Thursday , Mar , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Marion stars as Suns down Bucks

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion posted 29 points and pulled sown
18 rebounds as Phoenix downed Milwaukee 123-110 at America West Arena.

Marion has collected a double-double in six straight games, and leads the
league with 44 this season.

Steve Nash scored 23 points and dished 13 assists for Phoenix, which won its
eighth straight. Boris Diaw added 16 points, and Raja Bell had 14 points.
Leandro Barbosa and Pat Burke, who notched a season high, both scored 12
points, while James Jones added 10 points in the win.

Michael Redd scored 37 points to pace the Bucks, who had a two-game winning
streak snapped. Rookie Andrew Bogut scored 15 points, while T.J. Ford had 13.
Charlie Bell scored 12 points, and Bobby Simmons netted 11. Jamaal Magloire
added eight points and 11 boards.

Phoenix led early with a 28-23 lead heading into the second quarter. The Suns
opened the stanza on a 24-8 run capped by an Eddie House jumper with 4:46 left
to make the score 52-31, and they led 62-50 at halftime.

Phoenix ended the third quarter on a 19-6 streak capped by a Marion jumper
with about 21 seconds to go to give the Suns a 97-77 lead heading into the
final stanza.

The Bucks closed the gap by seven points during the fourth quarter, but
Phoenix’s early lead proved insurmountable.

Phoenix played the first of a brief two-game homestand and is 23-8 at home
this season. It has won its last six games at America West Arena. Phoenix is
now a season-high 22 games over .500.

Milwaukee closed out a three-game road trip, and is 12-18 on the road. They
return home to host the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings.

Game Notes

This was the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. Milwaukee is
scheduled to host the Suns on March 28th at the Bradley Center…Phoenix has
won four straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings with Milwaukee…Milwaukee
has lost 18 straight at Phoenix…The Bucks last victory against the Suns was
January 7 of 2004 at Milwaukee…The last time the Bucks won at Phoenix was on
February 21, 1987.