NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Phoenix
(Saturday, December 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Sacramento 107
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Steve Nash poured in 32 points and dished out six assists, as the Phoenix Suns remained perfect at home this season with a 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings at US Airways Center.
Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for the Suns, who improved to 7-0 in the desert this year and have won 16 in a row as the host going back to last season.
Jason Richardson ended with 16 points for Phoenix, which snapped a two-game skid. Channing Frye chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds, while Grant Hill finished with 14 points and eight boards for the Suns, who have scored 100 or more in 33 consecutive home games.
"Tonight was a big getaway game for us. We came out with the intensity, we scrapped out there on the rebound tip, Steve (Nash) shot particularly well - down the stretch they tried to make him play one-on-one out there and wanted him to be the scorer instead of the facilitator and he scored well. We got the win and we've got to look forward to tomorrow night," said Stoudemire.
Tyreke Evans had 21 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for the Kings, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Andres Nocioni tallied 20 points while Jason Thompson ended with 13 points in defeat.
"Well, that was a tough one for us. I thought we played really well in a lot of ways. We missed too many layups, missed free throws at big times and we w ere the victim of one of the two greatest closers in basketball. Nash was phenomenal in the fourth quarter and we would have had to play perfect basketball at that point, to get the win and we had a few too many mistakes along the way," said Kings head coach Paul Westphal.
Ahead 95-94 midway through the fourth, the Suns went on a 10-2 spurt. Frye had two three-pointers during the run, which Nash capped off with a trey for a 105-96 lead with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
Sacramento never got closer than five the rest of the way.
The Suns closed out the first quarter on a 12-5 run. Robin Lopez's pair of free throws and slam capped the spurt to give Phoenix a 35-26 lead.
The Kings ripped off nine straight points late in the second stanza to go in front. Nocioni's trey capped the flurry to give Sacramento a 51-50 edge with under three minutes to go until half.
Phoenix closed out the first half on a strong note and took a 60-55 margin into the locker room.
The third frame was tight throughout and when it was over, the Kings held an 83-82 lead.
Kenny Thomas had a season-high 18 rebounds to go with four points for the Kings, who got 12 points apiece from Sergio Rodriguez and Beno Udrih...The Kings have lost eight straight and nine of their past 10 trips to the desert. In fact, Sacramento hasn't won in Phoenix since a 118-117 thriller on November 6, 2005...The Suns play at the Lakers on Sunday, while the Kings welcome the Heat to town on the same day.
12/06 01:10:02 ET