Luis Scola scored 16 points, Patrick Patterson added 14 and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Phoenix Suns 96-89 on Thursday night.
Chase Budinger and Kyle Lowry each scored 12 points, as the Rockets used a 57-13 edge in scoring from their backups to win their third straight and fourth in five games.
Channing Frye, playing the entire second half, scored a season-high 21 points, and Marcin Gortat added 16 for the Suns, whose season-best three-game winning streak was snapped. Steve Nash, selected to his eighth All-Star Game earlier Thursday, scored 14 points on 7 for 7 shooting and added 13 assists.
The Rockets held the Suns to five field goals and 13 points in the fourth quarter and had 22 second-chance points to Phoenix's six.
Michael Redd scored on a layup with 8:14 remaining to give the Suns an 81-80 lead, but Jordan Hill hit a 17-footer and Courtney Lee added a pull-up jumper to give the Rockets the lead for good at 84-81 with 7:30 to go.
The Suns pulled to 92-89 on Gortat's...