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Suns Beat Bulls; Clinch Playoff Spot
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Channing Frye hit a clutch 3-pointer with 41.6 seconds to go Tuesday night and the Phoenix Suns clinched a playoff berth by beating the Chicago Bulls 111-105 for their eighth straight win.

Steve Nash scored seven of his 22 points in the final two minutes and had 10 assists. Amar'e Stoudemire added 21 points for the Suns, 13 in the first quarter.

Flip Murray and Derrick Rose, who kept Chicago close down the stretch with 10 points in the final period, had 23 points each. The Bulls are 1{ games behind Toronto for the eighth playoff spot in East.

Richardson's 3-pointer with three minutes left gave Phoenix a one-point lead, but Rose drove in for a short shot and put Chicago back ahead 12 seconds later.

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