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3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 101-88 loss to the Phoenix Suns in their first action since March

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In this file photo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) guards Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during an NBA game at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The Jazz lost to the Suns 101-88 Thursday night in its first scrimmage inside the Disney World Bubble.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz basketball was back Thursday night for the first time in over four months, as the team played its first scrimmage game in the Disney World bubble against the Phoenix Suns.

With the caveat that it was the first action in a long time and it doesn’t count in the standings, the Jazz weren’t sharp for most of the night in an eventual 101-88 loss.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

  • The Jazz allowed the Suns to get just about whatever they wanted in the first half and were down 50-39 at intermission. In the first two quarters, Phoenix shot 19 of 37 from the field. In the third quarter, Utah got to within two, thanks to better defense, before faltering again.
  • The Jazz also struggled on offense early in falling behind, as they made just 12 of their 33 field goal attempts in the opening two frames. Outside of Donovan Mitchell, Utah was 9 of 27 from the field in the first half.
  • Mitchell led the Jazz with 17 points on the night while Jordan Clarkson scored 14 and Mike Conley 12. Mikal Bridges led six Phoenix players in double figures with 14 points.