ATLANTA – Jason Richardson scored 21 points, Steve Nash added 19 and the Phoenix Suns held off Atlanta’s second-half comeback to beat the Hawks 118-114 on Sunday.
The Hawks suffered their first loss after a 6-0 start.
There were four ties in the fourth quarter but the Hawks, who trailed by 18 in the third period, could not take the lead.
Nash, who had 15 assists, made four free throws in the final 7 seconds to protect the lead.
Joe Johnson had 34 points and Al Horford added 30 – one shy of his career high – for Atlanta. Johnson and Horford each set season scoring highs.