March 15, 2009
NBA: Phoenix, 106, Oklahoma City 95
Leandro Barbosa had 22 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, Saturday to lead Phoenix to a 106-95 win over Oklahoma City, ending a six-game Suns losing streak.
Steve Nash -- who committed seven turnovers -- finished with 18 points and eight assists, and Grant Hill had 16 points and eight boards for Phoenix, which has won nine straight games against the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise. Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and Matt Barnes scored 10.Kevin Durant -- back in action following a seven-game layoff due to an ankle injury -- led the Thunder with 22 points. Russell Westbrook had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists but he also turned the ball over eight times for Oklahoma City, which won five of the seven games it played without Durant.
The game was tied 72-72 late in the third quarter when Hill connected on a jumper to put the Suns ahead for the first time in the game. Barbosa ran off eight points, capping the spree with a pair of 3-pointers, to put Phoenix ahead 96-87 with 4:12 left to play.