Casey Jacobsen scores 23 in Suns' 89-84 win

Posted Jul 19, 2003

Second year player Casey Jacobsen scores 23 points and Joe Johnson added 20 in the Phoenix Suns' 89-84 win over Utah in the opening game of the Rocky Mountain Revue

Casey Jacobsen made six of eight from the field, four of six from beyond the arc and seven of eight from the line. Joe Johnson, who is entering his third NBA season, added ten assists, four steals and five rebounds.

First round pick Zarko Cabarkapa had 13 points and eight rebounds in his NBA debut for the Suns. Former Syracuse guard Jason Hart finished with 12 points on five of nine shooting and undrafted rookie Noel Felix of Fresno State had ten.

DeShawn Stevenson, who will be entering his fourth NBA season, led all scorers with 27 points. However, he was just 12 of 30 from the field. He added eight rebounds and four assists. Veteran free agent power forward Zendon Hamilton and Michael Ruffin, who are battling for a roster spot with the loss of Karl Malone, finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Ruffin added eleven rebounds and two blocked shots. 2002 first round pick Curtis Borchardt made his NBA debut as he had six points and four rebounds. 2001 pick, Raul Lopez, also played in his first NBA contest, had one points and three assists in 15 minutes. The Jazz's top pick Aleksandar Pavlovic had seven points and four caroms.

Phoenix plays Portland Saturday at 6:00 and Utah faces Denver and #3 pick Carmelo Anthony Saturday at 8:00.

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