Wednesday , Dec , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 8

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The surprising Phoenix Suns go for their third straight
win tonight, as they visit Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at the
Staples Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two squads. On November
19, Phoenix knocked off the Lakers, 107-102, at America West Arena. Overall,
the home team has won 12 of the last 16 contests in this series. The Suns have
lost 10 of 12 and 15 of their last 18 at the Lakers.

On Tuesday, Amare Stoudemire tallied 33 points and 11 rebounds and the Suns
used a 21-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Golden State Warriors,
118-104, at America West Arena. Steve Nash poured in 26 points and 11 assists
for Phoenix, which has captured 11 of their last 12 games. With an overall
mark of 15-3, the Suns are off to their best start since the 1993-94 campaign,
when they also won 15 of their first 18 games. Shawn Marion added 23 points in
the victory.

The Suns trailed Golden State 92-85 with over 10 minutes to play in
regulation, but used an amazing 21-0 run to go ahead 106-92. After 12 straight
points gave them the lead with six minutes left, Nash nailed a three-pointer
to stake the Suns to an eight-point advantage. On the Warriors next
possession, a steal by Marion led to a flagrant foul.

Marion hit from the charity stripe and when the Suns got the ball back due to
the nature of the infraction, they couldn’t score. However, on offensive foul
on Golden State gave the ball right back to Phoenix and Stoudemire connected
from the paint for a 103-92 lead before a trey by Joe Johnson capped the
tremendous surge at 4:34. Golden State went seven minutes and 17 seconds
without a field goal. The run was too much for the Warriors, who were
outscored 35-17 in the final stanza.

Stoudemire has scored in double-digits in all 18 of the Suns’ games this
season. He has recorded six double-doubles.

The Suns are 8-1 as the visitor this season.