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Postgame Central: Suns vs. Wizards - Dec 5, 2010

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December 5, 2010 US Airways Center
Hakim Warrick
26 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
Andray Blatche
24 PTS, 3 REB, 10/13 FG

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The Suns were aggressive on their home court Sunday which showed up on the stat sheet in the form of 35 free throw attempts. Phoenix sank only 23 of those attemps (66%).

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“Ever since [Steve Nash] has been here, they put the players with him to make him play like he does. Especially at this age, he’s looking like he hasn’t slowed down any.”
-- Gilbert Arenas

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Good job to @PhoenixSuns for getting the job done over the #wizards , and a great job by @the_real_nash for notching 20 points and 17 assist
--KomeKid29
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Suns Back on Track with Win Over Wizards
PHOENIX(AP) Steve Nash was 8 of 8 from the field, made all four of his foul shots, scored 20 points and had a season-high 17 assists to help the Phoenix Suns beat Washington 125-108 on Sunday night, keeping the Wizards winless on the road this season.

Hakim Warrick had a season-high 26 points to help the Suns win for the fourth this season after trailing by 10 or more points. This marks the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Suns have opened December 3-0. Washington is 0-10 away from home.

Jason Richardson had 21 points for the Suns, the seventh straight game he has scored at least 20, and their reserves chipped in with 58 points.

Andray Blatche topped the Wizards with a season-high 24 points, Nick Young scored 20 points, Gilbert Arenas had 13 and rookie John Wall added 12 points and 12 assists.

Nash was spectacular in the first half, hitting all seven of his field-goal attempts and both of his free throws for 16 points, while adding six assists as the Suns took a 64-61 lead. Warrick also was outstanding, making seven of nine field-goal attempts and four free throws for 18 points.

The Suns trailed for most of the half, falling behind by 10 at one point, before outscoring the Wizards 14-8 in the closing 4 minutes, with Nash and Warrick accounting for 13 of their points.

The Suns trailed for most of the half, by as much as 10 points, before outscoring the Wizards 14-8 in the closing four minutes, with Nash and Warrick accounting for 13 of their points.

Blatche also had an accurate shooting percentage during the fast-paced first half, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, and Young had 12 points in 7 minutes.

Wall was the ringleader of the Wizards' offense with 10 assists. He also hit a 22-foot bank jump shot with a tenth of a second remaining before halftime.

The Suns continued to display their high-octane offense in the third period while locking down on defense for the second straight game, and by the end of the quarter had opened a commanding 95-78 lead. During the period, Nash executed four perfect alley-oop passes, two to Richardson, and one each to Warrick and Channing Frye.

Overall, Nash assisted on eight of the Suns' 11 baskets in the quarter.

NOTES: Grant Hill, the Suns' 38-year-old forward, is averaging more than 14 points. If he continues that pace through the end of the season that would put him in select company. Only five players in NBA history - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller and Robert Parish - have averaged 14 or moe at the age of 38 or older. ... Wall, who had played 12 games before Sunday, is the fifth NBA rookie to record 100 assists in 12 or fewer games, joining Oscar Robertson, Phil Ford, Damon Stoudemire and Breven Knight. ... Young has scored at least 20 points in a game five times this season, all off the bench, which leads the NBA.