NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Sacramento
(Tuesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Phoenix 125, Sacramento 123
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Steve Nash poured in a season-high 33 points and handed out 17 assists, as the Phoenix Suns edged the Sacramento Kings, 125-123, at ARCO Arena.
Joe Johnson netted 28 points and Amare Stoudemire contributed 22 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who have won three in a row and eight of their last nine contests. Stoudemire also blocked Brad Miller's layup attempt at the buzzer to preserve the win.
"I rotated out and blocked it perfectly," said Stoudemire. "It was a great block. There was no contact. As soon as it left his hand, I hit it. It feels good to win one on defense. That was a first for me."
Shawn Marion collected 19 points and 16 boards for Phoenix, which also halted an eight-game losing streak at Sacramento.
Mike Bibby scored 27 points for the Kings and teammate Chris Webber registered a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Cuttino Mobley finished with 23 points and eight boards and Peja Stojakovic chipped in 20 points in the loss.
Eddie House's three-pointer early in the fourth quarter staked Sacramento to a 100-92 lead.
The Suns countered with a 17-6 burst, highlighted by three-pointers from Johnson and Nash, to take a 109-106 advantage with 5:09 left.
Sacramento then answered with a 13-6 spurt to regain a four-point lead at 119-115 with 2:50 remaining. Mobley hit a pair of three-pointers and Stojakovic added a shot from beyond the arc during the run.
Phoenix again battled back and used a 7-0 spurt, capped by Quentin Richardson's layup, to claim a 122-119 advantage with 1:17 left.
Webber then sank a pair of foul shots and Miller followed with a shot in the lane to make it 123-122 in favor of the Kings with 34.9 seconds remaining.
On the Suns' next possession, Richardson banked in a short jumper in the lane to put Phoenix back on top and after Webber missed a hook shot at the other end, Marion got the rebound and was fouled.
Marion made 1-of-2 tries from the stripe with eight seconds left to increase the margin to two at 125-123. Stoudemire then came through with the huge block of Miller's shot and the Suns escaped with the victory.
"The last team to score was going to win, and that's about what happened," said Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Johnson's layup with 7:20 left in the first quarter gave Phoenix a 12-9 lead.
Sacramento then went on a 20-4 burst to take a 29-16 advantage. Stojakovic and Mobley each had seven points during the surge. The Kings eventually led 33-24 after 12 minutes.
Sacramento continued to pour it on in the second quarter, building its advantage to 53-37 on a jumper by Miller midway through the period.
Phoenix then stormed back, using a 23-8 burst to cut the deficit to 61-60 with four seconds remaining in the stanza. Johnson netted eight points and Nash added seven during the run.
The Kings then received a three-pointer from Bibby at the buzzer and carried a four-point edge into the locker room.
The Suns began the third quarter with a 19-10 spurt, keyed by eight points from Nash, to move in front 79-74.
Phoenix later led by four at 83-79 with 3:34 left in the period, but Sacramento closed the stanza with a 15-7 run to grab a 94-90 advantage after 36 minutes. Webber's three-pointer in the closing seconds gave the Kings a four-point lead.
Miller ended with 12 points and 10 rebounds...Richardson had eight points and eight boards...It was Webber's third triple-double of the season and the 20th of his career...The game featured 27 lead changes and six ties...Earlier Tuesday, the Suns acquired forward Walter McCarty from Boston in exchange for a 2005 conditional second-round draft choice. Phoenix also received an undisclosed amount of cash...Also Tuesday, Nash, Stoudemire and Marion were all selected as reserves for the Western Conference All-Star team.
02/09 01:46:34 ET