Suns overcome Nash's bad back, snap 4-game road losing streak with 110-102 defeat of ThunderPosted: Updated:
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns overcame the loss of two-time MVP Steve Nash to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 12 rebounds, moving into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list, as the Suns downed Oklahoma City 110-102 last night.
Nash played only nine minutes before leaving with back spasms and Amare Stoudemire was hounded by foul trouble, but the Suns still had plenty of firepower to overwhelm the NBA-worst Thunder.
Jason Richardson scored 20 points and reserve Matt Barnes had 19 for Phoenix, which snapped a four-game road losing streak.
The Suns held Oklahoma City scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter and forced eight of the Thunder's 15 turnovers in the final period to put away the game.
Phoenix dug itself a double-digit hole, just like the Suns did in their last visit to Oklahoma City.
The Thunder made their first six shots of the game to rush out to a quick nine-point lead and it was 23-13 after the first six minutes.
O'Neal went 10-for-12 from the field and passed Dominique Wilkins to move into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list.