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Postgame Central: Suns @ Hawks - Nov. 7, 2010

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November 7, 2010 Philips Arena
Steve Nash
19 PTS, 15 ASST, 5 REB
Joe Johnson
34 PTS, 7 REB, 6 ASST

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With 15 assists, Steve Nash registered his first double digit dish game and first double-double of the season.

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"I thought we hung in there and battled and found a way to win. Anytime you win on the road, it’s a good thing." -- Alvin Gentry

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Suns Second Straight Win, Hawks First Loss

Posted Nov 7, 2010
By: Charles Odum

PHOENIX(AP) Jason Richardson scored 21 points, Steve Nash added 19 and the Phoenix Suns held off Atlanta's second-half comeback to beat the Hawks 118-114 on Sunday. The Hawks suffered their first loss after a 6-0 start.

There were four ties in the fourth quarter but the Hawks, who trailed by 18 in the third period, could not take the lead.

Nash, who had 15 assists, made four free throws in the final 7 seconds to protect the lead.

Joe Johnson had 34 points and Al Horford added 30 - one shy of his career high - for Atlanta. Johnson and Horford each set season scoring highs.

After trailing through the second half, The Hawks pulled even at 106 on two free throws by Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, with 2:29 remaining.

Nash scored on a fallaway jumper with 1:07 remaining for a 112-110 lead. Crawford's jumper pulled the Hawks even for the third time in the period.

Channing Frye's one-handed bank shot over Mike Bibby gave Phoenix a 114-112 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Johnson missed a short jumper with 9 seconds left, and Nash made two free throws with 6.7 seconds left to push the lead to four points.

The Hawks were denied in their attempt for their first 7-0 start since winning their first 11 games in the 1997-98 season.

The Suns snapped the Hawks' streak of 14 straight home wins, the longest active streak in the league. The Hawks' last home loss was an 111-103 overtime loss to Dallas on Feb. 26.

The Suns (3-3) took a big lead of 18 points at 79-61 in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Richardson. The Hawks made a strong rally by making their last 10 shots of the third quarter, including six 3-pointers.

After the third period, officials reviewed a basket by Nash with 3:43 remaining and ruled he scored after a 24-second violation. The ruling left the Suns' lead at 90-88 instead of 92-88 entering the final period.

Josh Childress had 11 points in his first game at Philips Arena since he left the Hawks following the 2007-08 season to play two years in Greece. Childress averaged 11.1 points in four seasons with Atlanta.

Josh Smith had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Horford had 10 rebounds.

Notes: Smith had a blocked shot to pass Dikembe Mutombo (1,094) for second place on the Hawks' career list. ... Coach Larry Drew said Hawks F Marvin Williams is expected to miss about a week with the bone bruise in his right knee he suffered on Friday. Drew said Williams is still a little sore ``but a lot better at this stage than what we thought it would be.'' ... Williams wore a three-piece suit with a bow tie on the Hawks' bench.

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