PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time in almost exactly two years the Phoenix Suns finally beat the Denver Nuggets.
Goran Dragic scored 21 points, making 4 of 5 3-pointers along the way, to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns snapped Denver's four-game winning streak 110-100 on Monday night.
The Suns had lost six straight to Denver since they last beat the Nuggets on Nov. 15, 2010.
"We've obviously struggled with that team over the past couple of years," Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said, "so to be able to get a win against them and be able to get a home was important. We had a lot of guys that stepped up."
Shannon Brown added 19 points, Michael Beasley 16 and Jared Dudley 15 for Phoenix. Markieff Morris added 13 points and had a crucial steal down the stretch. Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola added 12 points apiece for the Suns, who finished the game with a 13-4 run.
Andre Iguodala scored 17 for Denver. JaVale McGee added 16, pretty much all of them on thundering dunks, and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried scored 14 on 6-of-7 shooting but didn't take a shot in the second half.
Denver outshot Phoenix 54 percent to 46 percent but committed 15 turnovers, resulting in 17 points, while the Nuggets scored nine points off the Suns' six turnovers. Phoenix also prevailed at the foul line, going 17 of 21 to Denver's 11 of 18.
"They just did a good job of picking us apart on defense," Iguodala said. "We really couldn't get any stops. They had a couple of guys that just had it going. Defensively we've been a lot better the last four games and tonight we just had some mental lapses and coverages. We were too lax in letting them get wherever they wanted to go and we didn't disrupt them enough."
Phoenix even hung on the boards with the Nuggets, the NBA's leading rebound team. Denver outrebounded Phoenix 43-40 though the Suns had a 15-8 advantage on the offensive boards.
"That was the key to the game tonight," Dragic said. "Coach was telling us that in the (pregame) meeting — all five players, don't matter if you're a small guy, you have to go in there and get the rebound."
Dragic's 3-pointer from the top of the key put Phoenix ahead 100-96 with 3:14 to play. Ty Lawson's two free throws cut it to 100-98 just 14 seconds later, then Morris made two from the line and stole the ball from Lawson, leading to Brown's fastbreak layup that made it 104-98 with 2:31 remaining.