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Phoenix Suns win first SL playoff game, 97-81, behind rookies Jackson, Reed

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Josh Jackson and Davon Reed came up big for the Summer Suns in the win.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns started the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs with a win, 97-81 over the winless Utah Jazz contingent, putting them into the winner’s bracket for game five.

“Obviously it was a good win for us,” summer coach Marlon Garnett said. “To be able to sustain the lead that we had. Of course, there were some lapses. But we fought through the mental barriers and were able to finish it out.”

The Suns were led by rookies Josh Jackson (21 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Davon Reed (15 points, 5 rebounds), while Dragan Bender had his best game of the summer with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.

“He’s a gamer,” Garnett said of Jackson. “He so versatile. We used him at the four position. His game is just going to continue to expand. As the confidence in his shot gets better, the sky is the limit, really, for him.”

“He’s definitely growing each and every game,” Dragan Bender said of Jackson, who took over the game late to help seal the victory. With him on the court it helps a lot, with me and Marquese, we can switch on the defensive end. Then on offense he just has to keep doing what he did.”

Jackson was humble, for his part. He talked about the defensive intensity picking up for the whole team.

“Just getting comfortable,” Jackson said. “I just tried to come out and play a complete game tonight. Defend, score, rebound and pass the ball.”

For the Jazz (0-4 in SL), exciting rookie Donovan Mitchell did not play.

Here is how the game unfolded, courtesy of Evan Sidery (on @BrightSideSun) and our Suns Film Room (on @SunsFilm).

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