Tuesday , Feb , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 1

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The red hot Phoenix Suns shoot for their sixth
consecutive victory on Tuesday, when they continue their season-long six-game
road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

These teams have split a pair of meetings this season — both in Phoenix. Most
recently, the Grizzlies registered an 88-79 victory on January 19th at America
West Arena. Nonetheless, Phoenix has won 23 of the last 29 meetings in this
series, including four of seven at the Grizzlies.

Phoenix has strung together its current winning streak on the heels of a six-
game skid, which included injuries to starting point guard Steve Nash. With
Nash back in the fold, the Suns have returned to their early season form,
including Sunday’s 123-105 thumping of Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, as Phoenix
ran the Raptors off their own court. Joe Johnson added 24 and Shawn Marion,
who had 12 rebounds in the first quarter, finished with 21 points and 17

Nash had 19 points and 12 assists in the win and Quentin Richardson chipped in
with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Suns have scored 121 points or more in
four straight games and in five of their last six. For the year, the Suns are
averaging a league-high 109.7 points per contest.

Phoenix burned the nets against Toronto, hitting 52.3 percent from the field,
including 10-of-23 (.435) from three-point range. The Suns also drained 23-
of-29 (.793) from the free throw line.

The Suns, who have won the first four on their current road swing, are 19-6 in
foreign buildings this season. Phoenix is 6-3 against the Southwest and 18-6
overall versus the Western Conference this season.

Stoudemire has scored more than 20 points in six straight games and is
averaging 31.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in that span. The 22-year-old
center/forward has netted 20 or more points in 35 of the Suns’ 46 games this

After playing the Grizzlies, Phoenix travels to Minnesota to face the
Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Suns are 1-1 against the Timberwolves this
season. The teams are scheduled to play once again on April 1st at America
West Arena.

On Saturday, the Suns return home to face the New York Knicks. On January
25th, Phoenix defeated New York, 133-118, at Madison Square Garden.