Friday , Dec , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Suns are winning without Stoudemire

(Sports Network) – Even with All-Star Amare Stoudemire on the sidelines with
a serious knee injury, the Phoenix Suns have been able to find a way to rack
up plenty of wins in the early going of the 2005-06 campaign.

The red-hot Suns go for their ninth win in a row on Friday, as they welcome
the New York Knicks to America West Arena. This is the first meeting between
the clubs since they made a major trade during the offseason. The Knicks
traded forward Kurt Thomas and the draft rights to Dijon Thompson to Phoenix
for Quentin Richardson, the draft rights to Nate Robinson and cash

New York is scheduled to host the Suns on January 2, 2006 at Madison Square
Garden in the final contest of the season of the 2005-06 campaign between the

The Suns have won three in a row against the Knicks, while these two teams
have split the last 10 contests. New York has dropped two straight and three
of its last four at Phoenix.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash scored 28 points and dished out 14 assists to pace the
Suns to their eighth consecutive win, 118-110, over the Golden State Warriors
on Wednesday at The Arena in Oakland. Shawn Marion finished with 27 points and
14 rebounds, while Thomas totaled 16 points and 17 boards for Phoenix, which
used a big run in the closing minutes to win at The Arena in Oakland for the
12th time in the last 18 meetings.

Raja Bell added 19 points before fouling out in the win over Golden State for
the Suns. Bell was 5-of-9 from three-point range, while Marion was 4-of-6 from
beyond the arc.

Phoenix, which will visit the surprising Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at
the Staples Center, is 8-4 as the host this season. The Suns have won seven in
a row in front of their home crowd.

Nash is averaging 18.6 points and a team-best 10.7 assists for the Suns. He
has scored in double-digits in 16 of Phoenix’ first 17 games and has dished
out 10 more assists in 11 contests.

The Suns have scored at least 100 points in five straight and six of their
last seven contests. They have reached the century mark in 13 games and have
allowed over 100 points six times.