NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Houston
(Sunday, January 31st)
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Houston 111 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire poured in a season-high 36 points and the Suns hit 7-of-8 at the foul line in overtime, as Phoenix gutted out a tough road win, 115-111, over the Houston Rockets.
Stoudemire added 11 rebounds and was 12-for-12 at the line before fouling out in overtime. Grant Hill added 19 points and Steve Nash hit some timely shots to finish with 11 points, 16 assists and eight boards as Phoenix kicked off a four-game road trip with its first win away from the desert in six tries.
Robin Lopez and Jared Dudley scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Suns, who have only four wins in their last 11 contests.
Aaron Brooks had 24 points and six assists for the Rockets, who fell to 1-4 on a six-game homestand that wraps up Tuesday against Golden State. Trevor Ariza contributed 21 points and hit a game-tying three near the end of regulation to force extra time.
Luis Scola and Carl Landry went for 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss.
With the game tied at 97 and 1:17 left to play in regulation, Nash was left wide open and dropped a three from the right wing to put Phoenix on top.
Houston then turned it over on a backcourt violation with 47.6 seconds to go, but breathed new life after a Channing Frye three came up short and Shane Battier secured the rebound with 26.1 ticks showing.
Robin Lopez blocked a Landry's layup attempt to force a jump ball, won by Houston, and the ball found its way to Ariza in the right corner for a three- pointer that tied the game at 100 with 11.3 on the clock.
The Suns had one last chance for a game-winning shot, but Nash's off-balance shot never came anywhere near the cylinder.
Stoudemire scored the first points of overtime before fouling out shortly thereafter, and Frye made 3-of-4 at the line around a Jason Richardson basket to give Phoenix a 109-105 lead with 1:14 left.
Richardson then answered a Brooks deuce with one of his own to keep the visitors in front by four with 49.7 to go. A Brooks free throw and Scola's hook shot made it a one-point game, but following a Richardson miss, Brooks couldn't get a driving layup to fall.
Dudley was fouled and sank two clutch free throws with 5.3 ticks on the clock for a 113-110 affair. The Suns smartly fouled Brooks before he could get a shot off on the ensuing possession; he made the first and intentionally fired the second straight into the rim. It came right back to him in the lane, but the referees called a lane violation for leaving too early, and Nash iced the game with two from the stripe at the other end.
"I surprised myself, the ref, everybody, so maybe something had to be wrong. It was a hard play, a hard call...that's how it goes," Brooks said of his thwarted follow-up attempt on the missed free throw.
The Suns jumped on top 21-8 in the early going before settling on a 28-21 lead after the opening 12 minutes of play. Phoenix surged again to begin the second and built up a 14-point advantage five minutes in before taking a 60-48 lead into the break.
Trailing by 13 early in the third, Houston ripped off 11 straight points as part of a 16-2 run that yielded a 69-68 lead on a Scola bucket with 3:15 remaining. A quick 9-0 burst over the final two minutes of the frame had the Suns ahead 79-73.
Phoenix will also visit the Hornets, Nuggets and Kings on its road trip, and is now 10-15 away from the desert this season...Houston is 14-9 at home...Phoenix has won the first three meetings of the season and four in a row overall...Chase Budinger had 12 points and Battier finished with 11 points and as many rebounds for Houston, which shot just 37.7 percent from the floor...Stoudemire was 12-for-22 from the field to help the Suns shoot 48.2 percent overall.
02/01 00:03:22 ET