Wednesday , Mar , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – March 9

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – March 9 ===

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday
at America West Arena in a possible preview of the Western Conference finals.
The Suns have a nine-game lead over the Sacramento Kings for first place in
the Pacific Division, while the San Antonio Spurs own a 7 1/2 game lead over
the second place Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division.

It will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between the
clubs. In the two previous contests, San Antonio picked up a pair of victories
as it won once at the SBC Center and on Phoenix’ homecourt on January 21st,
which was the last contest between the squads.

Overall, the home team has won nine of 13 and 13 of the last 18 meetings in
this series. San Antonio has won six in a row and nine of the 12. The Spurs
have won three straight at Phoenix.

The Spurs have a one-game lead over Phoenix for the top seed in the Western
Conference.

The Suns come into Monday’s game on a three-game winning streak. On Sunday,
Joe Johnson poured in a game-high 30 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead
Phoenix to a 110-99 win over the Seattle SuperSonics in a matchup between two
Western Conference powers at KeyArena.

Amare Stoudemire netted 22 points in Sunday’s win over Seattle, while Shawn
Marion contributed 18 points and nine boards for the Suns, who have won seven
of their last nine games overall. MVP candidate Steve Nash finished with 12
points and a game-high 10 assists.

Phoenix is 27 in games decided by 10 points or more this season. The Suns, who
are 19-3 when they allow under 100 points, are 11-3 in Wednesday games.

Nash has played three of Phoenix’ six games since the All-Star break. He is
averaging 12.3 points and 10.7 assists in that span.

The Suns, who will host Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets on Friday, are
an impressive 22-7 at home this season. Phoenix is 6-4 in its last 10 at
America West Arena.

After hosting the Rockets, Phoenix is scheduled to travel to Denver to face
the Nuggets on Sunday at the Pepsi Center. The Suns defeated the Nuggets,
107-105, on December 20th at Denver. The teams will play twice more in the
2004-05 campaign, as the clubs will meet on March 28th and April 18th at
America West Arena.

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