Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/2/13
PHOENIX – Luis Scola notched his third consecutive 20-point game with 21 points and added nine assists and Shannon Brown added 12 key points off the bench as the Phoenix Suns snapped a six-game losing streak with a 96-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Goran Dragic added 20 points and six assists for the Suns and his 11-footer with 18.8 seconds to play gave Phoenix a 95-87 lead to put the game away. The Suns lost seven in a row earlier this year and won for just the fifth time in their last 18 games. Jrue Holiday, who had 33 points and 13 assists in a Sixers win over the Suns in Philadelphia on Nov. 25, notched his second career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young added 14 each. But the Sixers led for only the first 55 seconds of the second half and couldn't follow up Tuesday's win over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a win over the skidding Suns. With P.J. Tucker starting for a second consecutive game over Brown, the Suns put up a 31-point first quarter and ended the period on an 11-4 run, with five straight points from Markieff Morris including a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left giving Phoenix a 31-24 lead. But the Sixers feasted on the Phoenix bench to open the second quarter, using their speed to forced turnovers, turn them into easy baskets and reel off with a 17-6 run. Nick Young had a pair of 3-pointers during the run, the second coming 26 seconds after Wright's three to give Philadelphia a 41-37 lead with 5:22 left. The team traded baskets for the rest of the half, with Jason Richardson's driving layup with eight-tenths of a second left giving the Sixers a 49-48 edge at intermission. Holiday continued to rack up the statistics in the third quarter but the Phoenix starters -- plus Brown -- played extended minutes again in the third quarter to gain control. Brown had three jumpers in the final 3:11 of the period during a 15-7 run to close to quarter and give the Suns a 75-66 lead. NOTES: Suns coach Alvin Gentry stuck with Tucker over Brown in the starting lineup for a second consecutive game after seeing good early results in Monday's loss at Oklahoma City. ... Irving had 33 points and 13 assists in a 104-101 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 25. Gentry had nothing but praise for Holiday, who the Suns passed on in favor of the now departed Earl Clark in 2009. "He's flown under the radar a little but he's in that group with (Cleveland's) Kyrie Irving and he's a tremendous defensive player, especially on the ball." ... Jan. 2 has been a big day for the Suns in the past. In 2001, Tony Delk scored 53 points against Sacramento, the third highest total in franchise history behind 60- and 56-point efforts from Tom Chambers in 1990. And in 2006, Steve Nash had a career-high 22 assists -- two shy of Kevin Johnson's franchise record -- against the New York Knicks. ... The Suns haven't been 10 games under .500 since finishing the 2003-04 season 29-53.
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