Nash lifts Suns past Jazz, 107-105

Published April 5, 2012 3:45AM (EDT)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Steve Nash scored only 13 points but hit two shots in the final 14 seconds and the Phoenix Suns won their seventh straight meeting against Utah, 107-105 on Wednesday night to jump over the Jazz in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Suns (28-26) are in ninth place, a half-game ahead of the Jazz (28-27) and a game behind Denver, which lost Wednesday at New Orleans, and idle Houston. Phoenix also owns the tiebreaker with the Jazz.

Paul Millsap led Utah with 25 points and had a chance to force overtime, but his putback came just after the buzzer.

Michael Redd led the Suns with 19 points. Redd and Sebastian Telfair combined for 14 points during a 14-2 run fourth-quarter run that put Phoenix up 97-87 with 6:43 remaining.

Millsap brought Utah back, even stealing the ball from Nash. Nash made amends, hitting the winner with 1.7 seconds left.

By Salon Staff

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