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Gerald Herbert, Associated Press
New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry (24) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns' Channing Frye (8), Jared Dudley (3) and Marcin Gortat (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.

NEW ORLEANS — Hakim Warrick scored 18 points in a reserve role, and the Phoenix Suns won for the first time this young season while handing the New Orleans Hornets their first loss, 93-78 on Friday night.

Channing Frye added 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Suns, who had opened the season with two losses, one to New Orleans in their home opener Monday night. Jared Dudley added 16 points, while Steve Nash dished out 12 assists.

Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon missed a second straight game with a bruised right knee, and this time New Orleans could not compensate for the prolific scorer's absence.

Carl Landry led New Orleans with 17 points, while Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 16 rebounds, but the Hornets shot only 29 percent (26 of 90).