey Cup champions new running backs coach.MONTREAL -- It seems that New Jersey Devils veterans Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur still have some good hockey left in their 41-year-old bodies. The future hall of famers stole the show at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, with Jagr moving into seventh place in all-time goal scoring and Brodeur stopping 29 shots as the Devils downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. "We talk to each other a lot about certain things," Brodeur said. "I think we have a lot in common about what our careers brought us. "Its nice to relate to a guy. Its been a while since Ive been able to do that here in New Jersey because we had so many young guys. Its been fun to watch him play. Its pretty impressive what hes accomplished." Jagr tied the game at 17:23 of the first period with his first goal in 11 games and his 14th of the season. But more importantly, it was the 695th of a career that began in 1990 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That moved him past Mark Messier into seventh place all-time in goals. It came days after he passed former Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh place in career points with 1,724. Brodeur, making his first start in four games, extended his NHL record for wins to 682, although a Max Pacioretty goal at the 7:00 mark of the first period kept his shutout record at 124. At the end, both were called onto the ice for an ovation from the 21,273 Bell Centre fans as Brodeur was named first star and Jagr got second star. "I didnt expect that in somebody elses building, but theres a little history here for me," said Brodeur, a Montreal native whose father Denis was once the Canadiens team photographer. "Its definitely nice of them to do that." Montreal had a 30-19 shot advantage, but the Devils (20-18-10) scored more than two goals for the first time in six outings and the second time in their last 11. Brodeur and some tenacious third-period checking did the rest as New Jersey stretched its points streak to five games. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien felt his team played with energy, but just couldnt score. "We competed," said Therrien. "We set the tempo, but the story of the game was Marty Brodeur. "He was phenomenal. We were the attacking team. We outshot them, but it was one of those nights when you run into a hot goaltender." Despite their age, neither Brodeur nor Jagr has decidedd on retirement just yet. David Schlemko Jersey. . The game was billed as possibly Brodeurs last visit to the Bell Centre, but hes not ready to concede that. "It might be my last one but it might not either," he said. "I just want to play well when I play. "It doesnt matter what situation Im in. Im there to win hockey games and thats it. Ill do that as long as they let me do it." Jagr, who was chosen to play for the Czech Republic at the Sochi Olympics next months, was even more adamant about continuing his career. "Ive said many times, Im not thinking about retiring yet," he said. "Im not counting my games yet, as long as I have fun." Goals early in the second frame from youngsters Eric Gelinas and Adam Henrique were the difference. Dainius Zubrus scored into an empty net, with an assist from Jagr, in the final minute. Brodeur said Paciorettys goal on a long wrist shot that flew past his glove caused him to bear down and try to keep the Devils in the game. "Our team, were kind of goal challenged, so its hard to give up the first goal," he said. "I havent played in a while and I thought this is not good. But I picked it up after that a little bit and we played a really solid hockey game." Montreal (26-16-5) was coming off one of its best games of the season in a 2-1 win over Chicago but could not duplicate that effort. The Canadiens went 0 for 3 with the man advantage, a fifth-straight game with no power-play goals. Pacioretty struck first with his 20th of the season, but Jagr got it back when he got around Josh Gorges and used his long reach to put the puck past Carey Price and in off the far post. Gelinas scored from the point on a power play 1:20 into the second period and Henrique got his sixth goal in the last 10 games from a scramble in the Montreal crease at 4:02. The crowd booed as what appeared to be a Brendan Gallagher goal was disallowed later by video review for inadvertently kicking the puck in late in the second. Notes: David Desharnais sat out with a flu and his spot on Montreals top line was taken by Lars Eller. Francis Bouillon moved in as a seventh defenceman. . . Ryan Clowe picked up two assists and has seven points in his last five games. . . It was the third and last meeting of the season between the teams. Montreal won the series 2-1-0. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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