Harris' 47 points lead Nets over Suns

November 30, 2008 8:06:50 PM PST
Devin Harris scored a career-high 47 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the New Jersey Nets ended their 14-game losing streak at Phoenix by rallying to beat the Suns 117-109 Sunday night. The Nets had not won at US Airways Center since their first visit in 1993, but they used a late run to overcome the Suns.

With Harris becoming the second player in two games to score more than 40 against the Suns - Miami's Dwyane Wade had 43 Friday night - the Nets scored their second road victory in two nights, after beating Utah on Saturday.

Harris, whose previous high was 38, hit 14 of 25 field goals and 17 of 17 free throws in a dazzling performance.

For the second straight game, the Suns were turnover prone. They committed 22 turnovers, leading to 33 New Jersey points.

Vince Carter added 28 points for New Jersey, Yi Jianlian had 14 and Brook Lopez 12.

Steve Nash, who missed Friday's game because of a thigh contusion, led the Suns with 26 points and nine assists. Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected with his second technical foul with 3:24 remaining and Phoenix leading 100-98. Matt Barnes had 18 points.

Harris put the Nets ahead for good 102-100 with a basket with 2:11 remaining. New Jersey finished the fourth quarter with 43 points, overcoming an 11-point deficit starting the period.

The Suns started much more aggressively than in their home loss to Miami on Friday night - called the worst game of the season by coach Terry Porter - and built a 23-11 lead after the opening 6:18.

By the end of the first quarter, the Suns had set a season high for points in the opening period, leading 35-24. Barnes was a big factor in the period, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

But the Nets, spurred by Harris' 12 points, went on a 20-7 surge midway through the second quarter and took a 50-48 lead on a 16-foot turnaround jumper by Harris. However, the Suns responded with a 9-0 burst, triggered by a 3-pointer by Bell, a slam by Robin Lopez and two field goals by Nash, and went to intermission with a 62-56 lead.

Harris finished the half with 21 points and Carter had 14, but the Suns had four players in double figures, topped by Stoudemire's 15.

Phoenix padded its lead to 11 points after three periods as Stoudemire continued to torment the Nets' defense with an assortment of shots, scoring eight of the Suns' 23 points in the quarter. Only six turnovers prevented the Suns from building a bigger advantage.

Meanwhile, the Suns kept Harris in check, allowing him only five points.