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Postgame Central: Suns vs Rockets - March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011 US Airways Center
Hakim Warrick & Vince Carter
Kyle Lowry
32 PTS, 4 AST

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Hakim Warrick and Vince Carter were a dynamic duo for the Suns combining for 64 of Phoenix's 113 points.

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"Grant was great, and I’ll say it again. I’m going to say it until somebody hears it or somebody writes it: if Grant Hill is not on the All-Defensive team, then I don’t know who should be. I really don’t."
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Suns Bring Down Rockets in Dramatic Fashion

PHOENIX (AP) Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 32 points starting in place of injured Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns added to their recent mastery of Houston with a 113-110 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday night.

Vince Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including two of his five 3-pointers, in the Suns' seventh consecutive victory over Houston.

Kevin Lowry scored 32 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, for the Rockets, who had won seven of eight overall and seven of eight road games entering the contest.

The Suns, back after going 4-2 on their longest road trip of the season, never led by more than six in the game and trailed by 11.

A rare free throw miss by Steve Nash gave the Rockets a chance to tie it at the finish, but Brad Miller's 3-point try under pressure was far off the mark at the buzzer.

Grant Hill added 19 points for Phoenix and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Patrick Patterson scored 18, Kevin Martin had 17 and Chase Budinger 15 for Houston in a matchup of two teams whose strong recent play has propelled them into the mix for a playoff spot in the West.

The victory left the Suns 1 1/2 games behind idle Memphis for the conference's eighth and final playoff berth.

Houston was without Luis Scola, who injured his left knee in the third quarter in the Rockets 123-101 rout of the Kings in Sacramento on Monday night. The Suns soon were without Mickael Pietrus, who drew two quick technicals from referee Mark Ayotte and was ejected with 9:03 left in the first half.

The Suns' 10th turnover of the game, and Nash's second on consecutive possessions, led to a fastbreak dunk by Patterson that put Houston up 45-34 with five minutes left in the half.

But Phoenix outscored the Rockets 14-5 the rest of the half. Warrick scored the first four on the run, then Hill and Carter sank 3s and Nash's 8-footer cut the lead to 50-48 at the break.

Carter sank a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Houston's lead to 82-79, then made one to start the fourth to tie it at 82.

Carter, who fell a point shy of his season high, scored five straight Phoenix points, then Warrick dunked on a lob pass from Nash and made a 16-footer in a 9-4 spurt that put the Suns ahead 108-102 with 1:03 to play. Lowry's seventh 3-pointer cut it to 108-105 with 54 seconds remaining, then Gortat missed at the other end. But Miller's outlet pass was deflected by Hill into the hands of Nash, who made five straight free throws in the final 23.9 seconds before his miss gave Houston one last chance.

In his first game against his former team, and first in Phoenix as a Sun, Aaron Brooks was 0 for 6 with two turnovers and four fouls in 12 1/2 minutes. Goran Dragic, traded to Houston for Brooks, was 0 for 4 shooting but did have three assists with zero turnovers and was 6 of 8 at the foul line.

Notes: Frye is out 2-3 weeks after dislocating his right shoulder against Oklahoma City on Sunday. ... Houston opens a season-long six-game home stand Saturday night against San Antonio. ... All five of Warrick's 20-point games this season have come at home. ... The Suns are 18-8 since Jan. 12. and 6-0 in their last six games following a loss.

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