NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Phoenix
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: Phoenix 113, Orlando 112
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Grant Hill's reverse layup with 2.7 seconds left gave the Phoenix Suns a 113-112 triumph over the Orlando Magic at US Airways Center.
A Matt Barnes hook shot and a Steve Nash jumper gave Phoenix a 111-108 lead with 57.9 seconds left. Jameer Nelson came back on the other end with a running bank shot, cutting the lead to one with 48.2 left. A Nash miss opened the door for Hedo Turkoglu to sink a pull-up jumper for a 112-111 Orlando lead with 9.9 showing on the clock, giving Phoenix time for one last shot.
Nash ran the floor and was fouled by Marcin Gortat. The Magic had a foul to give, resulting in an inbounds play, and Nash found Amare Stoudemire at the top of the key. Stoudemire fired a pass down low to Hill cutting to the hoop for a well-executed, go-ahead bucket with 2.7 seconds remaining.
A three from Rashard Lewis at the buzzer was off the mark, handing the Suns a dramatic win.
"I thought our guys did a great job of just gutting it out," Phoenix head coach Terry Porter said. "We stepped up and made some big shots -- and made some big stops when we needed to."
Nash and Stoudemire each notched 21 points, with Nash handing out 10 assists and Stoudemire grabbing 14 boards for the Suns, who have won three of their last four following a four-game slide. Hill finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
On Wednesday, the team acquired shooting guard Jason Richardson, forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft choice from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for shooting guard Raja Bell, forward Boris Diaw and rookie point guard Sean Singletary.
The team had its new acquisitions in action Friday as Richardson equaled his teammates with 21 points. Dudley was scoreless in limited action. Center Shaquille O'Neal was absent for a second straight game while attending to the death of his great-grandmother.
Dwight Howard scored a team-high 19 points with seven boards despite leaving the game in the third quarter with a sore left knee. Lewis tallied 18 points and eight boards while Nelson and Keith Bogans chipped in 16 points apiece for the Magic, who had their four-game winning streak halted.
Orlando, which has still notched wins in eight of the past 10 games overall, is an impressive 8-3 on the road this year despite the loss and will finish up a five-game road trip with visits to Utah and Golden State.
"That's a tough way to lose -- because of a defensive breakdown at the end," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We haven't made a commitment to the defensive end until very late in the game. If that continues, we'll have a very tough time the rest of this road trip."
The Magic held a 33-28 edge after one quarter and Phoenix trimmed Orlando's lead to 61-60 at the break on a Nash three-pointer in the final seconds.
The Suns scored the first three baskets to open the second half and kept their lead in the single digits until a three-ball from Leandro Barbosa made it a 10-point game with 1:16 left. Phoenix maintained that lead, 87-77, entering the fourth.
Orlando got back-to-back three-pointers from Nelson and Brian Cook to open the final quarter and threes from Turkoglu and Courtney Lee several minutes later cut the Phoenix lead to one, 92-91.
Phoenix countered with a pair of threes from Barbosa and Richardson in a blistering start to the frame. The Suns maintained the advantage until a pair of free throws from Lee gave Orlando a 108-107 edge just inside two minutes remaining.
Phoenix has now won six straight overall against the Magic...Nash passed Bob Cousy for 13th on the all-time assists list...Bogans' 16 points was a season- high...Turkoglu finished with 13 points...Barbosa tallied 15 points while Barnes had 14 and nine rebounds.
12/13 01:08:11 ET