PHILADELPHIA (for NBA.com) -- From the moment the ball went up for the opening tip, the Phoenix Suns moved up and down the court at a rapid pace.
It's the mantra of coach Alvin Gentry.
It works, too.
The Suns completed a 4-1 road trip with an impressive 119-115 win over the 76ers on Monday night in Philly, capping a five-game road trip and moving to 7-1 overall for a surprising start to their season.
Phoenix seemed to be an afterthought in the Western Conference before the season began. But point guard Steve Nash re-signed and everything has fallen into place around the two-time Most Valuable Player.
Nash continues to lead the league in assists, and he had 21 points and a season-high-tying 20 assists against the Sixers. Nash was the last player in the league to register a 20-20 in points and assists when he had 28 points and 22 assists at New York on Jan. 2, 2006.
Six Suns players scored in double figures, paced by Jason Richardson's 29.
"We need to win road games and we play the same at home or on the road," Nash said. "If we execute, we'll be in good shape."
Added Grant Hill: "We have great chemistry in this locker room. We don't worry about who is getting the most minutes. We worry about winning. It's been a good recipe so far. I'm very positive about where we're headed this season."
The Suns moved the ball with precision around the perimeter. When Nash dumped the ball inside to Amar'e Stoudemire, the ball would often come back out and change hands six or seven times.
"Coach stresses ball movement," said center Channing Frye. "He talks about getting good shots. If you move the ball enough, you'll get good shots. We want to have positive possessions on offense."
The Suns were leading the league in scoring at 109.7 points per game, a number will rise a bit after this 119-point outburst.
"We don't try to do anything that's very complicated," Gentry said. "We've made baby steps in the right direction."
The Suns played the same style when they trailed by 16 in the first half and when they led by five late in the game.
Meanwhile, the Sixers looked to be in a good rhythm when they pushed the ball. That type of movement is a natural fit for players such as point guard Lou Williams and forward Andre Iguodala, who paced the Sixers with 24 points.
In Friday's 87-84 win over the New Jersey Nets, the Sixers became stagnant at times in the halfcourt.
This was an improvement.
"I think we're capable of playing any style, but obviously when we're running, it's to our advantage," Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said. "We have a lot of athletic players who can get up and down the court. We need to learn to play any style. It will help us to continually grow."
Philadelphia shot an impressive 61 percent in the first half and 14-for-21 (67 percent) in the second quarter. What was impressive was the play of the Sixers' second unit anchored by rookie Jrue Holiday.
Iguodala, Williams and Holiday really had a good flow. It was arguably the best performance by the Sixers in a half this season and definitely the best stretch for Holiday, the team's first-round draft choice from UCLA.
The same goes for Phoenix's Richardson, who dropped in 19 points in the first half while making all five of his 3-pointers.
"Playing with Steve Nash is easy," Richardson said. "You just have to have good spacing and he'll find you. It's a thrill to play alongside Nash."