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The Phoenix Suns traded away Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark in Saturday's blockbuster trade. Although what they got in return is possibly even more impressive - Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mikael Pietrus -  the team had to play without all of those players while awaiting their new arrivals. On what must have been some sort of old school turn back the clock night in Oklahoma City, it was the Suns who were able to get the better of the Thunder last night, winning a big road game 113-110.

Grant Hill led the way for Phoenix, as he scored a season high 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Steve Nash scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists. It was the first time that Hill scored 30 points or more since he dropped 39 as a member of the Orlando Magic against the Miami heat in 2005. He also grabbed 11 boards in that game.

The loss snapped the Thunder's five game winning streak, but they fought hard in this one, having trailed most of the game. Their key players may have gotten their points in the end, but they reverted back to their old ways a week or so ago and struggled to find their shot from the field. Oklahoma City shot just under 28 percent from the floor in the first half and under 43 for the game. The fact that they were even able to claw their way back into this one is something positive to take out of this loss.

Kevin Durant led the team with 28 points, but did so on just 8-19 from the field and 1-6 from behind the three point line. He did manage to shoot 11-14 from the free throw line. Russell Westbrook was very cold from the floor, hitting just 5-17 of his shots from the field, but also connecting on 9-11 from the charity stripe.

Nick Collison was the most pleasant surprise for the Thunder last night. In a losing effort, Collison managed to chip in with 19 points and 8 rebounds on 8-10 shooting. He is giving the team some valuable minutes coming off of the bench as of late.

The Thunder finished this four game home stretch 3-1 and now have an off night Monday before they hit the road for a brief two game road trip to the east. They will face the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night before traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. It will be their final two games before their Christmas night showdown with the Denver Nuggets. That will start their four game home stand to finish off the 2010 calendar year.

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