Friday , Jan , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns host Lakers

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns play the opener of a brief two-game
homestand, as they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers tonight to US Airways
Center.

This is the second of four meetings between the Pacific Division rivals. On
November 3rd, Shawn Marion scored 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as
the Suns held off a late charge to defeat the Lakers, 122-112, at the Staples
Center.

The road team has won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings in this
series, while Phoenix has captured five straight and six of the last seven
contests. The Lakers have lost two straight after winning their last three at
Phoenix.

Phoenix tries to make it two wins in a row this evening. On Wednesday, Marion
had 30 points and 17 rebounds as the Suns burned the Los Angeles Clippers,
112-102, at the Staples Center.

Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points and reigning MVP Steve Nash contributed 20
points and 18 assists in the win over the Clippers for the Suns, who have won
three of four and 10 of their last 13 games overall.

The Suns, who will host the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday, are 15-6 at home
this season. The have won five in a row on their homecourt.

The Lakers closeout a two-game road trip. On Thursday, Mike Bibby scored 40
points and Kenny Thomas posted his first career triple-double, as the
Sacramento Kings outlasted the Lakers, 118-109, in an overtime thriller at
ARCO Arena.

Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 51 points and grabbed nine boards, but it
was not enough for the Lakers, who had their two-game winning streak halted.
Lamar Odom had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before fouling out in
the loss to Sacramento.

Bryant has scored over 30 points in 10 of his last 11 outings. The seven-time
All-Star is averaging 34.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 37 games
this season.

The Lakers are 11-10 on the road this season.

LAL PHO