Monday , Jan , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix just keeps on winning

(Sports Network) – Phoenix is 19-10 and owns a two-game lead over the second
place Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division. The Suns attempt to finish
their five-game road trip with a perfect 5-0 record on Monday as they visit
the disappointing New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

It is the second and final meeting of the season between Phoenix and New York.
On December 9th, Nash scored 19 points and dished out nine assists to lead the
Suns over the Knicks, 85-81, at America West Arena. Phoenix has won four
straight and six of the last 11 meetings in this series. The Suns have dropped
six of eight and 10 of their last 13 at New York.

On Saturday, Shawn Marion ended with game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds
to lead the Suns to a 107-98 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls at the United
Center.

Raja Bell registered 19 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who have won
four straight and six of their last eight games overall. Boris Diaw chipped in
16 points, while the reigning MVP Steve Nash came up just short of a triple
double with 14 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.

The Suns are a solid 9-4 on the road this season. After Monday’s game, they
return home for a tough three-game homestand. Phoenix is scheduled to host
Philadelphia, Miami and San Antonio on the upcoming stand.

Nash, who is averaging a team-best 10.6 assists per game this season, has
registered four straight double-doubles and 16 on the season. The reigning MVP
has scored in double-digits in 27 of Phoenix’ 29 games this season.

Phoenix is 15-5 when it scores 100 or more points this season. The Suns have
reached the century mark in six straight contests.

PHO