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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Suns swat Hornets in Nash's 1,000th game

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns fans booed when the team drafted Steve Nash in 1996. They had no idea how wrong they were.

Nash played in his 1,000th NBA game on Sunday night, ever the crafty playmaker with 13 points and 12 assists in the Suns' 120-106 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

"To play 1,000 games is amazing," the 36-year-old point guard said. "Part of me feels like it just means I'm old, but if someone had told me when I was 15, 16, 17 years old that I'd play a thousand games as a professional basketball player, I'd probably have been pretty happy."

Nash became the 10th active player in the league to reach the 1,000-game milestone.

Coach Alvin Gentry called it "an unbelievable accomplishment," especially considering the Suns' style of play since Nash returned to Phoenix from Dallas.

"Those 480 or 500 games that he's played here or whatever it is, is probably more like 650 with the pace that he's played the last six years," Gentry said, "and the things that he's done with this team and all the plays that we've asked him to make. That's a lot of miles right there."

Cavaliers 104, Celtics 93

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 30 points, 24 in the second half, and the Cavaliers wore down aging Boston.

Bobcats 96, Magic 89

In Orlando, Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, Raymond Felton had 16 and Charlotte held on for its sixth straight victory.

Thunder 119, Jazz 111

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 30 points and 11 assists, and the Thunder made up ground in the race for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a victory over short-handed Utah.

Bucks 98, Pacers 94

In Milwaukee, Jerry Stackhouse tied his season high with 20 points and the Bucks survived a late rally from short-handed Indiana to win their sixth straight.

Heat 104, 76ers 91

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and his supporting cast came through during a decisive stretch in the fourth quarter, helping the Heat beat Philadelphia.

Trail Blazers 109, Raptors 98

In Portland, Nicolas Batum scored 22 points, making five of six 3-point attempts, and the Blazers won their fourth straight.

Kings 114, Timberwolves 100

In Sacramento, rookie Tyreke Evans had 29 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Kings over Minnesota, which has lost nine straight.

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