Monday , Feb , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 14

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – February 14 ===

(Sports Network) – The Pacific Division-leading Phoenix Suns will try to
be the first team in the league to 41 wins on Monday, when they host the
Utah Jazz at America West Arena. Phoenix has won nine of its last 11 and 16
of its past 24 contests, including a 106-102 overtime victory over the
Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland on Sunday. Joe Johnson scored
23 and three other Phoenix players recorded 20-plus point efforts in the
victory over Golden State.

Shawn Marion finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds and Quentin Richardson
had 21 points and seven boards in Sunday’s win for the Suns, who have won four
of five. Steve Nash tallied 20 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which needed
overtime after blowing a double-digit fourth quarter lead.

The Suns shot 46 percent from the field in the win, while limiting the
Warriors to 36.4 percent shooting. Phoenix hit 8-of-16 (.500) from three-point
range and 18-of-28 (.643) from the free throw line.

Flu-ridden Amare Stoudemire was limited to nine points, putting an en to his
string of 11 consecutive 20-point games. The last Phoenix player to score at
least 20 points in 12 or more consecutive games was Charles Barkley, who did
it in 14 straight in 1992-93.

Phoenix has actually lost three of its last five home tilts to fall to 18-5 in
its friendly confines this season. The Suns have their next three and eight of
their next 10 games at America West Arena.

Nash has recorded five straight double-doubles and is averaging 23.8 points
and 13.6 assists in that span. The 31-year-old Nash has averaged 16.3 points
and a league-best 11.3 assists this season.

Phoenix has won two of three meetings with the Jazz this season, but Utah won
the most recent meeting, 115-108, on January 12th at the Delta Center. The
Jazz have actually won nine of the last 13 meetings, including four of their
last six trips to Phoenix

The Suns are scheduled to host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in their final
game before the All-Star break. On November 16th, Phoenix defeated the
Mavericks, 107-101, at American Airlines Center. The teams are scheduled to
meet on February 17th at America West Arena in the final meeting between the
clubs in the 2004-05 campaign.

Marion, Nash and Stoudemire will represent the Suns in Sunday’s All-Star Game
at the Pepsi Center.