Nash Heroics Lifts Suns Over Bucks, 107-105

The Suns pulled off an impressive road win in a tough place to play on the second of a back-to-back. They blew a big lead but managed to come out on top thanks to the birthday boy, Steve Nash.

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Phoenix Suns Escape Milwaukee Bucks On Steve Nash Hero Shot, 107-105

More: Nash hits game winner on birthday

The Phoenix Suns went into Milwaukee and avenged the Arizona Diamondbacks playoff loss to the Brewers. It wasn't easy but it sure was fun as the Suns put up a great first half and had a 21-point lead but then needed some last-second heroics from Steve Nash, on his birthday, to get the win over the Bucks. The victory marks the first time this season the Suns have won three-straight.

The Suns built the big lead with a super strong performance from Michael Redd off the bench who dropped 10 points on his former team and lead the Suns to a 33-20 second quarter. The 67 points the Suns had at the half was a season-high.

But the Bucks don't quit. This team was down 18 to the Miami Heat recently and won that game and they used strong defense and three-point shooting to come all the way back to take a lead in the fourth quarter. That set up a thrilling back and forth finish.

With the game tied, Steve Nash ran the pick and roll and took the lane to the paint and finished a lay up with five ticks on the clock.

The Suns had six players in double-digits will Redd joining all five starters. Gortat's 21 paced the field with Nash adding 18 points and 11 assists.

The boys come home for a game Thursday against the Houston Rockets.

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Steve Nash, Greatest Phoenix Suns Player Ever?

If you thought the Steve Nash lovefest was complete after Seth's story extolling Nash's virtuoso performance so far this season, and Wil's respect for Nash the philanthropist, you were mistaken. Those things are all great, and appropriate as we celebrate the man on his birthday, but let's get down to business here. Steve Nash has had a tremendous playing career in Phoenix, and my position is that he's the franchise's best player ever.

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Phoenix Suns Vs. Milwaukee Bucks: TV Schedule, Lineups And Steve Nash Day

The Phoenix Suns (10-14) played one of their best games of the season Monday night. They dropped the hammer on a pretty good Hawks team in Atlanta no less. They played hard. They made shots (51.9% of them). They played defense (hold the Hawks to 39.3% shooting). It was kind of fun to watch and also a bit of tease of what a decent basketball team can do when things are rolling.

Now it's Tuesday and that same Suns team is in the frigid confines of Milwaukee to face the Bucks (10-13) after a long night of flying and a morning meeting at the team hotel that was invaded by a pink gorilla playing a guitar to celebrate Steve Nash's 38th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Head over to Bright Side for more Steve Nash Day celebrations.

Projected Lineups:

That Stephen Jackson guy, the one making $9m this year and $10m next year isn't really playing so much.

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Inaction Jackson. So when will we see Stephen Jackson on the court again? Who knows. Jackson did get on the court against Miami last week after Carlos Delfino's early foul trouble, but he's otherwise been notably absent from Scott Skiles' rotation for the better part of two weeks. The Jackson saga has surprisingly had little apparent(*) impact on the team's performance or chemistry, though it's not clear how long the Bucks can afford to keep Jackson rotting on the bench.

TV broadcast info:

The Suns game tips off at 6:00 p.m. Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona. Arizona Sports 620 radio. Bright Side of the Sun will have the live game thread.

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Phoenix Suns Outpaces Atlanta Hawks For 99-90 Victory

More: Post game analysis of Suns win over the Hawks

The Phoenix Suns used a pair of hot starts on Monday night to move past the Atlanta Hawks 99-90. With a few quick buckets to kick off both the first and third quarters, the Suns sent the Hawks to their third straight loss while securing their first two-game winning streak since Jan. 20th.

Steve Nash was brilliant on the floor, and he led all scores with 24 points and 11 assists. He hit on four-of-four of his three-point attempts and notched another double-double on the eve of his 38th birthday. Channing Frye (19 points), Jared Dudley (10 points) and Michael Redd (10 points) also scored in double digits as Phoenix barely missed out on a 100-plus point game. Josh Smith and Joe Johnson led the way for Atlanta with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

While the Suns surged in the first and third quarters, the Hawks owned the second and fourth. Atlanta threatened Phoenix's double-digit lead in the second quarter and cut the lead to four points before Nash hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Phoenix some breathing room.

The Hawks gave Phoenix another run near the end of the game when Atlanta closed to within 94-83. WIth the threat of a letdown looming, Frye stepped up and scored five straight points (which would turn out to be Phoenix's final points of the night) to halt Atlanta's momentum for good and give Phoenix a road victory.

The Suns now travel to Milwaukee for Tuesday's game against the Bucks with eyes on their first three-game win streak of the season. The game will also mark Michael Redd's return to his former team and Nash's 38th birthday.


Steve Nash Has Not Expressed Interest In Being Traded, According To Report

One of the many reasons the Phoenix Suns' faithful have loved Steve Nash for all these years is due to his loyalty. Even with all the changes the team has undergone and with so much talent coming through the desert only to leave for other teams (Joe Johnson, Amar'e Stoudemire), Nash has never wavered in his insistence that he wanted to finish his career with the team that made him a two-time MVP and a future Hall of Famer.

But at 37-years-old, Nash is winding down and the Suns would love nothing more to provide him with a chance to compete for a title. As currently constructed, the Suns aren't the team to do that for Nash so it puts Nash in an awkward position. Despite the Suns' struggles, Nash has yet to express an interest in being traded, league sources told CBS Sportsline. But the Suns have made it known that whatever Nash wants to do is what they'll do. Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer so letting the Suns know now that he would like to play for a contender will allow them to get something in return.

Either way, the ball is in Nash's court.


Phoenix Suns Vs. Atlanta Hawks: TV Schedule, Dudley's Return And More

The Phoenix Suns are in Atlanta to face the Hawks. Keep a sharp eye for the Channing Frye vs. Josh Smith battle.

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