Hayward scores 28, Jazz hold on for 112-105 win over Suns

12:36 a.m. EST December 7, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — What started as an easy night on the court turned into another tough fourth quarter for the Utah Jazz, who blew a 19-point lead and were outscored in the period for the third straight game.

Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Jazz held on for a 112-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, their seventh win in eight games.

“It’s human nature,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “When you have some separation, sometimes it’s easier to let down. It’s something that really good teams figure out a way to overcome. I don’t think we’re there, but we did find a way tonight.”

Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 22 points and had 11 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Jazz, who recovered after the Suns erased a 23-point lead to tie it at 103.

“I’ve been working hard since I got here,” Gobert said. “I always want to improve, that’s the main thing for me. That’s what I’m going to keep…

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