NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Phoenix
(Monday, January 11th)
Final Score: Phoenix 105, Milwaukee 101
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Steve Nash poured in 30 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed seven rebounds, as the Phoenix Suns continued their home dominance over the Milwaukee Bucks with a 105-101 victory at US Airways Center.
The Suns have beat the Bucks 22 straight times in the Valley of the Sun. Milwaukee's last win in Phoenix came on February 21, 1987.
Amare Stoudemire and Jason Richardson each had 23 points for the Suns, who have won five of seven. Stoudemire also had 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which shot 49.4 percent from the floor.
"I don't know what the specifics are, but we've got to figure it out. We've got a lot of basketball left - we're almost at the half-point of the season - but we need to pick this up," Stoudemire said. "We need to start building if we want to be a good team in the playoffs. We need to become that team and learn how to continue to bury teams and not let them back into the game."
Hakim Warrick donated 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak. Luke Ridnour finished with 17 points and seven assists. Brandon Jennings chipped in 14 points and eight assists while Andrew Bogut added 13 points and 13 boards for Milwaukee, which dropped to 4-13 as the visitor this season.
The Bucks learned on Monday that guard Michael Redd has torn the ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Milwaukee was without head coach Scott Skiles for the game due to an irregular heartbeat that forced him to go to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Assistant coach Jim Boylan handled the coaching duties.
"We fought hard today. Knowing that Michael is out is a big loss to us and our coach being out, we tried to win this one for them. Everything was there, a couple of key mistakes on the offensive end and that's how we came up short," Jennings said.
With the game tied at 89 midway through the fourth, Phoenix scored seven consecutive points. Nash book-ended the burst with a pair of jumpers to give the Suns a 96-89 margin with four minutes to play.
Jennings' trey with over 1 1/2 minutes left had the Bucks within 98-96. Nash responded with a 10-foot jumper and the Suns made 5-of-6 free throws in the final moments to seal the victory.
The Suns jumped out of the gates early, taking a 36-15 lead after 12 minutes of play.
A Jared Dudley three-point play early in the second extended Phoenix's margin to 41-17. Milwaukee ripped off 12 straight points near the end of the frame to get back in the game. Warrick's deuce had the Bucks within 52-42 with a minute to go. Nash's bucket had the Suns ahead 54-42 at the break.
Milwaukee closed the third on a 10-2 spurt to cut the gap to three. Charlie Bell made a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, which Carlos Delfino ended with a layup to make it 79-76 heading to the fourth.
Milwaukee made 38.6 percent of its shots, including a 10-of-30 performance from beyond the arc...Phoenix has won seven straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Bucks...Suns forward Grant Hill had six points to give him 15,000 for his career.
01/12 00:06:34 ET