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Hayward leads balanced Jazz past Suns, 109-86

  • Article by: MATTHEW COLES
  • Associated Press
  • February 26, 2014 - 11:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead a balanced Utah Jazz offense in a 109-86 win over the slumping Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Richard Jefferson scored 17 points and Diante Garrett had a career-high 15 points as the Jazz had seven players with 10 points or more in Utah's largest margin of victory this season.

The Jazz shot 57.5 percent from the field, the highest mark of any Phoenix opponent this season.

Gerald Green had 17 points and rookie Archie Goodwin matched his career-best with 16 for the Suns.

Playing their only road game in a nine-game stretch, the Suns have been looking to improve their playoff position. However, with a third straight loss, Phoenix leads Memphis by just one-half game the eighth and final Western Conference berth.

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