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Beverley's 3 helps Rockets down Suns 115-112

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Beverley is not the first option for the Houston offense. In fact, he might be the fifth.

That didn't keep him from making the biggest shot of the night in the Rockets' 115-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Beverley's 3-pointer with 34.3 seconds to play put Houston ahead for good, then his two free throws with 20 seconds to go, the last of his 12 fourth-quarter points, helped seal the win.

"Patrick's not afraid at all," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "He just goes and plays."

Dwight Howard scored 25, James Harden 23 and Beverley 20 for the Rockets, who trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter but pulled out their ninth victory in 10 games.

Goran Dragic scored a career-high 35 against his former team, but missed what would have been the game-tying 3 at the buzzer. Gerald Green added 23, 18 in the third quarter, and Markieff Morris 21 for Phoenix.

Beverley, who scored 12 in the fourth, made two free throws that boosted Houston's lead to 113-110 with 20 seconds to go before Dragic scored on a layup to cut it to 113-112 with 14.7 seconds to play.

Donatas Motiejunas sank two free throws with 14.1 seconds left to put Houston up 115-112.

Beverley credited the pass from Harden that set up his big 3.

"I try to do the little things and shoot open shots," Beverley said. "We have to understand that teams lock in on James and Dwight and I was in the weak side corner and (Harden) made a phenomenal play. That was a big shot, but the way we defended in the fourth quarter really was the key to this game."

Phoenix's last lead was 110-108 on Morris' driving layup with 47.3 seconds remaining.

The Rockets scored four points in one possession when Marcus Morris was called for a questionable clear-path foul against Chandler Parsons with 6:16 to play.

"That play changed the game," the Suns' P.J. Tucker said.

Parsons made both free throws, then Harden sank a 19-footer to cut the Suns' lead to 98-96 with 5:54 to go.

Houston tied the game three times before Beverley's big shot put Houston up for good.

The Rockets dominated inside with a 64-42 advantage in points in the paint.

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