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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:02 am | Updated: 8:10 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Phoenix guard Raja Bell had 20 points against his former team as the Suns beat the Utah Jazz 106-95 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Bell played the last two seasons in Utah before signing with Phoenix as a free agent in the offseason. He made 8-of-15 shots, including four 3-pointers. Shawn Marion added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Kurt Thomas had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix (2-1).

Andrei Kirlenko led Utah with 18 points and Kris Humphries added 11 points. Rookie Deron Williams, the No. 3 draft pick, missed all three of his field goal attempts.

The Jazz played without Carlos Boozer (strained left hamstring) and Matt Harpring (knee rehabilitation).

Steve Nash, who had eight points and eight assists, got a warm cheer when he went across the court during the fourth quarter change to check on a boy who got hit in the face by an errant pass.

BONUS SHOT: The league announced in a memo to teams on Monday that a minimum dress code will go into effect at the start of the regular season on Nov.

1. Players will be expected to wear business casual attire whenever they participate in team or league activities, including arriving at games, leaving games, conducting interviews and making promotional or other appearances.

‘‘If they’re trying to change the image of the league, that’s cool,’’ Marion said.

Players will no longer be able to wear — sleeveless shirts; shorts; T-shirts; chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the player’s clothes; sunglasses while indoors and headphones (other than on the team bus or plane, or in the team locker room).

Players will also now be required to wear a sport coat on the bench when they are not in uniform.

‘‘I think it is appropriate, definitely, on the bench,’’ Marion said. ‘‘I think you should be in a nice shirt and slacks.’’

Not all the players feel the new dress code is in the best image of the league.

‘‘I understand they’re making it out to make us look better to corporate and big business. But we don’t really sell to big business,’’ Bell said. ‘‘We sell to kids and people who are into the NBA hip-hop world. They may be marketing to the wrong people with this.’’

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