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PHOENIX -- Luis Scola and the Phoenix Suns have watched a lot of late leads vanish. On Wednesday, they found a way to hold on. Scola scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and the Suns beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-89 to snap a six-game losing streak. "Its only one win but we needed one win," Scola said. Phoenix, which leads the NBA with nine games decided by three points or fewer, led by nine entering the fourth and pushed the lead to 11, before the 76ers cut the lead to two. Jrue Holliday found Dorell Wright breaking down the left baseline from halfcourt for an alley-oop layup that pulled the 76ers within 87-85 with 2:16 to go. Goran Dragic made a pair of free throws, P.J. Tucker hit a 16-footer and the 76ers turned the ball over twice over the next minute as the Suns opened a 91-85 lead. "We do that regularly," Scola said. "The difference this time is we let a team get to two but we closed out the game. If we had been able to close (more) our record would be much better." Dragic added 20, Shannon Brown scored 12, and Marcin Gortat had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns. "Games are going to be close," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "Were not going to be up seven and then up 20. Thats just not going to happen." Holliday had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double for the 76ers, who are 2-7 in the second half of back-to-back games. Wright and Thaddeus Young had 14 points apiece for Philadelphia. "I thought that once the third quarter started and they got a little bit of a lead, I thought they had control of the game," said 76ers coach Doug Collins. "We looked up and we had a chance but we never came up with a big rebound." The Suns played the second half without backup point guard Sebastian Telfair, who was shut down after halftime with soreness in his left knee. Phoenix led by seven after the first but quickly fell into its normal second-quarter lull. Nick Young had a pair of 3-pointers and Wright added five points as the 76ers outscored the Suns 17-6 to start the period and open a 41-37 lead. But it was Philadelphia that came out cold in the second half. Scola had consecutive baskets and Jared Dudley added a 21-foot jumper to key an 8-2 run that put the Suns ahead 56-51 with 9:38 left in the third quarter. Lavoy Allen cut the lead to 60-59 on a 19-footer with 6:34 left in the period but the 76ers could pull no closer. "I think tonight we turned the ball over when we didnt need to," Holliday said. "I can say I did. And the loose balls we needed to get, we didnt do that." NOTES: Scola has scored 20 or more in three straight games. ... Phoenix has won five of its past seven at home. . The Sixers are six games into a season-high, eight-game holiday road trip. ... Phoenix beat Philadelphia for the first time since February 24, 2010. ... Dragic had a career-high three blocks, as many as the 76ers as a team. . More than 1,200 Kansas State fans, in town for Thursdays Fiesta Bowl against Oregon, were in the arena and were chanting for former Wildcat Michael Beasley to enter the game. They also booed Suns forward Markieff Morris, who played at Kansas. Stephen Curry Red Jersey . Woods is a seven-time winner at Torrey Pines as a pro, including the U.S. Open in 2008. Golden State Warriors Jersey . The team said Friday that Doug Brocail will return as pitching coach and the team is bringing back Dave Clark. . Frank Francisco walked a pair of batters with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, then gave up a two-run double to Martin Prado that put the potential tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second. Klay Thompson Jersey . -- Washington Redskins two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker are out for the season with injuries. Stephen Curry Womens Jersey . In reality, he might be having the biggest season of them all. Rios hit his second homer of the game, connecting for a two-run shot in the 10th inning Friday night that lifted the White Sox over the Los Angeles Angels 8-6.EUGENE, Ore. -- Three games into the season and No. 4 Oregon still has plenty of work to do, at least according to coach Chip Kelly. The Ducks rolled past lower-division Tennessee Tech 63-14 on Saturday. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before the starters were pulled. Multitalented DeAnthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards on 10 touches. He ran for a 59-yard touchdown and caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota. And while the Ducks piled up 652 yards in total offence compared to the Golden Eagles 177 yards, Oregon had an uncharacteristic 12 penalties for 105 yards. "Theres a lot of stuff to teach from this game," Kelly said. "But its always easier to teach off a win than a loss." The Ducks (3-0) were playing their final nonconference game before hosting Arizona next Saturday. They have barely been tested so far, jumping out to big leads in wins against Arkansas State and Fresno State. The Golden Eagles (2-1) have never defeated an FBS-level team in 28 tries. The game against the Ducks was the Ohio Valley Conference teams first against a Pac-12 opponent. Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown thought that his team got some valuable experience. "Im proud of my kids. We always go and we always fight our hearts out and give it our best. Its bittersweet because you know coming in youve got a tough road . but at the same time, I think we get a lot out of it," Brown said. DaRick Rogers, who transferred to Tennessee Tech from Tennessee right before the season started, had three catches for 38 yards and the first touchdown of the game. He took a short pass from Tre Lamb and ran for a 23-yard TD. Rogers was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee on Aug. 23. He told reporters it was because of failed drug tests. He was a first-team all-SEC receiver in 2011, with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for the Volunteers. He faced Oregon when the Ducks visited Knoxville in 2010, finishing with a carry for 21 yards in Oregons 48-13 victory. The Ducks quickly answered Rogers TD with Kenjon Barners 1-yard scoring run and Thomas 59-yard touchdown sprint. On Oregons next series, Thomas had a 49-yard run that appeared to be an easy touchdown, but he was caught from behind by Tennessee Techs DaJuan Brown and fumbled. Ducks right tackle Jake Fisher pounced on it for the 1-yard touchdown to make it 21-7. "Its a teachable moment for me," said Thomas, who is already getting some Heisman buzz. "Youve got to finishh to the finish line, like its a track meet.dddddddddddd" Oregon further padded the lead with Mariotas 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Colt Lyerla, but Rob Beards attempt at a 25-yard field goal was blocked. Thomas pulled down his 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota as the first half ended to give the Ducks a 35-7 lead. Mariota found Keanon Lowe with a 3-yard touchdown early in the third quarter before Oregon subbed out many of its starters. Backup Bryan Bennett had a 4-yard run to make it 49-7. Tennessee Tech scored on Darian Stones 6-yard pass to Doug Page but Bennett added a 6-yard keeper to make it 56-14 at the end of the third quarter. True freshman Byron Marshall ran for a 4-yard score in the final quarter. Marshall finished with 125 yards rushing in the game. Lamb, who started for the Golden Eagles and played until midway through the third quarter, completed eight of 13 passes for 46 yards and the TD to Rogers. He threw one interception and was sacked five times. "Thats football. Thats what happens when you play quarterback in a spread offence. Youre going to get hit after you throw, youre going to get hit while you throw and youre going to get hit when youre running the ball," he said. In addition to the penalties, Oregon had three fumbles, including one for a loss, and Mariota and Bennett were each intercepted once. "When we turn the ball over -- were not supposed to do that. When we have penalties -- were not supposed to do that," Kelly said. "Luckily today it didnt come back and rear its ugly head." Kelly called the Ducks "a work in progress." The victory capped a difficult week for Oregon, which was hit by the loss of two of its senior leaders, free safety John Boyett and guard Carson York. Boyett told his hometown newspaper that he needed surgery to repair patellar tendons in both knees. The injury will end his career with the Ducks unless Oregon successfully petitions the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility. York hurt his right kneecap during Oregons 42-25 win over Fresno State last weekend. He announced to reporters that he also required surgery and his season was done. Junior receiver Josh Huff, who went down with what appeared to be a left knee injury on a first-half kickoff return last week against Fresno State, was in uniform but did not play. Despite the errors Saturday, Fisher says the Ducks are ready for the Pac-12. "Absolutely. Of course," he said. "We were prepared in fall camp." ' ' '

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