Monday , Nov , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns trying to get back to their winning ways

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns have been picked by many to win the
Western Conference in the 2006-07 season. However the new campaign has not
started out great for the reigning Pacific Division champions.

Phoenix is 3-6 after nine contests and is still trying to find its game. On
Monday, the Golden State Warriors go for their sixth straight win when they
welcome the Suns to ORACLE Arena. The Suns and Warriors have split the last
six contests in the series. Phoenix has lost five of its last eight at Golden

The Suns attempt to get back on the winning track versus the Warriors. On
Saturday, Deron Williams scored 25 points and handed out 14 assists to lead
the Utah Jazz to a 120-117 overtime victory over Phoenix at the Delta Center.
The Suns blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, and missed two open
three-point shots in the final three seconds that would have tied the game.

All-Star forward Shawn Marion scored 35 points and grabbed six rebounds in the
loss for the Suns, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Raja Bell scored
20 and Amare Stoudemire netted 19 and pulled down 12 rebounds for Phoenix.

Phoenix is 0-4 on the road this season. After Monday’s game, the Suns return
home for a two-game stand. The will host the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
on Wednesday and the New Jersey Nets on Friday at US Airways Center.

Leandro Barbosa leads the Suns in scoring (19.9 ppg), while Marion has grabbed
a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game and reigning MVP Steve Nash has dished out a
club-high 10.9 assists.

Stoudemire, who has returned from a serious knee injury, is averaging 14.1
points and 6.8 rebounds.