Saturday , Feb , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 28

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 28 ===

(Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire led all scorers with 24 points in
leading the Phoenix Suns to a 104-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on
Friday at KeyArena.

Shawn Marion added 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds but it was Howard
Eisley who made several key baskets en route to 16 points for the Suns, who
have won two straight on the heels of an eight-game skid. Joe Johnson and
Leandro Barbosa chipped in with 17 and 13, respectively.

Seattle trailed by as much as 17 with less than five minutes remaining in the
third period but kept nibbling away at the margin.

Phoenix held Seattle at bay until Ray Allen’s baseline three-pointer capped a
9-0 rally that brought the Sonics within four at 94-90 with 3:44 left in the
game. Just as they had done all contest when Seattle threatened, the Suns
bounced right back to get more breathing room.

Eisley scored the only two buckets over the next three minutes until Allen’s
free throws made it 98-92 with 51 seconds to play.

Seattle just ran out of time as the Suns made their free throws down the
stretch to seal the win.

The Suns, who will face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, have just one win in
their last seven on the road and are 7-24 away from home this season.