Jason Richardson scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night to help the Phoenix Suns finally pull away for a 118-94 victory over New Jersey, dropping the Nets to 0-17 against the West.
Seven-foot twins Robin Lopez of the Suns and Brook of the Nets started against each other for the first time in their two NBA seasons. Robin set a career best for the second time in two games with 20 points. Brook led New Jersey with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Amare Stoudemire scored 27 for Phoenix on 10-of-15 shooting. Steve Nash added 12 points and 15 assists for the Suns, who were coming off an 0-4 road trip and happy to welcome the Nets, now 3-38, to town.
For the second game in a row, Suns coach Alvin Gentry started Lopez instead of Channing Frye and Leandro Barbosa ahead of Richardson.
The Nets used an 18-4 run to take a 40-36 lead in front of a quiet crowd, but Nash and Lopez returned to the Suns lineup and Phoenix regained control.
Phoenix outscored New Jersey 10-3 over the final three minutes of the half to lead 56-49 at the break.
The Nets' Lopez, who had 18 points in the second half, had five in a row to cut the Phoenix lead to 11 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, but Stoudemire sank a 20-footer with 0.6 seconds left to put the Suns ahead 90-77 entering the fourth.
A 14-5 run gave Phoenix a 111-89 lead after Robin Lopez's layup with 2:34 left. Stoudemire, who scored 13 in the third quarter on 5-of-6 shooting, played only two minutes in the fourth quarter and Nash not at all.
NOTES: The Suns' Grant Hill cut his chin in the third quarter, requiring four stitches. ... Phoenix has lost 11 of its last 12 on the road but is 16-4 at home. ... The game matched the NBA's highest (Phoenix 109.7) and lowest (New Jersey 90.2) scoring teams. ... Phoenix recalled rookie Taylor Griffin from Iowa of the NBA Development League. ... The Suns' Jarron Collins started against twin brother Jason three times, most recently Jan. 23, 2006.
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