Published January 08, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Utah Jazz rookie Wesley Matthews scored 10 of a career-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to steer the home team to a 124-115 victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday.
Carlos Boozer also scored 21 points and added 20 rebounds for the Jazz, who ran away from the Suns with a 33-point fourth quarter.
"It was almost like bait... we kind of fell into their trap for the first three quarters," Matthews told reporters after his breakout performance.
"I love this. I have never been the type to back down from anything and I think that's what's got me to where I am."
Matthews has been used sporadically of late but came through when the Jazz needed him.
On the other side, Goran Dragic tallied a career-high 32 points to help Phoenix forge a 106-102 lead in the final quarter before Utah seized the momentum with a 17-3 run.
By contrast, Phoenix have lost six of their last eight games and been particularly poor on the road, amassing a woeful 1-12 record since November 29.
The NBA's top scoring team has had trouble defending, keeping just one opponent under 100 points this month.
Despite the struggles, All-Star point guard Steve Nash reached a milestone with his 8,000th assist becoming just the eighth player in league history to reach the mark.
He finished with 15 points and 15 assists on the night while Channing Frye scored 21 for Phoenix.
The Suns made a barrage of three-pointers and led 96-79 in the third before Utah managed to turn things around.
The Jazz got good play inside and out-rebounded their opponent 48-31. Andrei Kirilenko had a team-high 25 points for Utah which won its third straight.
"It was a tough loss for us," Nash said.
"We just couldn't get into our offense (in the game's final 14 minutes). They pushed us out, we had no penetration and we were just jacking up shots or turning it over."
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)