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Nuggs lose to Suns at Buzzer

DENVER – Amare Stoudemire had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Quentin Richardson tipped in a shot at the buzzer to help the Phoenix Suns extend their winning streak to nine games with a 107-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.Richardson finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Steve Nash added 15 points and 10 assists to give Phoenix its second nine-game winning streak this season. The Suns have won 18 of 19 and eight straight on the road, one short of the team record.Andre Miller had 23 points and 11 assists, and Kenyon Martin added 22 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which played without starters Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby. Nene added 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, but the Nuggets allowed Phoenix to shoot 53 percent for their fifth loss in six games.The game was a shootout from the start, with little defense and plenty of scoring.Phoenix went up 103-101 on Nash’s left-handed runner with 49 seconds left, but Denver quickly answered with Martin’s running hook to tie it. The Suns went back up with 22 seconds left when the Nuggets doubled Nash and left Stoudemire wide open for a two-handed dunk down the lane.Denver tied it with Martin’s hard drive, but couldn’t keep the Suns off the boards on the other end. Nene blocked Richardson’s first shot along the baseline, then Stoudemire was long on a two-handed tip. Richardson bounced back into the play between two Nuggets defenders and got his left hand on the ball, tipping it in just before the buzzer sounded.Anthony missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle, then Camby was a last-minute scratch because of bronchitis.It didn’t appear to affect the Nuggets offensively.Denver is at its best when it works the ball around for open shots, and the Nuggets had it going in the first half, using crisp passes for open jumpers and cuts down the lane. The Nuggets shot 12-of-20 in the first quarter and only cooled slightly in the second, shooting 50 percent in the first half to lead 54-53.Where not having Camby hurt was on defense.Phoenix had no trouble getting to the rim without Denver’s best defensive player in the paint, getting three of its first four baskets on open drives and scoring 30 of its first-half points in the lane to shoot 23-of-39.Notes: Phoenix’s Bo Outlaw had a lengthy but good-natured discussion with a fan about traveling in the third quarter after Martin switched pivot feet in the post. “That is a travel. Even in the holiday season that’s a travel,” Outlaw said. … Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle attended the game.


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