It's a story of two halves in Suns' win over Wizards

Posted: November 09, 2009

The Phoenix Suns came out to play in the daytime for the first time this season, on a Sunday afternoon on the East Coast.

And they proceeded to commit 16 first-half turnovers.

Then the Suns settled down, giving the ball away only five times in the second half, and beat the Washington Wizards yesterday, 102-90, to improve to 6-1, matching the best seven-game start in franchise history.

"We just weren't really fresh today," point guard Steve Nash said. "Maybe it was the first day game of the season. We really didn't have a great bounce to us, we didn't really push the ball, we weren't really aggressive to start. That was the difference.

"We had some chances to be up 15 or 20. We just didn't really have energy to us today, but mentally we were tough and stuck with it at times and got it done."

Except for the 21 turnovers, the final scoresheet looked fine. Four of the five starters had double-doubles. The only one who didn't, Jason Richardson, led the scoring with 22 points.

Channing Frye had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Amare Stoudemire added 17 and 12, and Grant Hill had 13 and 13. Nash finished with 11 points and 17 assists, as the Suns had twice as many assists (30-15) as the Wizards.

"We try to make very simple plays, and then we'll take what the defense gives us," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "I thought we started trying to be a little bit too creative, and that's not really who we are."

Andray Blatche and Gilbert Arenas scored 20 points apiece for Washington.

In other games:

* At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists and the Thunder ran away from the Orlando Magic in the second half for a 102-74 victory. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Mickael Pietrus scored 15 and Jameer Nelson added 10. Thabo Sefolosha added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

* At Portland, Andre Miller scored 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw each had 19 as the Trail Blazers a big first-half lead and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-93.

* At Sacramento, rookie Tyreke Evans scored 18 of his 23 points in the second quarter and the Kings beat Golden State, 120-107, to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a year. Beno Udrih added 20 points and had six assists for the Kings, who last won consecutive games on Nov. 7 and 9, 2008. Stephen Jackson scored 21 points and Corey Maggette had 20 for the Warriors.

* At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant's 28 points led the Lakers to a 104-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

Noteworthy

* San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has suffered a mild sprain to his left ankle and could be sidelined for a week. Parker rolled the ankle Friday night in the second quarter of a loss at Portland. He hurt the same ankle at the start of last season and missed 3 weeks.

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