Toronto 92, Phoenix 89

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TORONTO (TICKER) —A change of scenery did not help the slumping Phoenix Suns.

Antonio Davis sank a follow shot with 7.8 seconds left on his team’s third attempt of that possession and the rejuvenated Toronto Raptors slipped past the Suns, 92-89.

The Raptors were trailing, 89-88, with 14 seconds left when Vince Carter missed a long jumper and Morris Peterson’s putback was off-target.

But Davis, who finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, outjumped a pair of Suns and used his left hand to tip in Peterson’s miss. It was his fourth consecutive double-double.

“We don’t want it to come down to those situations,” Davis said. “I think the last few games, we learned something from coming out in the last possessions and communicating much better.”

“I missed it, but Antonio followed me up and made a big play,” Peterson said. “He did a great job for us, but everybody did. We came together when it counted, and that’s what we need.”

Stephon Marbury missed a driving layup at the other end and Davis added two free throws to seal the Raptors’ sixth win in seven games.

“I see Marbury coming down the lane and two or three guys are already there before I get there,” Davis said. “That shows me we are learning from our mistakes.”

Marbury scored 22 points and rookie Amare Stoudemire 14 for the Suns, who were starting a four-game road trip after losing three of four at home.

“It was a very tough loss,” Marbury said. “Anytime you have a team down on the road, you’ve got the opportunity to win the game. … There’s no such thing as `We had it,’ or `We’re going to win.’ Until the clock stops, the game isn’t over.”

Davis went 9-of-12 from the field to pace the Raptors’ 46.5 percent (40-of-86) effort from the field. Reserve Michael Bradley, who missed the previous three games with a sore lower back, contributed eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.

“Michael Bradley gave us a great game off the bench,” Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said.

After Marbury’s bucket with 6:10 to play gave the Suns an 81-71 advantage, Bradley began Toronto’s 10-0 surge with a lay-in, then capped it with a reverse layup that evened the game at 81-81 with 3:10 left.

The lead changed hands three times before goaltending was called on a jumper by Stoudemire with 30 seconds to go. The bucket gave the Suns an 89-88 edge with 30 seconds to go and set up Davis’ game-winner.

Jerome Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Peterson added 14 points and Carter was held to 13 and eight boards for the Raptors, who enjoyed a 53-46 rebounding advantage and dished out 28 assists to Phoenix’s 15.

The 53 boards matched a season high for Toronto.

“We came out there with a conscious effort to concentrate on the glass,” Bradley said.

The Suns took a 31-24 lead after one period and held a 46-43 halftime advantage, but the Raptors surged in front, 68-64, after three quarters.

A dunk by Stoudemire 44 seconds into the final period sparked a 17-3 run by Phoenix.

Benched for the start of the game for breaking an undisclosed team rule, Stoudemire went 5-of-11 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Jake Voskuhl scored 14 points and Bo Outlaw had 10 for the Suns, who shot just 36 percent (33-of-91) from the floor.

Phoenix forward Shawn Marion, who averaged 26 points in his previous five games, was held to eight on 3-of-19 shooting.

“That’s the worst I ever shot,” Marion said. “It happens, that’s basketball. Sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don’t.”

Tom Gugliotta scored two points in four minutes for the Suns. It was his first action after missing 44 games with a stress fracture in his right foot.

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7-23,  22 Pts
2 Rebs, 6 Assists
A. Davis A. Davis
9-12,  22 Pts
12 Rebs, 4 Assists

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