Friday , Dec , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Suns trying to stay on top

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns (17-10) have won the first two games of
their current five-game road trip, and own a one-game lead over the second
place Los Angeles Clippers (16-11) in the Pacific Division.

Phoenix visits the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. It is the first of two
meetings between the clubs this season. The Suns are scheduled to host the
Bobcats on February 25, 2006 at America West Arena. Phoenix has won the only
two contests between these teams.

On Wednesday, Shawn Marion poured in a game-high 28 points to lead Phoenix
past the Washington Wizards, 104-99, at the MCI Center. Reigning MVP Steve
Nash finished with 19 points and 16 assists, while James Jones contributed 16
points and seven boards in the win over Washington for the Suns, who have won
four of their last six games overall.

Phoenix is 7-4 as the visitor this season. The Suns will visit Chicago and New
York in the final two contests of the road trip.

Marion leads the Suns in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg). He has
scored in double-digits in all of Phoenix’ games and has registered 19 double-
doubles.

The Suns are 13-5 when they score 100 or more points this season. They are 2-7
when they allow 100 or more points.

On the injury front, guard Leandro Barbosa (knee) and forwards Amare
Stoudemire (knee) and Brian Grant (knee) are all sidelined indefinitely.

PHO