Mar. 14, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) is high fived while playing against the Utah Jazz during the first half at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Suns Beat Pistons 109-101, Now Are 9th Seed In West

Phoenix joins Thunder, Heat and Bulls as only teams to win back-to-back-to-back games.

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NBA Standings 2012: Suns Move To 9th Place In West, Face Tough Schedule Ahead

As the Phoenix Suns continue to roll with their eighth victory in their last ten games against the Pistons Friday night, Steve Nash and Co. have moved themselves into the 9th seed in the Western Conference, trying their hardest to make it into the second season in 2012. Their 22-22 record leaves them only a game and a half behind the Houston Rockets for the 8th spot, who they just so happen to play Sunday evening.

The Suns schedule certainly isn't going to get any easier with meetings with Miami, Orlando, Indiana and the Los Angeles Clippers on their upcoming docket, up they luckily have this momentum to help them push towards the playoffs this season.

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 44 33-11 .750
San Antonio Spurs 43 29-14 .674
Los Angeles Lakers 44 28-16 .636
Los Angeles Clippers 43 25-18 .581
Memphis Grizzlies 42 24-18 .571
Dallas Mavericks 46 26-20 .565
Denver Nuggets 45 25-20 .556
Houston Rockets 45 24-21 .533
Phoenix Suns 44 22-22 .500
Utah Jazz 44 22-22 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 45 22-23 .489
Portland Trail Blazers 44 21-23 .477
Golden State Warriors 42 18-24 .429
Sacramento Kings 44 15-29 .341
New Orleans Hornets 45 11-34 .244

Suns Schedule

Next 5 Games

Houston Sun 03/18 6:00 PM MST
@ Miami Tue 03/20 4:30 PM MST
@ Orlando Wed 03/21 4:00 PM MST
@ Indiana Fri 03/23 4:00 PM MST
@ Cleveland Sun 03/25 12:00 PM MST

Last 5 Games

Detroit Fri 03/16 7:00 PM MST
@ Los Angeles Clippers Thu 03/15 W 91 - 87
Utah Wed 03/14 W 120 - 111
Minnesota Mon 03/12 L 124 - 127
Memphis Sat 03/10 W 98 - 91

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Phoenix Suns Complete 3 Wins In 3 Nights, Beat Pistons 109-101

The Phoenix Suns pulled off what would have been thought impossible, playing three games in three nights, one without Steve Nash and Grant Hill, and pull off three victories. After falling behind as much as seven and playing sluggishly in the second quarter with the bench on the floor, the Phoenix Suns beat the Detroit Pistons 109-101 on Friday night.

Phoenix came out with impressive energy in the first quarter and built a 31-27 lead. However, the second quarter they did not play well and allowed 32 points, and entered the half down five.

The second half, though, despite tired legs, the Suns battled back and got a balanced scoring effort, as six players -- Grant Hill, Channing Frye, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Robin Lopez and Michael Redd -- scored in double figures, led by Dudley's 23.

Perhaps, though, the key player down the stretch was Robin Lopez, who played the entire fourth quarter and scored 10 of his 14 in the final 12 minutes.

The Suns became one of four teams -- along with the Heat, Thunder and Bulls -- to win three games in three nights. The also evened their record at 22-22 on the season. Plus, with the Lakers' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, they passed another team and stand as the number nine seed in the West.

Channing Frye shot poorly, but had 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.

For Detroit, Rodney Stuckey led the way with 23 points.

Next up for the Suns are the Houston Rockets on Sunday, a team they trail in the playoff race.


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