Photos: NBA Cheerleaders back in action

Photos: NBA Cheerleaders back in action

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Photos: NBA Cheerleaders back in action

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Associated Press

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 2:34 PM

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns cheerleaders perform during the NBA game against the Houston Rockets at US Airways Center on February 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“The first half, we played so well,” said Patrick Patterson, who had 14 points in a backup role. “We thought in the second half we could go out there and keep passing the ball, sharing the ball, looking for each other, getting stops on defense and pushing it on transition. We feel that our second unit can go out there and compete with anybody.”

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points, joining Scola as the only Houston starters in double figures, and the Rockets used a 57-13 edge in scoring from their backups to win their third straight and fourth in five games. Houston’s reserves averaged 51.5 points in the Rockets’ two victories against Phoenix this season.

Budinger scored 12 points while playing a team-high 31 points and starter Luis Scola had 16 points to help the Rockets outlast the Phoenix Suns 96-89 on Thursday night.

“The first half, we played so well,” said Patrick Patterson, who had 14 points in a backup role. “We thought in the second half we could go out there and keep passing the ball, sharing the ball, looking for each other, getting stops on defense and pushing it on transition. We feel that our second unit can go out there and compete with anybody.”

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points, joining Scola as the only Houston starters in double figures, and the Rockets used a 57-13 edge in scoring from their backups to win their third straight and fourth in five games. Houston’s reserves averaged 51.5 points in the Rockets’ two victories against Phoenix this season.

“All of those guys shot over 50 percent,” Lowry said. “You can’t do any better than that. You can’t ask for no more.”

The Rockets held Phoenix to five field goals and 13 points in the fourth quarter.  The Rockets defeated the Suns 96-89.

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