Martin, Hayes help Rockets beat Suns

Martin, Hayes help Rockets beat Suns

Credit: AP

Houston Rockets' Kyle Lowry, left, looks to pass the ball as Phoenix Suns' Robin Lopez, right, defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Houston. The Rockets beat the Suns 95-93. (AP Photo)

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by AP

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 15 at 11:01 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Kevin Martin scored 23 points, Chuck Hayes had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds and the Houston Rockets snapped a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix with a 95-93 win over the Suns on Monday night.

Kyle Lowry added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who stayed three games behind Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot.

Vince Carter scored 21 to lead the Suns, who played without point guard Steve Nash for the second straight game.

Aaron Brooks, acquired from Houston in a trade at the deadline, started for Nash and struggled, scoring two points on 1 for 9 shooting.

The Suns slipped 2 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies in the race for the No. 8 playoff spot in the West.
 

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