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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Stoudemire, defense lead Suns to victory

HOUSTON (AP) Amare Stoudemire and the high-scoring Phoenix Suns turned to their defense to pick up another victory in Houston.

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Battle for the skies: Chicago's John Salmons tries to find a way past Sacramento's Beno Udrih on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Stoudemire scored 23 points, Steve Nash had 16 assists and the Suns recovered from a slow start to beat the Rockets 111-105 on Tuesday night.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points for the Suns, who have won eight of their last 11 games in Houston.

The Suns held the Rockets to 32 percent shooting (9 of 28) in the fourth quarter and outscored Houston 14-8 in the final 3 minutes to pull out the win.

"We've got a little toughness," Nash said. "We're not physically the toughest group, but mentally we're tough. We started to battle at the end of the game and we got a lot of stops."

Nuggets 130, Raptors 112

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points to lead the Nuggets past Toronto.

Anthony is the only player in the NBA to score at least 20 points in all of his team's games so far. He's topped 30 points seven times. He sat out the final quarter.

Thunder 100, Heat 87

In Miami, Kevin Durant scored 32 points as Oklahoma City continued its surprisingly strong start by downing Miami.

Russell Westbrook had 24 for the Thunder, who took control with an early 20-1 run and sealed it with a 14-2 burst in the third quarter. Jeff Green added 13 for Oklahoma City, which has won three straight on the road.

Cavaliers 114, Warriors 108

In Cleveland, LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists as the Cavaliers held off a gutsy effort by undermanned Golden State.

J.J. Hickson added a career-high 21 points for the Cavaliers, who lost Jamario Moon to injury and were without Shaquille O'Neal and Anderson Varejao.

Hornets 110, Clippers 102

In New Orleans, Jeff Bower picked up his first coaching win in the Hornets' defeat of Los Angeles.

David West had 24 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

Pacers 91, Nets 83

In East Rutherford, N.J., the hosts slumped to an 0-11 record with a loss to the Pacers.

Danny Granger scored 22 points and Roy Hibbert tied a career high with 19 for Indiana.

Bulls 101, Kings 87

In Sacramento, John Salmons scored 23 points to help Chicago beat the Kings.

Lakers 106, Pistons 93

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak.

Bryant didn't appear to be slowed by his strained groin while scoring 27 points in the middle two quarters before reaching 40 with 19 seconds left.

Knicks mull A.I. move

GREENBURGH , N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks passed on a chance to sign Allen Iverson last summer. A few months and only one victory later, they have to decide if he's worth reconsidering.

Iverson is on the market again after the Memphis Grizzlies waived him Tuesday night. And while the Knicks weren't interested in the offseason, they won't rule the former scoring champion out yet.

"We had our little group from last year we wanted to keep together and that was the decision in the summertime, not to disrupt what we had," coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday. "Now, basketball's fluid and things change every second."

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