Steve Nash had 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Alando Tucker scored all of his 14 points in the final period in the Phoenix Suns' 98-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.
Boris Diaw, who has started all six games for the Suns at center while Amare Stoudemire recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, had four points in 22 minutes. Grant Hill played just 11 minutes and had six points. It was the first time in six games during the preseason that the up-tempo Suns didn't score at least 100.
Jason Richardson led Charlotte with 23 points. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 12 rebounds after playing 15 scoreless minutes Saturday in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.Phoenix led 73-66 after three quarters. Coach Mike D'Antoni rested his starters in the fourth, but the Bobcats got no closer than four with just under nine minutes remaining.
MAVERICKS 103, HORNETS 97: At Dallas, Josh Howard scored 22 points and Devin Harris added 19 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a win over the New Orleans Hornets.
KINGS 111, BLAZERS 87: At Sacramento, Calif., Francisco Garcia scored 21 points, Kevin Martin added 20 and the Sacramento Kings pulled away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers.