Nash's 17 assists help Suns rout Bucks 109-93

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 8 2012 9:53 p.m. MST

Phoenix turned the game into a rout with a 17-4 third-quarter outburst, capped by Dudley's 17-footer that put the Suns up 87-60 with 3½ minutes left in the quarter. Nash had three straight assists in the run — for a layup by Gortat, a three-point play by Hill and Hill's 3-pointer.

Nash went to the bench for good with 2:56 left in the third quarter and his team leading 87-62. It was the second game in a row in which he was able to sit out the final quarter. He made all seven of his shots and had nine assists in Friday night's win over Portland.

"First of all, I have to say, 'Let's not get excited,'" Gortat said. "This is just two games and right now we are playing good basketball."

Notes: Four players in the game — Robin Lopez and Morris of the Suns and Brandon Jennings and Ilyasova of Milwaukee — were not born the last time the Bucks won in Phoenix. ... The 24-game home streak for Phoenix matched a franchise record set against Sacramento from 1988-98. ... The Bucks trailed at halftime for only the second time this season.

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