Monday , Jan , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 19

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 19 ===

(Sports Network) – Joe Johnson hit the game-winning shot with 18.1 seconds
left and finished with 25 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 96-92 win over
the Portland Trail Blazers at America West Arena.

Shawn Marion posted 22 points, 16 boards and seven assists for the Suns, who
matched a season-high with their third straight win. Leandro Barbosa scored 20
points in the win.

“We’re on a streak. Break us up,” Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni joked. “We
didn’t play great in the sense of shooting, but I think we did other things.”

The Trail Blazers led by three after three quarters and maintained a slim
cushion throughout most of the fourth period.

However, a pair of Jake Voskuhl free throws with just over three minutes
remaining gave the Suns a 90-89 lead. Portland, though, countered with three
straight points to seize a 92-90 advantage with 1:48 left, but the Blazers
would not score again.

Marion’s basket with 1:21 left tied the score at 92-92 and Johnson’s putback
with 18.1 seconds remaining gave the Suns a 94-92 advantage.

Rasheed Wallace had a chance to tie, but missed a turnaround jumper with 8.4
seconds left and Marion was immediately fouled two seconds later. He drained
both free throws to make it 96-92.

Portland’s Zach Randolph then missed a shot from in close and Jahidi White
grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

Amare Stoudemire had 16 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an
ankle injury.

Marion is averaging 24.3 points over the last four contests.

The Suns visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.

PHO