Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 15

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 15 ===

(Sports Network) – Phoenix, which owns the best record in the NBA (31-6),
has hit the skids a bit with just its second two-game losing streak of the

To make matters worse, the Suns may be without All-Star point guard Steve Nash
tonight against Washington at the MCI Center due to a bruised thigh. Nash
scored 11 points in 11 minutes before leaving Phoenix’s 101-83 loss to Indiana
in the second quarter on Friday evening.

Amare Stoudemire had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Suns, who
have opened a four-game road trip with consecutive losses. It is the first
time the Suns have dropped back-to-back games since November 10-13 when the
team lost to Cleveland and Sacramento.

Shawn Marion added 12 points for Phoenix, which scored a season-low in points
and failed to reach the 100-point plateau for just the sixth time in 37 games.
The Suns entered the game leading the league in scoring with over 110 points
per game.

Quentin Richardson struggled to an 0-for-11 night shooting. He finished 0-
for-8 from three and had three points all from the free throw line. Phoenix
shot a season-low 39 percent from the field.

Phoenix owns a 15-4 mark on the road this season. The Suns’ will finish their
road trip up in Detroit on Monday. For the year, Phoenix is 13-2 versus the
Eastern Conference.

Phoenix got the best of the Wizards, 110-96, at America West Arena on December
18. The Suns have won two straight in this series, while the home team has
taken five consecutive contests. Washington has won four straight and six of
its last seven home tilts versus Phoenix.