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Nash scores 37 as Suns pass Bucks

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Associated Press / January 23, 2008

Steve Nash scored 15 of his season-high 37 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Phoenix Suns past the Bucks, 114-105, last night in Milwaukee.

The Suns (30-12), who have the NBA's second-best record behind Boston (33-6), became the first Western Conference team to notch 30 victories.

Phoenix has won four straight since its 97-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Tuesday.

Amare Stoudemire added 19 points, including 10 in the final period, and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Raja Bell scored 8 of his 19 points in the final quarter.

Grant Hill was also back in the Suns' starting lineup, less than two weeks after undergoing an appendectomy. He had 8 points in 27 minutes after missing seven games recovering from the surgery Jan. 9.

Michael Redd led the Bucks with 28 points but scored only 2 in the fourth quarter when he missed all three of his shots. Andrew Bogut added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost six of seven.

Charlie Bell's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter gave Milwaukee its biggest lead at 86-77, but the Suns refused to fold after trailing most of the second half.

Raja Bell hit a jumper, converted a 3-point play, and hit a 3 to spark a 29-13 run that ended on Nash's 3-pointer - his third during the stretch - which gave the Suns a 106-99 lead with 2:06 to play.

Kings 128, Nets 94 - With their three stars in the starting lineup together for the first time, host Sacramento rolled to its most lopsided win this season.

Ron Artest scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 19, and Mike Bibby scored all 15 of his points in the first half to lead the finally healthy Kings to their third straight victory.

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