Suns hold on to beat Jazz

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PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 20 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points and the Phoenix Suns ended a four-game losing streak with a 106-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

In a game that was close throughout, the Suns finally took the lead for good, 100-99, on Boris Diaw's free throw with 1:55 to play. Then, Stoudemire scored on a layup with 41.4 seconds left, and Steve Nash hit two free throws with 20.7 seconds remaining, giving Phoenix a 104-99 lead. Utah's Andrei Kirilenko hit a 3-pointer with 15.5 to go, then Diaw and Matt Barnes each made a foul shot before Utah got the final basket.

Shaqulle O'Neal, who was in foul trouble throughout the second half, had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. Barnes finished with 14 points, and Diaw and Nash with 12 apiece. Nash also had nine assists.

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