Hakeem Warrick and Vince Carter scored 32 points each Tuesday as the Phoenix Suns edged the Houston Rockets 113-110 at US Airways Center. It was a career night for Warrick, who was filling in for the injured Channing Frye, out two to three weeks after dislocating his shoulder in a game against Oklahoma City.
Marcin Gortat had a game-high 16 rebounds, and Steve Nash had a game-high 14 assists in the win. Warrick added eight rebounds in his huge night.
With the win, the Suns moved their record to 33-29, which is 1.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who currently hold the eighth and final Western Conference playoff bid. The Suns now have 20 games (all but two of which are against Western Conference teams) to catch the Grizzlies.
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Next up for the Suns is a home game Thursday against the Denver Nuggets (37-27), who recently traded away star Carmelo Anthony. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. TV: TNT. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.suns.com.