Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Scorching Suns clash with Clippers

(Sports Network) – The top two teams in the Pacific Division meet tonight, as
the red-hot Phoenix Suns visit the streaking Los Angeles Clippers at the
Staples Center.

The Suns and Clippers are currently tied for first place in the Pacific.
Phoenix has won nine games in a row, while Los Angeles is on a three-game
winning streak.

The road team has won five of seven and 11 of the last 15 meetings in this
series, while Phoenix has won four straight after losing the last two
contests. The Suns have won three straight at the Clippers.

Phoenix has won nine straight games overall. Reigning MVP Steve Nash scored 19
points and dished out nine assists to lead the Suns over the New York Knicks,
85-81, on Friday at America West Arena.

Raja Bell added 17 points and Shawn Marion had 14 points and 10 rebounds in
the win over New York for the Suns. Eddie House recorded 15 points off the
bench for Phoenix, which won despite not hitting a shot from the field over
the final 6:24 of the game.

The Suns are 4-1 on the road this season. They return home on Sunday to host
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at America West Arena, before going back
on the road for three contests.

LA plays the fourth contest of a five-game homestand. On Wednesday, Elton
Brand and Cuttino Mobley both scored 24 points to lead the Clippers to an
84-79 win over the New York Knicks at Staples Center.

Brand pulled down 11 rebounds, while Sam Cassell added 16 points and 11
assists in the win over New York for the Clippers, who battled back to win for
their fourth contest in their last five tries. Los Angeles has won seven
straight over the Knicks at home.

The Clippers, who will host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday in the finale of the
current stand, are 8-1 at home this season.