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Quin Snyder had Jazz intentionally foul others so Suns’ star couldn’t get 60 points

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder directs his teams play against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder directs his teams play against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City. AP Photo

It was garbage time in Monday night’s Jazz-Suns game in Salt Lake City, so Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov pulled Devin Booker with Phoenix trailing by 23 points.

Booker had 56 points at the time, but just a few minutes later he was put back into the game with 2:57 to play, according to the Arizona Republic.

A free throw and a basket got Booker to 59 points with 1:31 remaining and the Suns trailing 118-88.

But he wouldn’t get to 60.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder, the former Missouri coach, was overheard saying that the Jazz weren’t going to let Booker get to 60 points, the Republic reported.

Jimmer Fredette missed two shots for the Suns, then the Jazz committed two fouls on players other than Booker and Utah won 125-92.

“I wanted him to get 60,” Suns center Deandre Ayton told the Republic. “I saw what Utah did.”

This is what the Jazz did:

Interestingly, Kokoskov was an assistant to Snyder at Mizzou for one season, so the two know each other well. Another interesting note: Booker’s father, Melvin, was a Mizzou Hall of Fame basketball player for the Tigers in the 1990s, before Snyder coached MU.

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.


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