Thursday , Jan , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 29

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 29 ===

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns found themselves on the losing end of a
101-79 decision against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Joe Johnson led the Suns with 23 points and Shawn Marion contributed 16 points
and seven boards, as Phoenix lost for the fourth time in five games.

Indiana took control of the contest by opening the second half on a 25-6 run,
turning a strong 52-44 lead into a 77-50 blowout with 4:11 left in the third
quarter.

The Suns had the Pacers’ lead below 20 points on a couple occasions in the
final stanza, but never got closer than 18 points.

Phoenix continued to play without reigning Rookie of the Year Amare
Stoudemire, who has missed the team’s last six games with an ankle injury.
Stoudemire, who has played just 23 games this season, is expected to miss the
remainder of the Phoenix’ five-game road trip.

The Suns waived center Scott Williams prior to the contest after the 14-year
veteran turned down an offer to join the team’s coaching staff, with the hopes
of continuing his playing career. Williams averaged 7.3 points and 4.5
rebounds in 16 games this season.

Phoenix, which will play the third leg of its trip on Friday against
Washington, is 6-19 on the road this season.

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