HOUSTON – Shawn Marion and James Jones each scored 19 points and the Phoenix Suns found their 3-point shooting touch in a 100-88 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

After hitting only 8-of-42 from 3-point range the previous two games, Phoenix shot 14-of-27 from behind the arc Wednesday for a season-high 3-point total. Jones was 5-of-9.

The Rockets, who have lost five straight, played without Tracy McGrady, who missed his third straight game and sixth overall with back problems. He’s day-to-day.

Derek Anderson led Houston with 23 points.

Rockets rookie Luther Head had his second straight strong game with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. He scored his career high of 28 Tuesday against Dallas.

After trailing by 10 at the half, Houston went on a 13-3 run early in the third quarter to tie the game at 63. But the Rockets were outscored 9-0 the next 3:57 as Phoenix opened a 72-63 lead.

The Suns took a 75-65 lead after three quarters.

Phoenix jumped to an early 19-7 lead as Nash and Marion each scored seven. The Suns led 25-19 after the first quarter, with Houston shooting only 26 percent (7-of-27) from the field.

Marion had 14 at the half as Phoenix led 56-46.

Notes: Houston is 0-6 in games without McGrady this season. … The home team has lost the last six games in this series. … Phoenix is 3-1 on the road.

AP-ES-11-23-05 2204EST


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