Stoudemire, Nash carry Suns past Rockets in OT

HOUSTON (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 36 points, Steve Nash handed out 16 assists and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 115-111 in overtime on Sunday night.

Nash scored 11 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds, and Grant Hill added 19 points for the Suns, who snapped a five-game road losing streak. Phoenix has won nine of its last 12 games in Houston.

Aaron Brooks scored 24 points after shooting poorly in the first half and Trevor Ariza had 21 for the Rockets, who've lost five of their last eight games.

The Rockets overcame poor shooting with stingy defense to make it close at the end.

Brooks hit a pull-up jumper with 1:18 left in regulation to cut the Suns' lead to 97-96. Nash was called for a technical foul, claiming Brooks pushed off before the shot. Brooks sank the resulting free throw to tie it, but Nash sank a 3-pointer with 1:08 to go for a 100-97 Suns' lead.

Ariza tied it with a 3-pointer from the corner with 11.3 seconds remaining. Nash fell as he threw up a last-second shot that came up short at the buzzer.

Stoudemire fouled out with 3:08 left in the overtime and the scored tied at 104. Jason Richardson finished a fast break with a layup, then scored again off a set play as the Suns took a 111-107 lead.

Brooks hit a free throw and Scola scored in the lane to pull Houston within one. Jared Dudley sank two free throws with 5.3 seconds left, and the Suns fouled Brooks before he could shoot a tying 3.

Brooks made the first free throw, then was called for a lane violation when he threw the ball off the rim and tried to get his own rebound. Nash hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to clinch the victory.

The Suns won a road game for the first time since Jan. 5.

The Rockets missed 14 of their first 16 shots and trailed by 13. Chase Budinger's driving layup with 4:24 left in the first quarter snapped Houston's 6-minute scoring drought, but Richardson immediately dunked an alley-oop pass from Hill for a 21-8 lead.

Phoenix stretched the lead to 18 in the second quarter, as Houston's starters continued to misfire. Brooks, coming off a 33-point game against Portland on Friday, went 1 for 7 from the field in the first half. Scola and Shane Battier both went 2 for 7.

Hill and Stoudemire scored 17 points apiece in the first half, and Phoenix led 60-48 at the break.

Stoudemire swished three jumpers from the top of the key early in the third quarter, but the Rockets tightened their defense and mounted a 16-2 run. Brooks sank back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 68-67, and Scola tipped in Ariza's miss to put the Rockets up by one.

Nash delivered five assists in the final three minutes of the third quarter, and Phoenix took a 79-73 lead to the fourth.

NOTES: The Rockets have played 16 consecutive games decided by 10 points or fewer. ... Stoudemire has 16 double-doubles this season. ... G Will Conroy, recalled from the Rockets' developmental league affiliate on Thursday, made his Houston debut in the first quarter. Conroy replaced regular backup point guard Kyle Lowry, who's out at least a week with a sprained left knee. ... The Rockets went 11 for 34 from 3-point range, a season high for attempts.