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PHOENIX (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns won their third straight Tuesday night with a 107-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. It was Atlanta's fourth loss in a row.
In winning for the sixth time in seven games, the Suns (22-13) improved to nine games over .500 for the first time this season.
After a tight fourth quarter, O'Neal put the Suns ahead for good, 99-98, with a foul shot with 1:49 remaining. Steve Nash followed with a jumper and Amare Stoudemire made a jump hook, giving the Suns a 103-98 advantage.
Nash finished with 23 points and six assists, Leandro Barbosa scored 22 points and Stoudemire had 17 for the Suns. Matt Barnes added 10 rebounds.