Suns overcome Nash's absence to beat Clippers

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Grant Hill scored 19 points, Aaron Brooks and Zabian Dowdell made up the absence of ailing Steve Nash, and the Phoenix Suns ended a four-game losing streak with a 111-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

In halting their longest losing streak of the season, the Suns beat the Clippers for the eighth consecutive time at US Airways Center. Los Angeles has not won at Phoenix since March 17, 2007.

Nash, the Suns' scoring leader and the league leader in assists, was a late scratch because of flulike symptoms. This was the fifth game he missed this season, but the first time the Suns won without him.

Brooks finished with 17 points and six assists. Dowdell, a rookie, had a season-high 14 points and five assists.