Don’t tell the officials working the Phoenix/Utah game that it’s just preseason. Referees tagged the Suns and Jazz for 79 total fouls, resulting in 106 attempted free throws.
Those two numbers are so profound that it overshadows the 30-point comeback put on by the Phoenix Suns, who pulled off the 111-110 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Both teams attempted 53 free throws apiece, with Utah hitting 41 of them (77 percent), and Phoenix nailing 39 (74 percent). They were nearly identical in the foul column, too. The Suns finished the game with 40 fouls called against them, but Utah had 39–at least the officials were fair.
Alen Len and rookie Marquese Chriss both fouled out in 20 and 27 minutes of action, respectively, and Eric Dawson was the lone Jazz player to be disqualified, and he collected his six fouls in just 13 minutes.
The Stifle Tower went to the line more than anyone else with 15 attempts, and he knocked down 11. Len was the leader for the Suns, and he buried nine of his ten attempts.
Devin Booker was the game’s leading scorer with 20, and the Suns had five other guys finish in double-figures. Utah saw great production from Exum, who chipped in 18 to lead the Jazz; Gobert was next with 17, and Bolomboy and Trey Lyles each cracked double-digits.
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