PHOENIX – Shawn Marion scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for his ninth double-double in 10 games this season, Steve Nash added 23 points and nine assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the woeful Toronto Raptors 90-82.

In winning consecutive home games for the first time this season, the Suns improved to 5-5. Toronto, which lost its first nine games before beating Miami, fell to 1-10.

Reserves Eddie House added 14 points and Boris Diaw had 11 for the Suns, who finished with their lowest point total of the season.

Chris Bosh led Toronto with 23 points, but missed his eighth consecutive double-double by grabbing only eight rebounds. Mike James had 13 points for Toronto and Matt Bonner scored 12.

Phoenix didn’t break open the game until late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 77-76, the Suns ran off 12 straight points, six each by Marion and Nash, for an 88-77 lead.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half and combined for 21 turnovers. The Suns, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league, were 0-for-12 from that range but still led 42-38 at the break.

Marion, Bosh and Jalen Rose played the best in the first half. With more than three minutes still remaining in the half, Marion already had a double-double, finishing the second period with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nash had 10 points, but seven turnovers.

Bosh, maneuvering well down low, had 12 points and five rebounds, while Rose scored 10 points.

The Raptors scored the game’s first eight points and built a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but the Suns rallied to tie it at 18 by the end of the period. Marion’s 10 points helped the Suns take a 38-27 lead in the second quarter, but two baskets each by Rose and Bosh helped whittle the deficit to four points by halftime.

Toronto battled back in the third quarter and regained the lead at the end of the period, 63-61, with the aid of 11 points by Bosh and seven by James. The Suns finally got a 3-pointer, from Nash, after missing their first 15 from beyond the arc, but were 1-for-18 by the end of the period.

Notes: The Suns used their fourth different starting lineup this season, with Jim Jackson replacing the injured Leandro Barbosa; last season, they used only seven different starting lineups en route to a league-leading 62 victories. … Phoenix’s home court, which has been renamed US Airways Center – after being American West Arena since 1992 – will be officially converted in January, when remodeling plans are completed. … Jackson started three games last season – all victories – and averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists; Tuesday night, he scored four points. … Barbosa will miss another 2-3 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. … The Suns said that Dick Van Arsdale, 62, the team’s senior executive vice president, who suffered a stroke last week, was recovering very well.

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