PHOENIX, Jan. 23 (Ticker) --
After a highly competitive first half, the
Phoenix Suns' high-octane offense proved to much for the New
scored 33 points and Steve Nash added a
season-high 30 as the Suns snapped a season-high six-game losing
streak with a 113-105 victory over the Nets.
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"Nothing grand, just a 32nd win after seven tries," Phoenix
coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We are kind of cruising a little bit.
I don't know if it is emotional or what, but we are going to
have to turn it up."
Entering the game riding a season-best three-game winning
streak, the Nets went shot for shot with the league's top
offense in the first half, taking a 57-55 lead at halftime
behind 18 points from Vince Carter
added three 3-pointers for New Jersey, which shot 54
percent (23-of-43) in the first two quarters.
The Nets grabbed their largest lead when Jason Collins' jumper
made it 62-57 with 10:42 left in the third period. But the Suns
responded with one of their signature runs, blitzing the Nets
for 16 straight points.
started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Shawn Marion
capped it with a jumper, giving Phoenix a 73-62 lead with
6:31 remaining. A layup by Stoudemire less than 2 1/2 minutes
later pushed the lead to 14 points, and New Jersey got no closer
than four points thereafter.
"The third quarter kind of put us in a bad way with them
shooting those threes," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "That
third quarter turned the game around for them. They are better
then us and separated themselves."
Stoudemire, who made his first eight shots of the game,
continued to feast upon the Nets, improving to 4-1 with career
averages of 23.8 points and 10.6 rebounds.
"I have been focusing on my shots and they seem to be falling
for me everytime I put it up," Stoudemire said. "It seemed kind
of unnatural for us to be on a six-game losing streak. I knew it
was just a matter of time before we got to where we were."
Carter, who entered with a career average of 30.4 points against
the Suns, scored 32 points on 13-of-26 shooting and grabbed
nine rebounds for New Jersey, which absorbed its 11th straight
loss at America West Arena.
"I think they thought they were going to blow us out," Carter
said. "We kind of earned their respect and made them buckle down
and play their kind of basketball. The mental focus and the
effort we put out was phenomenal. It is too bad we couldn't
finish that great story with a win."
In the two games since Steve Nash has returned from a back and a
thigh injury he has averaged 23 points and 11 assists. The
30-point output means all five starters for the Suns have scored
30 or more in a game this season.
Kidd chipped in 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for
the Nets, who surrendered a season high in points. The previous
high was 112 by Washington on December 1 and Phoenix on
"It might not look like it but we tried to slow it down," Kidd
said. "Everything was going pretty well but we didn't want to
give up a big quarter like in the third. They got shooters
Acquired from the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, 13-year veteran
had an inauspicious debut with the Suns, scoring
just two points in 17 minutes against one of his 11 former teams.