Saturday , Nov , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns, Grizzlies vie for much-needed wins

(Sports Network) – Two teams that are struggling at the start of the new
season square off tonight, as the Phoenix Suns welcome the Memphis Grizzlies
to US Airways Center.

Phoenix is 1-5, which is the its worst start since the team opened the 1996-97
campaign with 13 straight losses. On Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki poured in 35
points and made all 12 of his foul shots, helping Dallas to its first win of
the season, 119-112 over the struggling Suns at US Airways Center.

Leandro Barbosa tied a career-high with 30 points and reigning MVP Steve Nash
had 20 points and nine assists, but turned the ball over 10 times in the loss
to the Mavericks for Phoenix.

All-Star forward Shawn Marion totaled 21 points in defeat, while Amare
Stoudemire finished with 16 for the Suns, who shot 11-of-21 from beyond the

The Suns, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, are 0-2 at
home this season. They will host Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers on
November 17th in the finale of the current stand.

Memphis, which has lost two in a row, begins a three-game road trip this
evening. All-Star center Yao Ming finished with 24 points and seven rebounds
to lead the Houston Rockets to an 86-80 win over the Grizzlies at the

Stromile Swift scored 15 points to pace in the loss to the Rockets for the
Grizzlies, while veteran Eddie Jones netted 14 and rookie Rudy Gay
contributed 12 points.

The Grizzlies are 0-1 on the road, as they lost to the Detroit Pistons, 95-86,
on November 4th at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Memphis is scheduled to visit
the Lakers on Sunday and the Sacramento Kings on November 15th.

Last season, Memphis won two of three from the Suns. The Grizzlies are 4-18 at