PHOENIX, March 17 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns had to work overtime but won a game they could not have afforded to lose.

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Shawn Marion collected 30 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns escaped with a 95-91 overtime victory over the lowly Toronto Raptors.

Phoenix, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter, pulled within one-half game of idle Houston in the battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

"We had a gut check and we followed through with it and came up with a good win," Marion said. "We needed that win right there tonight."

The Suns held the Raptors without a basket in overtime (0-of-8). They took the lead for good when Stephon Marbury's jumper snapped an 89-89 tie with 3:25 left. Marion added a 3-pointer for a 94-89 cushion with 87 seconds remaining.

Struggling against lesser teams is nothing new for the Suns, who improved to 13-15 vs. clubs below .500.

"We have a better winning percentage against .500 teams or better than against teams under .500," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. "I thought we fell victim again. But we found a way, pulled it out and hit some big shots."

The Raptors tied it, 87-87, with 6.3 seconds left in regulation on Voshon Lenard's spin move. But Toronto played the overtime without Vince Carter, who fouled out with 1:40 to go in the fourth quarter.

"We've just got to get the same calls as the other team down the stretch. There's no question about it," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He's our best player and when he fouls out, that takes something away from us."

Morris Peterson scored 17 points for the Raptors, who suffered their sixth straight loss and completed an 0-5 road trip.

"I think the most important part was that we didn't give up and we continue to try to execute and do things the right," Toronto center Antonio Davis said. "We're never happy with a loss, but we just keep trying to take something positive from each and every game."

The Raptors opened a 62-48 lead on Peterson's free throw midway through the third quarter. After Carter's 3-pointer made it 69-58 with 3:18 left, Marion scored five points in a 8-0 spurt that ended the period and pulled the Suns within three.

Marbury and Marion hit consecutive 3-pointers, giving the Suns their first lead since early in the first quarter at 83-80. But Phoenix could not put away Toronto, going the final 5:43 of regulation without a field goal.

Marbury scored 25 points and Penny Hardaway added 18 for the Suns, who shot 43 percent from the field (35-of-82) and trailed, 48-41, at the intermission.

"We continued to play, we didn't let up," Marbury said. "We were resilient at the end of the game. We knew we needed this game, especially coming off the loss yesterday against Houston."

Carter scored 15 points for the Raptors but missed his only shot in the fourth quarter. Davis added 16 and 15 rebounds for Toronto, while Jerome Williams contributed 13 and 12.

"I don't know," Carter said when asked about his lack of touches in the fourth quarter. "I'm not the coach and I don't call the plays."

With Toronto trailing, 94-91, and still enough time to go inside, Williams missed a 3-pointer from the right wing. Williams is 0-of-9 from the arc in his career. The rebound went out of bounds and Hardaway made 1-of-2 from the line with 6.5 seconds to go to clinch the victory.

"Everybody said it wasn't a good shot, but I felt it was something I had to do the way they dropped off me," Williams said. "I figured we were down three and I took the shot."

The Raptors dropped to 0-13 this season in the back end of games on consecutive nights.