Printed on: November 11, 2012

Jefferson, Jazz outshine the Suns


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz built a 22-point lead and held on for a 94-81 victory Saturday night over the Phoenix Suns.

Michael Beasley\\\'s follow dunk after a Jazz turnover cut Utah\\\'s lead to 79-74 with about five minutes remaining.

But Jefferson\\\'s steal and 19-footer by Paul Millsap halted a nearly 6-minute scoreless streak for the Jazz and started a 7-0 run, capped by Marvin Williams\\\' 3 pointer.

Millsap added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Utah.

Luis Scola led the Suns with 21 points and Jared Dudley scored 16.

Jamaal Tinsley went scoreless starting in place of injured Mo Williams but handed out 14 assists for the Jazz, who are 3-0 at home.

The Suns overcame a 26-point deficit against Cleveland on Friday, but couldn\\\'t pull off another comeback as Utah held a 52-37 edge in rebounds.

Utah also held a 52-36 advantage on points in the paint and held the Suns to 36.8 percent shooting.

Around the NBA

ROCKETS 96, PISTONS 82: At Houston, James Harden scored 20 points, Omer Asik had 14 and the Houston Rockets beat the winless Detroit Pistons 96-82 on Saturday night in their first game without coach Kevin McHale.

The team announced earlier Saturday that McHale was taking an immediate leave of absence to deal with a family matter. Assistant Kelvin Sampson took over, and said before the game he hoped the team would come together to win for McHale.

Marcus Morris added 12 points for Houston and Toney Douglas had 11. Jeremy Lin helped out with seven points, eight assists and four rebounds.

BOBCATS 101, MAVERICKS 97, OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak against the Mavericks.

Kidd-Gilchrist was 8 of 12 from the field and had a pair of key offensive rebounds off missed foul shots late in the game.

Kemba Walker added 26 points and seven assists for Charlotte and Ramon Sessions made some big shots down the stretch and in overtime, finishing with 12 points.

Dallas lost for the second straight night on the road after a 3-0 start.

PACERS 89, WIZARDS 85: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 20 points and Indiana stopped a three-game slide.

Roy Hibbert added seven points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Pacers (3-4). Gerald Green had 15 points and Lance Stephenson scored 12 in his first start of the season.

Washington carried a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter, and Jordan Crawford promptly made a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five. But the Pacers then grabbed control with a 10-0 run.

BULLS 87, TIMBERWOLVES 80: At Chicago, Nate Robinson scored 18 points and the Bulls ended the Timberwolves\\\' three-game winning streak.

Chicago lost starting point guard Kirk Hinrich to a right hip strain in the second quarter, and Robinson helped pick up the slack by playing 31 minutes.

Joakim Noah added 17 points and seven rebounds and Luol Deng had 16 points and seven boards for the Bulls (4-2). Chicago beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time.

76ERS 93, RAPTORS 83: At Toronto, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points apiece, helping the 76ers pick up another road win.

Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Dorell Wright added 15 points and Philadelphia won its third straight, with all three victories on the road. It\\\'s the first time the 76ers have done that since February 2003.

CELTICS 96, BUCKS 92: At Milwaukee, Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and the Celtics rallied for the victory.

Boston (3-3) got even with the Bucks after Milwaukee knocked off the Celtics 99-88 in Boston on Nov. 2.

Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 32 points, while Samuel Dalembert added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, giving him 30 straight games with 10 or more assists, the third-longest streak in NBA history. Magic Johnson has the longest streak at 46 games from April 1983 to February 1984.

Lakers speak to Phil Jackson about return: At Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have spoken to 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson about returning for a third stint on their bench.

The Lakers confirmed the discussions with Jackson on Saturday on their website. Jackson will meet again with the Lakers' brass next week.

Los Angeles fired coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start to a season of enormous expectations. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff led the Lakers to a blowout win over Golden State a few hours after Brown was dismissed early in his second season.

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard both said they would be eager to play for Jackson, who walked away from the Lakers into retirement in 2011.

McHale takes leave of absence from Rockets: At Houston, Rockets coach Kevin McHale has taken a leave of absence to deal with a family matter.

The team announced the move on Saturday and says assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will be in charge while McHale is out.

There is no timetable for the return of the second-year coach and Hall of Fame player.