Friday , Dec , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix has found its game

(Sports Network) – After starting the season with five losses in their first
six outings, the Phoenix Suns have bounced back to win seven of their last
eight games. With an 8-6 record, the Suns sit in third placed in the Pacific
Division, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Lakers.

The Suns have scored over 100 points in 11 games this season, and are 5-6 in
those contests. Phoenix is 5-0 when it allows less than 100 points.

The red-hot Suns try to extend their season-long winning streak to six games
when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday to US Airways Center.
Milwaukee has lost 18 straight at Phoenix. The last time the Bucks won in
Arizona was on February 21, 1987. The Suns have also won four of the last five
meetings in this series.

Milwaukee is scheduled to host the Suns on January 26th in the second and
final meeting of the season between the clubs.

Phoenix plays the middle contest of a three-game homestand against the Bucks.
On Wednesday, reigning MVP Steve Nash keyed a fourth-quarter run by scoring
eight of his 17 points as the Suns defeated the Houston Rockets, 102-91, at US
Airways Center.

Amare Stoudemire finished with a team-high 22 points and 15 rebounds for the
Suns, who used a 19-5 fourth-quarter surge to turn a 74-72 deficit into a
91-79 cushion. Raja Bell added 20 points for Phoenix, which has won five
straight and seven of its last eight games overall.

The Suns are 6-2 at home this season. They will host Mike Bibby and the
Sacramento Kings on Tuesday in the finale of the current homestand. Last
season, The Suns and Sacramento split four contests. The Kings have lost two
of three and three of their last five at Phoenix

Stoudemire, who has retruned this season after playing just three games last
season because of a serious knee injury, is averaging 15.0 points, 7.6
rebounds and has played all 14 contests. He has posted three straight double-
doubles and is averaging 22.3 points and 12.0 boards in that span.