Nuggets drop third straight |

Nuggets drop third straight

The Associated Press
AP Photo Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby, top, lands on top of Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell, bottom, after Camby leapt in the air in an attempt to block Bell's shot attempt in the third quarter Friday in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Nuggets, 102-97.

PHOENIX – Reserve Eddie House sparked a fourth-quarter Phoenix rally with nine straight points and the Suns won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Denver Nuggets 102-97 on Friday night.

Shawn Marion led the balanced Suns’ offense with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Steve Nash added 21 points and 10 assists, Kurt Thomas had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Boris Diaw scored 15.Marcus Camby led the Nuggets, who lost their third straight, with a season-high 33 points and 20 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating his left ankle. Andre Miller scored 18 points and had 10 assists.

But it was House who keyed the Suns’ victory. After Thomas put the Suns ahead for good, 80-79, with a three-point play with 9:51 left, House went to work. He hit two jumpers, a 3-pointer and capped a 12-0 Suns’ run with another jumper, giving Phoenix an 89-77 lead.That was enough of a cushion to help the Suns withstand a late burst by Camby, who scored 14 of the Nuggets’ final 18 points. House finished with 12 points.

This was the seventh straight game that Phoenix held an opponent under 100 points.The Nuggets were without coach George Karl, who was serving the second game of a two-game suspension by the NBA for criticizing officials after Monday night’s loss to New Jersey, and guard Voshon Lenard, who was suspended by the team for conduct detrimental to the club. Assistant Scott Brooks filled in for Karl and now is 0-4 this season as interim head coach.

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