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News » Around the league Playing without O'Neal, Phoenix wins at the end Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns went back to basics to win wit


Around the league Playing without O'Neal, Phoenix wins at the end Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns went back to basics to win wit


Around the league Playing without O'Neal, Phoenix wins at the end Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns went back to basics to win wit
Around the league Playing without O'Neal,

Phoenix wins at the end

Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns went back to basics to win without Shaquille O'Neal and spoil Scott Brooks' home debut as the Oklahoma City Thunder's head coach.

Nash switched into pre-O'Neal mode to guide Phoenix back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and Matt Barnes finished it off by hitting the game-winning three-pointer from the left wing with 25.7 seconds left as the Suns beat the Thunder 99-98 Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

"It sure looks like we're just a little too reliant on Shaq. We're just not quite comfortable playing without him the way we used to play because we spend so much time trying to incorporate him," Nash said, then referred to coach Terry Porter. "Terry's been working with us and trying to get us to get back to doing some of the things we used to do, things that we're good at, when he's not on the floor."

Amare Stoudemire finished with 22 points, Nash had 20 points and 15 assists and Barnes scored 16.

Phoenix, which got 11 points apiece from Robin Lopez and Boris Diaw, is continuing to adapt to Porter's coaching style and the addition of O'Neal late last season. He's planning to take days off in back-to-back games to preserve his health, and that only adds another situation for the Suns to figure out.

Randolph trade completed: The trade that sent former Blazer Zach Randolph from New York to the Los Angeles Clippers was completed, though Cuttino Mobley still wasn't available to play for the Knicks because of additional medical tests. The deal was made Friday but was hung up when the Knicks reportedly learned of a heart condition during Mobley's physical. Randolph was prevented from playing Monday night for the Clippers because of the delay. New York waived the physical requirement so the deal could be finalized.

-- From wire reports


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: November 27, 2008

 

 
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