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Postgame Central: Suns vs. Sixers, Dec. 29, 2010

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December 29, 2010 US Airways Center
Steve Nash
23 PTS, 15 AST, 5 REB
Jrue Holiday
25 PTS, 7 ASST

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The Suns' three newcomers combined for 46 points in Vince Carter's Phoenix debut.

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Suns Fall to Sixers in Carter's Debut

PHOENIX (AP) Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110 Wednesday night.

Evan Turner scored 23 points off the bench and Andres Nocioni finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Philadelphia was without Andre Iguodala, who missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.

Steve Nash had 23 points and 15 assists to lead Phoenix and Vince Carter added 18 points in his Suns debut. Carter has missed four straight games with a sore knee after he was acquired in a six-player deal on December 18.

Grant Hill added 17 points for the Suns, who have lost four straight, their longest losing streak in nearly a year.

The 76ers won for the second time in their last nine trips to Phoenix.

Carter put Phoenix ahead 84-81 on a 15-foot jump shot with 3:15 to go. But Holiday made consecutive baskets, Spencer Hawes added a 20-footer and Nocioni converted a three-point play to spark an 11-2 run to end the quarter that gave Philadelphia a 92-86 lead.

Phoenix made it 110-105 on Nash's 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining and still trailed 114-107 when Turner sank a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:42 to go to give the Sixers a 10-point lead.

Before Philadelphia's late scoring burst in the third, the teams had exchanged the lead 18 times and had been tied 15 times with neither team opening more than a five-point lead.

The Sixers won for the first time in 12 games when allowing more than 100 points, due mostly to their own 54.3 percent shooting.

Notes: Sixers guard Lou Williams chartered a flight to meet the team in Phoenix after missing two games to attend the birth of his daughter. ... Jason Kapono dressed for Philadelphia but did not play. ... The Suns last lost four straight from Jan. 13-18. ... No Phoenix player had more than six rebounds.