Nash leads Suns past Rockets 114-109

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Nash had 25 points and 17 assists, and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Houston Rockets 114-109 Wednesday night to breathe a little life into their flickering hopes of making the playoffs.

Grant Hill had 23 points, Shaquille O'Neal 22 and Jason Richardson 18 as the Suns won their season-best sixth straight at home.

Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak overall to remain four games behind Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, with just seven to play. The Suns failed to gain ground because the Mavericks beat Miami 98-96.

Ron Artest scored 28 for the Rockets, who dropped to fourth in the crowded scramble for playoff positioning in the West, a game behind No. 2 Denver and a half-game behind San Antonio.