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Matt York, Associated Press
Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) drives against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns are a shadow of the frenetic scoring machine they were a few years ago. Maybe that makes the season Steve Nash is having all the more impressive.

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Not surrounded by an abundance of talent, on a team that stood 12-18 going into Friday night's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles, Nash leads the league in assists at 10.7 and is the top shooter among guards at 56 percent. That's third overall among players at any position.

Not bad for someone just past his 38th birthday.

Suns president for basketball operations Lon Babby says that when people tell him Nash is playing great for someone 38 years old, he tells them that Nash is playing great — period.