Monday , Jan , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 3

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 3 ===

(Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored a career-high 50 points as the
Phoenix Suns fought off the Portland Trail Blazers, 117-98.

Stoudemire shot 20-for-27 from the field and added 11 rebounds for the Suns,
who have won two straight and 13 of 14. Quentin Richardson added 20 points
while Shawn Marion and Joe Johnson each chipped in with 15 for the Suns, who
shot 52 percent from the field en route to the victory.

Richardson has scored in double-digits in seven of his last eight games.

A Ruben Patterson hoop 10 seconds into the fourth quarter pulled the Blazers
within 83-81. But Stoudemire ripped off nine points during a 12-2 run that
made it 95-83 with 6:36 left. The Blazers would not get the deficit to single
digits the rest of the way.

The Suns return to action on Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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