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Postgame Central: Suns vs. Nuggets - Nov 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010 US Airways Center
Hakim Warrick
21 PTS, 7-9 FGM, 3 REB
Carmelo Anthony
20 PTS, 22 REB, 2 AST

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Suns Stage Comeback to Defeat Nuggets

Posted Nov 15, 2010

PHOENIX(AP) Hakim Warrick scored 21 points to lead a balanced attack, helping the Phoenix Suns overcome a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets for the 12th straight time at home, 100-94 Monday night.

The Suns had a rough night from 3-point range, making just 4 of 20 after nearly breaking the NBA record with 22 in a win over the Lakers the day before. Phoenix also had a sloppy first half (at both ends), making up for it by putting six players in double figures. Steve Nash had 15 points and seven assists, and Channing Frye chipped in 15 points.

Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Denver, which hasn't won in the desert since April 7, 2004.

Grant Hill added 14 points for Phoenix, which has won three straight since opening the season 2-4. Josh Childress had 10 key points off the bench and Hedo Turkoglu hit a big 3-pointer and blocked a late 3-point attempt by Denver's Chauncey Billups.

The Suns had to go small without center Robin Lopez, who's expected to miss several weeks after spraining two knee ligaments against the Lakers on Sunday night. That wasn't much of a a problem against the not-so-big Nuggets, who are still missing Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen.

Other than Anthony's surprising rebounding effort, it was relatively even on the inside, Denver scoring eight more points in the paint.

After struggling in the first half, the Suns finally got the lead on a 4-point play with 6 1/2 minutes left, going up 85-82 on Turkoglu's three-point play and a technical foul on Billups. Denver tried to claw back, but Nash and Turkoglu hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 98-89 and didn't let Denver make a run.

Both teams were coming off wins over the defending NBA champions.

The Nuggets handed the Lakers their first loss on Thursday, scoring a season-high 118 points in the win in Denver. Phoenix made it two straight back in Los Angeles on Sunday night, coming within one 3-pointer of the NBA single-game record.

That didn't figure to bode well for the Nuggets, who allowed Indiana to hit 16 of 30 from beyond the arc in their last road game, a 144-113 loss that included a 54-point third quarter by the Pacers.

Denver coach George Karl joked during the morning shootaround that hopefully the Suns shot all their 3-pointers against the Lakers - and he may have been right.

Phoenix missed its first seven from long range and was 2 for 12 in the first half. The Suns weren't playing much defense, either, giving up too many shots inside and on the break - Denver had a three-on-none breakaway one trip in the first quarter - which wasn't a good combination.

Denver took a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter and kept the Suns from making a run, leading 58-46 at the half after shooting 26 of 52.

Notes: The officials called three other technical fouls: on Anthony for yelling in the second quarter, Nene in the third for swinging an elbow and Hill a few seconds later for arguing. ... Karl hasn't won in Phoenix since 1997, while coaching the Seattle SuperSonics. ... Phoenix is 1-3 on the second game of back-to-backs.