PHOENIX – Eddie House made seven of 11 3-point attempts en route to a career-high 31 points and the Phoenix Suns handed the Utah Jazz their fourth straight loss, 102-94 on Friday night.

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.

House started and ended the run with 3-pointers. In between – Leandro Barbosa, Boris Diaw and Jim Jackson sank 3s. Utah, meanwhile, went 51/2 minutes without a field goal.

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 third quarter.

House finished 11-for-16 from the field. His previous career best was 28 points for Miami against Orlando on April 12, 2002.

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.

Mehmet Okur scored 29 for the Jazz, still without Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko and Keith McLeod because of injuries. Deron Williams added 21 points and Kris Humphries 16 for Utah.

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.

Notes: 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. … Seldom-used Pat Burke played 16 strong minutes with six points, four rebounds and three assists for Phoenix.

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