Saturday , Dec , 31 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Suns remain hot with OT win over Bulls

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion had a game-highs of 28 points and
16 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 107-98 overtime win over Chicago in the
United Center.

Raja Bell added 19 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who won their fourth
consecutive game. Boris Diaw chipped in 16 points while the defending league
MVP, Steve Nash, came up just short of a triple double with 14 points, 10
assists and eight rebounds.

Kirk Hinrich had 25 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth consecutive
game. Chris Duhon added 16 along with nine rebounds for Chicago while Luol
Deng had 16 points and 14 boards.

Marion and Eddie House dominated the overtime period for Phoenix, scoring 13
of the Suns’ 15 points in the extra frame.

Phoenix took control with a 7-0 burst featuring two straight Marion buckets
and the dagger, a House trey from the left wing. The flurry gave Phoenix a
101-94 cushion with 1:42 left in overtime.

The Bulls finally answered with a Ben Gordon layup, but any hope of a comeback
was quickly spiked when House unfurled a beautiful bounce pass to Marion for
an emphatic dunk and a 103-96 Suns’ advantage with just 43 seconds left.

Hinrich drilled a three from straight away to give Chicago a 91-86 lead with
1:44 left. Nash then the lead to three when he drove the lane for an a running
layup with just 50 ticks left.

After a Gordon miss, Phoenix’s James Jones was fouled driving down the lane.
The third-year player made both free throws to cut the Bulls’ cushion to one
at 91-90.

Bell fouled Darius Songaila with 18.6 seconds remaining. The former Wake
Forest star made just one of two to make it 92-90.

Nash then quickly drove the lane and drew the defense before threading the
needle to Marion for an easy lay-in to tie things with six seconds left.

Gordon was given the opportunity to win it, but his runner fell off the rim
harmlessly to send things to overtime.

Chicago held a 49-45 halftime lead and took a 75-69 advantage into the fourth
quarter.

Game Notes

Chicago is 5-8 at home…Phoenix is 9-4 away from home this season and
improved to 4-0 on its current five-game road trip…House had 11 points off
the bench for the Suns…Songaila had 14 off the pine for Chicago…The
battle of the boards was almost dead even at 49-48 for Chicago…Marion was
13-of-22 from the floor…The six-game slide is Chicago’s longest losing
streak since it started last season with nine straight defeats.

CHI PHO