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Miami at Phoenix

Nash scores 22 against Heat, Suns win fifth in row

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns had to do little more than go through the motions to beat what's left of the Miami Heat.

Steve Nash scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire added 20 and the Suns won their fifth consecutive game Friday night with a 108-80 victory over the severely depleted Heat.

Miami lost its fifth straight, the last four without All-Star Dwyane Wade, sidelined with a sprained right wrist.

"It was one of those games you can't really talk much about because they were missing most of their guys," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Alonzo Mourning scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to become Miami's career leader in rebounds with 4,545, one more than the record previously held by Rony Seikaly. The Heat were without five players, plus coach Pat Riley, in the opener of a six-game road trip.

"This is the NBA, man," the Heat's Jason Kapono said. "They aren't going to postpone any games. We've just got to go out and try to get wins."

Miami's ranks were reduced even further when Jason Williams, who scored 14 points, was ejected with 9:07 to play. Gary Payton also scored 14 for the Heat.

Phoenix's Leandro Barbosa, starting because Raja Bell was suspended for a game for kicking Toronto's Andrea Bargnani, was 7-for-8 shooting for 18 points despite a bout with the flu that caused him to miss the morning shootaround.

Marcus Banks, out of the Phoenix rotation in recent weeks, scored 13, including a 39-foot bank shot at the third-quarter buzzer. James Jones added 10 points for the Suns in the opener of a five-game homestand.

"You just want to stay aggressive," Nash said, "especially on nights when you know the energy won't be there for everyone, even in the building."

The Suns, just back from a 3-0 trip to the East, took the lead for good with a 15-0 first-quarter run, going up 22-14 on Nash's inside basket on a pass from Stoudemire with 3:24 left in the first quarter.

The lead reached 60-44 on Jones' second 3-pointer of the night with 1:19 left in the half. Phoenix led 60-45 at the break.

The Suns were up by as many as 19 in the third quarter, but Payton made consecutive 3-pointers to cut it to 80-71 with 38.8 seconds left in the period. After a Miami turnover, Banks banked in a shot just inside midcourt to put Phoenix up 83-71 entering the fourth.

The Suns scored the first five points of the final quarter, taking an 88-71 lead after Stoudemire stole the ball and drove downcourt for a layup with 10:47 to play.

That was it for Miami.

"We turned the ball over 20 times for 28 points," acting Heat coach Ron Rothstein said. "That's basically the game."

The Heat have Shaquille O'Neal sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, Wayne Simien out with a salmonella infection and two others -- Antoine Walker and James Posey -- inactive for failing to meet body fat requirements.

Riley took an indefinite leave of absence Wednesday with hip and knee problems.

"It's frustrating to see my teammates go through what they're going through," said Wade, who hopes to get back on the court soon.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow or the day after that," he said. "It's really day to day. It's getting better. It all depends on how much pain I have to play with."

Notes

  • Riley had three large pieces of cartilage removed from his right knee on Friday. There is no timetable for his return.
  • The Heat are 1-8 without Wade and O'Neal since they began playing together in the 2004-05 season, including 0-6 this season.
  • The game was played in front of the Suns' 40th consecutive sellout crowd at home.
  • Miami had 10 players in uniform.
  • Phoenix is 23-3 since starting the season 1-5.
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Steve Nash scores 22 points to lead Phoenix past a short-handed Miami squad.  (AP)
Steve Nash scores 22 points to lead Phoenix past a short-handed Miami squad. (AP)

Scoreboard
Miami (13-19) 242126980
Phoenix (24-8) «29312325108
MIA:A. Mourning 15 Pts
MIA:U. Haslem 13 Reb
MIA:U. Haslem 7 Ast
PHO:S. Nash 22 Pts
PHO:S. Marion 11 Reb
PHO:B. Diaw 7 Ast
Players of the Game
PhoenixMiami

S. Nash

A. Mourning
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22541560
Miami
J. Kapono, SF414-101-221310
G. Payton, PG355-81-213114
U. Haslem, PF353-91-113757
J. Williams, PG345-103-325214
A. Mourning, C215-95-660515
M. Doleac, C232-51-15005
D. Wright, SF224-82-240110
C. Quinn, PG121-43-32125
R. Hite, SG110-30-02000
E. Barron, C70-00-01000
S. O'Neal, CDid Not Play
A. Walker, PFDid Not Play
J. Posey, SFDid Not Play
D. Wade, PGDid Not Play
W. Simien, PFDid Not Play
Totals 29-6617-2038171980
 43.9%85.0% 
Phoenix
A. Stoudemire, C375-1210-14103420
S. Marion, SF363-125-5110111
L. Barbosa, PG347-82-203018
B. Diaw, SF343-62-23738
S. Nash, PG328-142-254122
M. Banks, PG255-82-202413
J. Jones, SF203-62-200210
K. Thomas, C110-40-02020
J. Jones, SF50-30-01000
J. Rose, SG31-10-00103
P. Burke, C31-20-03003
E. Piatkowski, SGDid Not Play
S. Marks, PFDid Not Play
R. Bell, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-7625-29352017108
 47.4%86.2% 
Other Games
Char 74 Final
Orl 106
Atl 92 Final
Tor 105
LAC 105 Final
Wash 116
Chi 86 Final
NJ 91
Bos 128 Final
Mem 119
Dal 90 Final
SA 85
Phi 102 Final
Min 104
Utah 86 Final
Hou 100
Cle 95 Final
Mil 86
Den 104 Final
LAL 123
NY 111 Final
Sea 93