Suns seaon over; Jazz drop Phoenix 100-88, secure playoff spot
By Natalie Rivers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Paul Millsap scored 26 points and Al Jefferson went on a personal 8-0 fourth-quarter run as the Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 100-88 Tuesday night to secure a Western Conference playoff spot.
The victory halted Utah's seven-game losing streak to the Suns, dating to March 2010.
Jared Dudley and Michael Redd scored 15 apiece for Phoenix, and Hakim Warrick had 12 for the Suns, who were without forward Channing Frye because of a shoulder injury.
The Suns won the season series but can't catch the Jazz with just one game remaining. Utah can still claim the No. 7 seed if Denver loses its final two games.
The Suns trailed 85-80 when Jefferson scored eight straight to put the game out of reach.
Jefferson finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds.