Red hot Suns beat Nets

November 4, 2008 7:16:53 PM PST
Raja Bell hit all six of his 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns shot 63 percent from the field in beating the New Jersey Nets 114-86 on Tuesday night. Steve Nash added 12 points and 11 assists, Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and six rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 14 points as the Suns won for the third time in four games.

Vince Carter had 19 points and Yi Jianlian added 15 and eight rebounds for the Nets, who lost their second straight game.

The only thing that kept the game interesting and close was the Suns' 20 turnovers and election updates during timeouts.

The New York metropolitan area crowd was decidedly pro Barack Obama, cheering wildly each time he either won a state or his electoral college lead was posted. John McCain wins were greeted with boos.

For the game, the Suns were 43-of-68 from the field, and 12-of-18 from 3-point range. The Nets shot 34 percent, hitting 28 of 83 shots.

Phoenix never trailed, scoring the first seven points with Bell and Matt Barnes each hitting 3-pointers.

New Jersey, which trailed by 11 points in the opening minutes, got within three points late in the first quarter before Grant Hill pushed the lead to five with a short runner.

The second quarter followed the same script with Boris Diaw and Nash hitting a short shot and layup, respectively, in the final minute to give Phoenix a 65-55 lead.

The Suns blew the game open in the third quarter as O'Neal, who was 7-of-9 from the field, scored 10 points, while Nash added seven points, three assists and two rebounds to push the lead to 92-77. Bell, who was 7-of-9 from the field, hit his final three 3-pointers in the quarter.

The game was also the first pro matchup between the Lopez twins - Brook of the Nets and Robin of the Suns. Both finished with two points, combining for 2-of-10 shooting from the field.

Notes: Nets F Sean Williams made his season debut in the second quarter and scored 16 seconds later. ... Suns swingman Alando Tucker had successful arthroscopic knee surgery. He will be sidelined about four weeks.