Thursday , Dec , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Streaking Suns try to come down on Jersey

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns shoot for their eighth straight win this
evening when they open a five-game road trip against the New Jersey Nets at
Continental Airlines Arena.

Phoenix notched its seventh straight win with Tuesday’s 127-102 victory over
the Sacramento Kings at US Airways Center. Leandro Barbosa led six Phoenix
players in double figures with 26 points and Steve Nash had a season-high 20
assists to extend the win streak.

Shawn Marion tallied 23 points, while Amare Stoudemire added 17 and grabbed 13
rebounds for the Suns, who have won nine of 10 since starting the season 1-5.
They also have won seven in a row at home.

Now the Suns will hit the road where they have won two straight and own a 2-4
record. Phoenix is a game behind the LA Lakers in the Pacific Division and
will visit New Jersey, Boston, Charlotte, Orlando and Miami.

Meanwhile, the Nets had a two-game winning streak come to an end with
Tuesday’s 92-75 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Continental Airlines Arena.

Vince Carter chipped in 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Nenad Krstic poured
in 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Nets, who have lost seven of the
last nine games. Jason Kidd finished with 10 points, eight assists and eight
rebounds in the contest for New Jersey, which is 1-7 versus the Western
Conference this season.

The Nets, who lead the Atlantic Division by a half game over Toronto, are 1-1
on a six-game homestand and 4-5 as the host this season.

Phoenix defeated New Jersey, 99-93, on November 24 this season and has won
five of six, seven of 10 and 10 of the last 15 meetings.

The Suns, though, have lost five of six and seven of their last nine trips to
New Jersey.