Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 23

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 23 ===

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-92,
on Sunday at America West Arena.

Phoenix was led by 25 points and 12 rebounds from Amare Stoudemire. Shawn
Marion chipped in 22 points and a game-high 13 boards for the reeling Suns,
who have dropped a season-high eight straight games.

The Suns overcame a 14-point deficit to pull ahead at halftime and led by as
many as six points in the third quarter. But LA rebounded to pull ahead 62-61
on Gary Payton’s bucket inside the 5:00 mark.

There were four lead changes and four ties after that until the Lakers grabbed
the lead for good at 72-69 on Payton’s three. Kobe Bryant then scored
the period’s final bucket to give the Lakers a 74-69 advantage heading
into the fourth quarter.

Phoenix got as close as four several times in the opening minutes of the
fourth — the last time around the 6:00 mark when Stoudemire made it 86-82.
But the Lakers followed that bucket by outscoring Phoenix 14-8 over the next
four minutes to take a comfortable 100-90 lead with two minutes remaining.

The Suns never threatened after that, and the Lakers secured a 3-1 victory in
the season series with Phoenix while improving to 17-2 when they score at
least 100 points.

Phoenix is 2-22 when they allow 100 points or more.

The Suns are off until Wednesday they host the New York Knicks.