Tuesday , Mar , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix is headed towards second straight Pacific crown

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns are 45-20 and own a comfortable six-
game lead over the second place Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific
Division. They are No. 2 in the Western Conference playoff race.

Last season, the Suns finished a league-best 62-20. They were eliminated in
five games by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.

On Tuesday, the Suns attempt to get back on the winning track as they visit
the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center. It is the third and final meeting of the
season between the clubs. The Suns won the two previous contests, as they were
victorious at home and on the road.

Phoenix has won three in a row against the Jazz. The Suns have won three of
their last four at Utah.

The Suns conclude a brief two-game road trip against Utah. On Friday, Nazr
Mohammed tied a career-high with 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the San
Antonio Spurs knocked off the Suns, 108-102, in a battle of two of the Western
Conference’s best teams at the AT&T Center.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash poured in 30 points and also dished out six assists in
the loss to the Spurs for Phoenix, while All-Star forward Shawn Marion
finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Boris Diaw netted 15 in defeat.

The Suns are a solid 19-11 as the visitor this season. They have lost two of
their last three on the road. After Tuesday’s game, Phoenix returns home to
host Portland on Thursday and Denver on Saturday.

Nash, who is second on the club in scoring (19.8 ppg) and leads the NBA in
assists (10.8 apg), has scored over 20 points in three straight games. He is
averaging 22.3 points and 10.7 assists in his last 10 outings.

PHO