Thursday , Feb , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Marion, Nash continue to lead Suns

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns will head into the All-Star break in
first place in the Pacific Division. They own a solid 34-17 record and are
four games ahead of the second place Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix plays the first of a three-game homestand on Thursday against the
Rockets. It is the second meeting of the season between the squads. On
November 23rd, Marion led six Phoenix players in double figure scoring with 19
points and also pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Suns beat the Rockets, 100-88,
at the Toyota Center.

The Suns have won two of three and six of the last eight meetings against the
Rockets. Phoenix has won four straight after losing its last three at Houston.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash tallied 19 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished
off 12 assists to lead the Suns to an easy 116-101 win over the Denver Nuggets
on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Shawn Marion added 21 points and 12 boards in the win over Denver for the
Suns, who have won six of their last seven games overall. Raja Bell chipped in
with 20 and five assists, while Boris Diaw had 17 points and 10 boards in the
victory.

Phoenix, which will play the Boston Celtics on February 22nd and the Charlotte
Bobcats on February 25th in the finale of the current stand, is 19-8 as the
host this season. The Suns have won two straight at home.

Marion will be a reserve for the West in Sunday’s All-Star Game, while Nash
will be in the starting lineup.

Nash is second on the team in scoring (19.3 ppg) and has dished out a league-
leading 11.1 assists per game. He has registered three straight double-doubles
and averaged 19 points and 11.7 assists per game in the span. The Santa Clara
product has scored in double-digits times 48 this season and has registered 30
double-doubles.

Marion leads the Suns in scoring (21.2 ppg) and rebounding (11.9 rpg). He has
scored in double-digits in all 51 of Phoenix’ games and has collected 39
double-doubles.

The Suns have scored over 100 points in 14 straight games and are 10-4 in
those contests.

PHO