Monday , Dec , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 27

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 27 ===

(Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in 33 points and pulled down six
rebounds to power the Phoenix Suns past the Toronto Raptors, 106-94, on Sunday
at America West Arena.

Shawn Marion, Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson each netted 18 points for the
Suns (24-3), who continue to improve on their best start in franchise history.
Phoenix has won 11 in a row and 20 of its last 21 contests.

Marion also grabbed 18 boards, while Nash handed out 13 assists.

Nash became the first player in NBA history to record 11 straight games with
10-or-more assists and have his team win each of those contests. The old
record was 10 by Magic Johnson.

The 24-3 record by the Suns marks the best start in the league since the
1995-96 Chicago Bulls began the campaign 41-3.

Stoudemire has scored 30 or more points in three straight games. He has
registered nine double-doubles this season and has scored 30 or more points
nine times.

The Suns are off until Tuesday when they visit Tim Duncan and the San Antonio
Spurs. Last season, San Antonio swept the four meetings with the Suns.

PHO