With Bell Back, Suns Slip Past Magic, 110-106

Phoenix's bench is just three men deep in much-needed win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 5:37 AM CST
Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, right, is fouled by Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard, left, as Stoudemire attempted to shoot in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Phoenix Suns ended a two-game skid with last night's 110-106 victory over the better team from Florida, in part thanks to the return of Raja Bell. Bell drained four threes and ended with 20 points to help keep Phoenix on top despite Dwight Howard's boggling 30 points and 23 rebounds for Orlando, reports the Arizona Republic.

Although Hedo Turkoglu added 25 points and Rashard Lewis put up 18, the rest of the Magic stayed in the single digits. Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni, who put only eight men on the floor over the course of the game, saw six of them score at least 15. Steve Nash, with 15 points and 14 assists, missed his first free throw of the season.