Suns 103, Kings 89

Steve Nash ended his big day with a big night.

The 36-year-old two-time league MVP had 28 points, 14 assists

and even seven rebounds on the day of the birth of his son, and the

Suns beat the Sacramento Kings in Phoenix for the 10th straight

time, 103-89 on Friday night.

Nash, whose wife Alejandra gave birth to Matteo Joel Nash early

Friday, made 11 of his first 12 shots and finished 13 for 18 to

lead Phoenix to its third win in four games and send the Kings to

their fourth loss in a row.

”We were the victim of a Hall of Fame player having a Hall of

Fame night,” Sacramento coach Paul Westphal said. ”Steve Nash was

unspeakably sensational.”

Hakim Warrick added 18 points for the Suns, most of them on

feeds from Nash.

”It’s like having that big brother out there just making

everything easy for you, and all you have to do is go out there and

finish,” said Warrick, acquired by the Suns in the offseason.

”And he takes control as the general out there. He saw that they

were out there blitzing and he makes adjustments just like a great

quarterback.”

Tyreke Evans had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for

the Kings. Carl Landry had 20 points and 11 boards. Beno Udrih

added 17 points.

Nash was gone from the locker room before reporters got in,

leaving others to speak about him.

”First of all, any time it’s the birth of a child you’re fired

up,” teammate Grant Hill said. ”He came out and hit his first

couple shots and you’re `OK, he’s going to be aggressive.”’

The Suns led by as many as 14 in the third quarter but it shrank

to 77-75 when Sacramento opened the fourth with a 7-0 spurt.

That’s when Nash re-entered the game.

Channing Frye made a 3-pointer to start a 15-5 run dominated by

the ageless Phoenix playmaker.

On consecutive possessions to end the run, Nash had a

three-point play, hit Warrick for a fast-break layup and lobbed one

above the rim to Jason Richardson for a dunk and Phoenix led 92-80

with 5:12 to play.

”I thought we played good,” said Evans, last season’s Rookie

of the Year and 15 years Nash’s junior. ”Nash was being Nash,

hitting shots in the lane, pull-ups. We couldn’t stop him tonight

and that was pretty much it.”

Nash made it clear he was in for a big night from the start with

10 points, six assists and four rebounds in the first quarter.

After sitting much of the second quarter, he finished the half

with consecutive mid-range jumpers to put Phoenix ahead 52-43 at

the break. The only blemish came at the free throw line, of all

places, where the No. 2 free throw shooter of all time missed two

of three.

The Suns opened the second half with seven straight points to

lead 59-45 on Nash’s 17-footer. The Kings, who dominated the

offensive boards 21-13 against their shorter opponent, battled back

and twice cut it to four in the quarter before Phoenix scored the

last five points to take a 77-68 lead into the fourth.

Nash had five assists after he came in the game the last

time.

”Nash was having an unbelievable night,” Landry said. ”He was

playing like – Steve Nash.”

Notes: Sacramento last won in Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2005. … This

was the only road contest in a nine-game stretch for the Kings. …

Nash and Alejandra have twin 6-year-old daughters Lola and Bella,

well known for their appearance on their dad’s lap at a postgame

news conference in last season’s Western Conference finals. …

Phoenix has won 12 of 13 overall against Sacramento and the last

six in a row. … Phoenix is 19-0 at home since the start of the

2007-08 season against divisional opponents not named the

Lakers.