Saturday , Mar , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – March 20

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – March 20 ===

(Sports Network) – Phoenix has little to play for but pride at this point in
the season, as it owns the worst record (22-47) in the Western Conference.

The Suns have lost two straight and 15 of their last 19 games, including a
93-80 defeat to Minnesota Friday night.

Shawn Marion netted 21 points and grabbed 10 boards for the Suns, who dropped
their fifth straight game at home. For the year, Phoenix owns just a 14-21
record at America West Arena.

Joe Johnson registered 18 points, while Amare Stoudemire and Leandra Barbosa
posted 15 points apiece. Stoudemire also secured eight rebounds in the losing

Phoenix is just 14-34 since Mike D’Antoni replaced Frank Johnson as coach on
Dec. 10.

The Suns will continue their two-day honoring of Charles Barkley this evening
when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Barkley will become the 10th player inducted into the Suns’ Ring of Honor and
also will become the eighth player to have his number retired by two teams
this evening.

Milwaukee snapped a seven-game series losing streak with a 95-87 win at the
Bradley Center on January 7. The Suns have still won 11 of 13 and 22 of the
last 25 meetings overall. Milwaukee has dropped 15 straight trips to the
Valley of the Sun.