NBA Game Summary - Portland at Phoenix
(Wednesday, February 10th)
Final Score: Portland 108, Phoenix 101
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Steve Blake recorded season-highs of 20 points and 12 assists, as the injury-depleted Trail Blazers held off a late Phoenix rally to hand the Suns a 108-101 defeat at US Airways Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge had a team-high 22 points and Andre Miller checked in with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, helping Portland snap a two-game skid and run its winning streak against Phoenix to four games after losing 11 straight in the series.
The Blazers snapped a nine-game road losing streak in the series, winning in the desert for the first time since February 4, 2004 .
Amare Stoudemire paced the hosts with 24 points and nine boards. Steve Nash added 15 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had their five-game win streak halted.
Portland led 30-20 after 12 minutes of action and hit from the floor on nine of their final 10 possessions of the first half to take a healthy 60-44 lead into the break.
The Blazers pumped their lead to 22, 77-55, with an 11-2 run through the middle stages of the third, ending on a three-point play by Jeff Pendergraph with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
Phoenix was within 83-67 heading to the fourth quarter and completed a 15-0 run that bridged the final two frames with Jared Dudley's second three-pointer of the stretch capping things for an 83-67 game with 10 1/2 minutes to play.
But The Blazers battled back with an ensuing 12-2 surge, sparked by consecutive three-pointers from Blake and Nicolas Batum.
The Suns threatened to cut their deficit under double digits as Channing Frye put in back-to-back baskets and Nash struck from long distance moments later for a 98-88 difference with about four minutes left.
Then Phoenix took advantage of a poor stretch by the visitors, as Martell Webster's tip-in with 2:40 to go served as Portland's final field goal. Stoudemire hit consecutive buckets to start an 8-1 burst and ended it with two free throws to bring the hosts within 101-96 with 30.2 seconds left.
Nash drained a three following two Blake free throws for a four-point game, but failed to hit from long distance on Phoenix's next possession. Miller and Blake combined to go 4-for-4 at the line from there to seal the win.
The Suns sport an 18-7 mark at home this season, while Portland moved to .500 on the road at 13-13...Dante Cunningham had 13 points for the visitors, while Webster and Juwan Howard scored 10 apiece...Frye scored a dozen points for Phoenix, which also got 11 points each from Dudley and Grant Hill...The Trail Blazers shot 58.4 percent from the floor, the most prolific shooting performance against the Suns this season...Phoenix shot 47 percent.
02/11 01:29:42 ET