Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 26

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 26 ===

(Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 14 rebounds for
Phoenix, spoiling Stephon Marbury’s return to the desert with a 113-95 win
over the New York Knicks on Wednesday at America West Arena.

Joe Johnson added 22 points, eight boards and five assists, as the Suns put
the brakes on a season-high eight-game slide. Shawn Marion contributed 18
points in the win before leaving with 6:01 to play in the third quarter due
to a sprained left ankle.

Stoudemire has a personal-best seven consecutive games with at least 20
points. Only Tim Duncan has a longer streak — 12.

Johnson buried a trey less than three minutes into the final frame to push
the margin to 89-72, but New York would not go away quietly, scoring eight
of the next 10 points to narrow the gap to 11 at 91-80 with 6:49 remaining.

The difference stayed at 11 points until Jake Voskuhl’s three-point play
with 2:36 to go made it 105-91. After Anfernee Hardaway missed a layup at
the other end, former Knick Howard Eisley added a jumper to increase the
margin to 16, virtually putting the game out of reach just before the
two-minute mark.

Phoenix, one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, had a 33-16
advantage on the boards and outscored the Knicks in the paint 40-16 in the
first half.

Phoenix had shipped Marbury, along with Anfernee Hardaway and Cezary
Trebanski for Antonio McDyess, Eisley, Charlie Ward, Maciej Lampe, the
rights to Milos Vujanic and two first-round draft picks.

McDyess, in his third game since coming off the injured list, finished with
eight points in 15 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting, as the Suns improved to 7-18
since the deal and picked up their first win in their gym in six games.

Phoenix will return to action on Friday when it starts a brief two-game road
trip in Seattle. The Suns have dropped two of three to the Sonics this
season and have lost four of the last five meetings in the series. Phoenix
is also winless in its last four trips to the Emerald City.