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Suns Melt the Mile High Nuggets

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Bhavik DarjiCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

In what was a nail biter, the Suns came away with a much needed victory as the final score was 118-115.

Denver, who came in 45-25, got their five game winning streak snapped by the Suns who now stand 39-31 and have won five in a row. They are currently three games behind the Mavs.

The Suns started out 9-2 and, a short while after that, became 21-11. Don't count the Nuggets out though, they fought back and ended the quarter with the Suns leading 29-22.

The second quarter really got to the Nuggets. They once got into their old habits, all the offence in the world, but with no D. Luckily the Suns played the same and the score at half was 63-60 Suns.

The Nuggets went out and had a 19-6 run in the third quarter to then be stopped by Grant Hill who had an outstanding game and finished with a double double (23 points 10 rebounds 5 assists).

With some feisty defence, in which some could argue best of the season, midway in the third and a crowd of 18, 442 it really got to the Nuggets. Nene was thrown out of the game after somewhat elbowing Louis Admunson. In deep water early due to foul trouble, Nene only played 21 minutes and contributed 10 points.

Through the dying minutes of the fourth quarter the Suns rallied for a furious come back but to only be stopped by Melo's three pointer and a tongue sticking out. It was a free throw shooting game from there and the Nuggets fell to 45-26.

The Frost Bite:

Kenyon martin feel awkwardly on his ankle, but has returned to the game.

Alvin Gentry and Carmelo Anthony were both hit with technicals.

The Suns had eight turnovers in the last two games...12 at half.

Nash went 4/4 before missing a fade away.

Oneal was 5/5 from the line before missing a free throw.

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