SEATTLE (AP) -- Steve Nash scored 23 points, Amare Stoudemire dominated inside with 26 points and the Phoenix Suns overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to beat the Seattle SuperSonics 110-98 on Wednesday night.
It was Phoenix's sixth straight win - its second longest streak this season - and pulled the Suns within a half game of New Orleans and the idle Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference.
But the bigger concern afterward for Phoenix was the health of Raja Bell, who injured his right ankle late in the third quarter after hitting his sixth 3-pointer. Bell's basket with 2:57 left in the third gave the Suns an 80-78 lead after Seattle had taken its first lead of the game.
Seattle's Kevin Durant ran out on Bell during the shot, and Bell's right foot landed on Durant's foot. Bell immediately fell to the court in pain and was helped off the floor by teammates. He did not return.
X-rays were negative and Suns' athletic trainer Aaron Nelson said Bell had a mild to moderate sprain, but how long Bell might be out won't be determined until Thursday.
Turns out, Bell's basket was the catalyst for the Suns' decisive surge. After Donyell Marshall gave Seattle a 78-77 lead with a pair of free throws, Bell's 3 started an 11-0 run by Phoenix, capped by Shaquille O'Neal's baseline leaner with 10:40 left that pushed the Suns advantage to 89-78.
Seattle briefly pulled within eight, before Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa combined to scored eight of the next 10 points to push the Suns' lead back to 14.
Bell had 20 points before getting injured, and Barbosa added 19 off the bench.
Jeff Green led Seattle with 19 points, and Durant and Luke Ridnour both scored 16. Those efforts couldn't keep Seattle from losing for the 13th time in its last 14 games.
At least this one wasn't embarrassing.
After giving up an NBA high 168 points to Denver in a 52-point loss to the Nuggets on Sunday night, the Sonics put up a fight in this one, bouncing back from an early 14-point deficit to take the lead in the third quarter.
With Nash, Bell and Barbosa showing no weariness after playing a night earlier in Portland, the Suns hit 11 of 13 3-pointers in the first half and 15 of 21 for the game.
But it was Stoudemire imposing himself down low in the fourth quarter that finally broke Seattle. Stoudemire scored 11 of his 26 in the final quarter.
Notes:@ Seattle reserve swingman Mickael Gelabale will have his sprained right knee re-examined on Thursday, but coach P.J. Carlesimo doesn't expect Gelabale to travel for two games this weekend. ... Phoenix swept the season series for the first time since the 1998-99 season. ... The Suns previous high for turnovers was 25 against Houston.
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