Phoenix at Golden State

Nash lifts Suns past Warriors with last-second tiebreaker

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Although the Golden State Warriors did a pretty sharp impersonation of the fast-breaking, high-scoring Phoenix Suns, it wasn't quite as good as the genuine article.

Steve Nash hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left, and the Suns made the final rally in a thrilling fourth quarter to snap the Warriors' five-game winning streak with a 113-110 victory Monday night.

Two of the NBA's most adventurous offenses played a breakneck game that included several wild momentum swings, 14 lead changes and an unusually critical free-throw lane violation -- all before Nash added yet another memorable moment to his resume.

Though the Suns are off to an underwhelming 4-6 start, Nash sees a solid foundation growing below the flash and dash of this victory.

"Our record isn't where we want it to be, but it's only 10 games, and we're still learning how to play with this mix," the two-time league MVP said. "This one could have gone either way. We just hit that last shot."

Raja Bell scored all of his 22 points after halftime, and Shawn Marion added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Suns hit 13 3-pointers and finally earned their first win in five road games this season. Nash had 19 points and 15 assists, but Phoenix barely survived the final minutes against the Warriors, who thrived even while injured star Baron Davis sat out to rest his sore ribcage muscles.

"That one wore me down," Marion said with a grin. "They played just as fast as we did. They've got an athletic team. We made a couple more shots, and that was the only difference."

Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points for the Suns, and Amare Stoudemire had 16 as Phoenix finally ended its worst road start in a decade.

Monta Ellis scored 31 points to match the career high he established in his last game, leading the Warriors to a 102-93 lead with 11 quick points in the fourth. The Suns replied with a 15-3 run capped by Marion's long jumper with 2:11 to play.

The game was tied with 25 seconds left when Andris Biedrins' free throw for Golden State was waved off by a double lane violation -- a ruling that perplexed Warriors coach Don Nelson.

"Welcome to the NBA," he said bemusedly.

The Suns won the jump ball that results from this rare violation, and Nash coolly drilled his open 3-pointer.

Jason Richardson had another open 3-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot clanged off the front of the rim. The loss ended Golden State's six-game home winning streak, but Nelson was more impressed with this loss than many of his club's recent wins.

"I have no problem losing like this as long as the guys played (hard) and listened to the game plan," Nelson said. "They banged and hustled great tonight, and we had a shot to win it in the fourth. We couldn't ask for anything more at the end with Jason getting a clean look at the 3."

Mickael Pietrus had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, while Mike Dunleavy scored 16 points and Richardson had 14 on just 5-of-14 shooting.

The teams established their tempo right after the opening tip, scoring 19 points apiece in the first six minutes. The Warriors made nearly 58 percent of their shots in the first half while scoring 20 straight points during one stretch, but Phoenix rallied back with plenty of open jumpers.

Bell scored 17 points in the third quarter as Phoenix gradually cracked Golden State's various defenses. But the Warriors opened the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run, including 10 points from Ellis, a second-year pro who's making a name for himself after joining the NBA straight out of high school.

He matched the career high he set against Seattle two days earlier, and also highlighted the Warriors' big fourth-quarter run with consecutive jaw-dropping scores: A one-handed fast-break dunk on Barbosa's head, followed by a winding layup in traffic while drawing a foul to put Golden State up 100-93.

But Ellis came out when his leg cramped up with 45 seconds to play, and Richardson had to take the final shot.

"It could have been better," Ellis said. "We made a lot of simple mistakes. ... I know what type of team Phoenix is. They've got a lot of great 3-point shooters, and that's what got them back in the game."

Notes

  • Davis, the Warriors' leader with averages of 20.7 points and 8.3 assists in an outstanding season, was injured in Saturday's victory over Seattle.
  • Marion was among several Suns who attended the San Francisco 49ers' victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, standing on the sidelines before the game.
  • Troy Murphy returned to the Warriors' lineup after missing three games with an injured left heel, contributing four points in just 11 minutes.
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Two-time MVP Steve Nash scores 19 points, including the game-winning shot to beat the Warriors.  (AP)
Two-time MVP Steve Nash scores 19 points, including the game-winning shot to beat the Warriors. (AP)

Scoreboard
Phoenix (4-6) «31213724113
Golden State (7-4) 31262726110
PHO:R. Bell 22 Pts
PHO:S. Marion 11 Reb
PHO:S. Nash 15 Ast
GS:M. Ellis 31 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 15 Reb
GS:M. Ellis 7 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StatePhoenix

M. Ellis

S. Nash
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
313719415
Phoenix
S. Marion, SF409-180-0112418
R. Bell, SG388-171-222322
S. Nash, PG368-141-2415219
B. Diaw, SG354-92-299510
A. Stoudemire, C226-94-750316
L. Barbosa, PG308-150-224421
J. Jones, SF233-80-05227
K. Thomas, C60-20-02000
M. Banks, PG60-20-00000
J. Rose, SG50-00-00000
E. Piatkowski, SGDid Not Play
S. Marks, PFDid Not Play
J. Jones, SFDid Not Play
P. Burke, CDid Not Play
Totals 46-948-15403423113
 48.9%53.3% 
Golden State
M. Pietrus, SG4510-181-181024
M. Ellis, PG4413-264-637231
A. Biedrins, C376-81-3151513
J. Richardson, SG335-142-333214
K. McLeod, PG30-10-00000
M. Dunleavy, SF397-120-065416
M. Barnes, SF182-40-15224
T. Murphy, PF112-30-09114
A. Roberson, PG102-50-01014
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
B. Davis, PGDid Not Play
Z. Cabarkapa, SFDid Not Play
I. Diogu, PFDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
D. Wagner, SGDid Not Play
Totals 47-918-14502017110
 51.6%57.1% 
Other Games
Dal 93 Final
Char 85
Hou 97 Final
NY 90
Orl 86 Final
Mem 95
Tor 96 Final
Utah 101
SA 107 Final
Port 98
NJ 87 Final
Sea 99