Boozer scores 12 points for Utah Jazz in losing effort

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

PHOENIX - Quentin Richardson scored 16 points and Joe Johnson had 14, leading the undefeated Phoenix Suns to their fourth exhibition victory, 108-67 Wednesday night over the undermanned Utah Jazz.

The win left the Suns with the only perfect preseason record in the NBA's Western Conference. The Indiana Pacers (3-0) are the only team in the East without a loss. Utah now is 2-1.

Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko led Utah with 12 points each and Mehmut Okur scored 11. Boozer had a team-high seven rebounds.

Phoenix began the game with a small lineup, not using a true center. Instead, during the pregame introductions, Richardson, Johnson and Amare Stoudemire were announced as forwards. The lack of a legitimate big man didn't stop the Suns.

With Johnson scoring 10 points in the first quarter, Phoenix opened a 28-16 lead and never was seriously threatened. The closest Utah got after that was six points, 34-28, in the second period. Richardson then hit a 3-pointer, triggering a 13-0 Suns run and the outcome no longer was in doubt.

Utah was down five players in the game. Raul Lopez (rehabbing right knee), Jarron Collins (strained left wrist) and Jason Miskiri (strained right hip) did not make the trip with the Jazz, while Matt Harpring (right knee) and Raja Bell (groin) did not play.



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