New Jersey at Phoenix

Suns 118, Nets 109 (OT) wire reports

PHOENIX -- Embarrassed a night earlier, Steve Nash refused to let the Phoenix Suns lose again.

Nash had 23 points and 16 assists, Vince Carter also scored 23 points, and the Suns erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 118-109 in overtime on Wednesday night.

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Nash scored 10 in overtime and Carter had his highest point total since coming from Orlando in a trade on Dec. 18.

Phoenix trailed 90-75 early in the fourth quarter before turning up the pressure on defense, bouncing back from a 132-98 loss in Denver on Tuesday and winning for only the second time in six games.

"This is the type of game, especially after [Tuesday] night, we needed to find a way to win and that's exactly what we did," Nash said. "We were competing but not playing great, then we took a stand. That's all Coach [Alvin Gentry] wanted whether we won or lost in the end."

Reserve Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points for the Nets, who had six players in double figures.

"They're known for their offensive firepower and they got a couple of easy 3s and they got the momentum and made a good comeback on us," Nets guard Devin Harris said. "They went small-ball and they were able to get some mismatches."

Nash's driving layup gave the Suns a two-point lead with 23 seconds remaining in regulation, then Kris Humphries dunked for the Nets with 16 seconds left as the game went to overtime tied at 103.

Vujacic opened the extra period with a 3-pointer, but the Suns took over from there. Carter had a putback with 1:58 left as the shot clock expired for a five-point lead, and Nash hit eight free throws in overtime.

Nash became the NBA's career leader in free-throw percentage after making all 11 attempts Wednesday, surpassing Mark Price at 90.40 percent to Price's 90.39.

Channing Frye scored 21 points for the Suns.

Phoenix missed its first seven shots over the second half and had two turnovers as New Jersey opened a 12-point lead in the third quarter. The Nets kept the lead in double figures and extended it to 90-75 with more than eight minutes left in regulation on Vujacic's 3-pointer before the Suns rallied.

"We can't lose our identity," Gentry said. "With this whole defensive thing that's going through everybody's mind, we still have to be an offensive team. That's who we are."

The Nets had a 57-55 halftime lead, shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half.


Suns forward Grant Hill missed his second successive game due to a sprained knee. ... Many in the crowd booed Vujacic, a former Los Angeles Lakers player who apparently wasn't too popular during his time in the same division as Phoenix. ... The Suns improved to 2-2 in overtime games this season, and all four have been at home.

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New Jersey (10-28)282927196109
Phoenix (16-21) «2827183015118
NJ:S. Vujacic 19 Pts
NJ:T. Outlaw 11 Reb
NJ:D. Harris 15 Ast
PHO:S. Nash 23 Pts
PHO:S. Nash 7 Reb
PHO:S. Nash 16 Ast
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New Jersey
D. Harris, PG395-124-6115615
T. Outlaw, SF382-121-211335
B. Lopez, C307-132-280316
D. Favors, PF185-82-320212
S. Graham, SF141-20-04142
S. Vujacic, SG377-130-034419
K. Humphries, PF336-114-562516
J. Farmar, PG264-82-226412
Q. Ross, SG173-50-00136
J. Petro, C142-42-22026
T. Murphy, PFDid Not Play
A. Morrow, SGDid Not Play
D. James, SFDid Not Play
B. Uzoh, PGDid Not Play
Totals 42-8817-22393236109
C. Frye, C447-135-670521
S. Nash, PG426-1711-11716323
V. Carter, SG419-201-252223
J. Childress, SF211-40-04112
R. Lopez, C215-81-120311
J. Dudley, SF334-76-951315
G. Dragic, PG292-55-75419
M. Gortat, PF203-62-26018
H. Warrick, PF131-24-44126
G. Hill, SFDid Not Play
M. Pietrus, SGDid Not Play
G. Siler, CDid Not Play
G. Lawal, PFDid Not Play
Z. Dowdell, PGDid Not Play
Totals 38-8235-42452521118
Other Games
Dal 89 Final
Ind 102
Atl 104 Final
Tor 101
Chi 91 Final
Char 96
Sac 95 Final
Bos 119
Mem 107 Final
Det 99
Orl 89 Final
NO 92
SA 91 Final
Mil 84
OKC 118 Final
Hou 112
NY 125 Final
Utah 131
LAL 115 Final
GS 110
Miami 105 Final
LAC 111