He more than filled the job description on a night when he was
House made seven of 11 3-point attempts en route to a
career-high 31 points and the Suns handed the Utah Jazz their
fourth straight loss Friday night.
"It was just going down tonight. It felt good," House said.
"What's more important than what I did is we needed a win bad,
man, especially at home."
The Suns, winners at home for just the second time in six games,
blew the game open with a 19-4 outburst late in the third quarter
and into the fourth.
"We struggled finding points and struggled playing well,"
Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Eddie, Leandro and Pat Burke,
they all gave us some energy and life."
Barbosa scored 18 points. Diaw and former Jazz player Raja Bell
added 12 apiece for Phoenix, which finished its home stand 2-3.
House, who once scored 61 points in a game for Arizona State,
had 17 points in 14 minutes in the first half. He left with 25
seconds to go in the half with a mild ankle sprain, but came back
to rally the Suns after Utah had cut Phoenix's lead to one at 66-65
when Devin Brown made one of two free throws with 2:26 left in the
"I thought it was hurt more than what it was," House said.
"When I came back here in the locker room for a second and moved
around, the pain went away. I just re-taped it and came back out."
House finished 11-for-16 from the field. His previous career
best was 28 points for Miami against Orlando on April 12, 2002.
"We never got close to being able to get him at the 3-point
line," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "He was wide open and he had
some kind of game."
Steve Nash, who had six points and 10 assists, was on the bench
for the decisive run. Fellow All-Star Shawn Marion had 10 points on
4-for-14 shooting and with seven rebounds failed to get a
double-double for the first time this season.
"Some of our main guys are struggling with their shot, they're
struggling with not playing well," D'Antoni said, "and when that
happens, you're not going to be a work of art. Luckily, the bench
has been coming in and doing a great job."
"It seemed like every time we were getting a little closer, it
was another 3, another 3," Humphries said. "They just spread you
out so well and move the ball so well. That's something we need to
do is make the extra pass like they do."
Before House came on, it was an ugly game between two struggling
teams. After Brown's three-point play put Utah up 24-22, House's
20-footer ignited a 15-4 Phoenix run. House scored 10 in the surge,
including two 3-pointers. Boris Diaw's stuff capped the outburst to
put the Suns ahead 38-28 with 5:05 left in the half.
House's fourth 3-pointer of the half -- in six attempts -- gave
Phoenix a 43-33 lead, but Utah outscored the Suns 9-4 the rest of
the quarter to cut the lead to 47-42 at the break.
Jazz point guard Keith McLeod missed his third straight
game with back spasms. ... There were 15 turnovers in the first
quarter, nine by Utah. ... Jazz guard Gordan Giricek, out with
tonsillitis the past two games, started and scored seven points.
... The seldom-used Burke played 16 strong minutes with six points,
four rebounds and three assists for Phoenix.