Thursday , Jan , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns host Warriors

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns attempt to get back on the winning track
tonight when they welcome Pacific Division rival Golden State to US Airways
Center.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Suns have won
the two previous contests as they pick up a win at home and at The Arena in
Oakland.

The teams will play once more in the 2005-06 campaign. Golden State is
scheduled to host the Suns on April 14th at The Arena.

The Suns have won four of six and five of the last eight meetings in this
series. Golden State has lost three of its last four at Phoenix.

Phoenix plays the first of a brief two-game homestand. On Tuesday, Carmelo
Anthony scored 43 points and hit the game-winning jumper with 2.9 seconds
remaining in triple-overtime to give the Denver Nuggets an exciting 139-137
victory over the Suns at the Pepsi Center.

Raja Bell registered 30 points and six assists, while Shawn Marion finished
with 28 points and 14 rebounds and reigning MVP Steve Nash contributed 26
points and 13 assists before fouling out during the loss to Denver for the
Suns, who had a three-game winning streak halted.

Tuesday’s game marked Phoenix’s second triple-OT game in 2006, as the Suns
lost to the New York Knicks, 140-133 on January 2nd at Madison Square Garden.

The Suns, who will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday,
are 13-6 as the host this season. They have won three in a row at home.

Golden State will try and halt a three-game losing streak tonight. On
Wednesday, Dwyane Wade poured in 32 points and dished out 11 assists, as the
Miami Heat defeated the Warriors, 110-96, at The Arena.

Baron Davis scored 26 points and Mike Dunleavy added 21 for Golden State,
which lost eight of its last 11 games overall. The Warriors have lost five of
their last six homes games and their last four contests versus Miami.
Jason Richardson tallied 15 points and Derek Fisher ended with 12 points in
defeat.

The Warriors are 8-8 on the road this season. After tonight’s game, they
return to The Arena in Oakland for a three-game homestand. Golden State will
host the Lakers, Seattle and Cleveland on the upcoming stand.

GSW PHO