PHOENIX -- John Wallace scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter and Penny Hardaway finished with a triple-double to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 109-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Wallace sparked a second-quarter burst that propelled the Suns from a 27-25 first-period deficit to a 58-51 halftime lead.
After that, the Suns never led by fewer than five points in beating the Nuggets for the first time in three meetings this season. Their biggest margin was the final score.
Hardaway, who hit the last two baskets of the game, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Rodney Rogers and Shawn Marion each scored 22 points for the Suns.