Short-handed Suns edge Thunder 113-110

Short-handed Suns edge Thunder 113-110

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Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, center, work to keep the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder defenders Kevin Durant, right, and Serge Ibaka, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Phoenix won 113-110. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on December 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Grant Hill scored a season-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds and Steve Nash added 20 points and 10 assists as the short-handed Phoenix Suns snapped Oklahoma City's five-game winning streak by beating the Thunder 113-110 on Sunday night.

Phoenix played while still waiting for trade acquisitions Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus to join the team -- but found a way to edge past the Thunder down the stretch.

The Suns let a 13-point lead slip away but were able to recover and take the lead for good on Robin Lopez's right-handed dunk with 6:45 left. Oklahoma City got within a point in the final 7 seconds, but never got the chance to take the lead as the teams traded foul shots.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points, and Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green scored 19 apiece.
  
Suns get Nash back but are still short-handed
  
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns were short-handed for their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with three players acquired in a trade with Orlando yet to join the team.

Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said Sunday night that the Suns "are going to try" to bring in Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus before Monday night's game at San Antonio but he didn't know yet if that would happen.

If not, the trio would likely debut with the Suns on Thursday night against Miami in Phoenix.

The Suns did get All-Star point guard Steve Nash back after he missed most of the previous game with a neck stinger sustained against Dallas.

Chris Dudley, Grant Hill, Channing Frye and Robin Lopez joined him in the starting lineup.

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